(Closed) How to Get a Rusted Screw Out of Metal?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 4
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I don’t want to stereotype my fellow Bees, but perhaps a wedding website catering to young women may not be the best place to ask for construction advice?

If I were you, I would post this under “Life Pro Tips” on Reddit.com. They get a much more diversified demographic….

Post # 6
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@Coral99:  She was just trying to be helpful and telling you another place to post if you don’t get an answer that works, I actually think her suggestion is a good one, considering no one has yet offered a solution. 

Post # 7
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Coral99:  Maybe try letting it soak in the WD-40 to work down into the threads to loosen them? 

Post # 11
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

WD 40 was a good idea. Definitely give it some time to work it’s magic. Soak that sucker! I’d say, if all else fails, cover the area and paint the strip while it’s still attached. You’ll only make more work for yourself if you pry it up and strip the holes completely or break a screw off!

Post # 12
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Coral99:  Trust me, I feel your pain with rusted screws. We had a bunch and thankfully soaking them worked on all but one, which Darling Husband had to do something else which involved heating it I think.

Post # 13
676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@lashphi:  There are definitely better options than WD-40, especially if you are talking about WD-40 brand lubricant. They do also make a penetrating fluid, which is what you need. Several other options exist, such as PB Blaster, and another one that essentially makes the metal very very cold so that it expands and makes the rust break off, but I forget what it’s called. You can try gripping the head of the screw with vise-grips and see if you can turn it that way. I’m not sure how far in it is, but you said the stripping was metal not wood, right?

Post # 14
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Coral99:  I don’t think she was being sarcastic. I think she was honestly trying to offer you a more specialized website. Most bees here have yet to marry or buy their first homes, and hence would not have the level of knowledge. Getting all up in arms over someone trying to offer more specialized advice doesn’t do anything but cause you stress that isn’t necessary.

I agree with trying different lubricants. Barring that, perhaps cutting it out if that is possible.

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