Under Construction

Heating the screw softens the wood fibers around the screw and also breaks any glue bond. It causes the pores of the wood to open up and the wood to swell slightly.

  • Use a hair dryer
  • Heat a rod.
    Hold the heated end of the rod against the screw head for thirty seconds or so. Repeat this process two or three more times.
  • Use a soldering Iron
    Leave it on about three minutes. You may have to leave it until you start to smell the wood/glue.

Remove old paint around the screw and in the screwdriver slot.

Add a rust penetrating oil like PB Blaster

I used a hacksaw (or sawzall) to cut a notch in the top to created a slotted head which would take a conventional flat screwdriver, when the phillips head was slipping.

Get a metal drill bit the size of the screw head, put your drill on the low speed/high torque setting and drill the screw out.
You can get a left handed drill bit; it might catch and loosen the screw. If not you can drill it out.

I don't know of anyone who has got an Ez Out to work.

last updated 4 Jan 2015