Using a Screwdriver

1. Maximize the grip strength. If you can still grip the screw head with a screwdriver, try one last time to remove it by hand. Follow these instructions first to maximize your chances:
2. Add material for extra grip. If the screwdriver keeps slipping out of the stripped hole, cover it with a small piece of material that gives extra grip. Press this into the hold with the screwdriver and try again. Here are some options:
3. Tap the screwdriver into place with a hammer. Tap the screwdriver in gently to avoid breaking the screw head. Skip this step if you are working with a fragile object.
4. Push down hard as you rotate. Place your palm against the end of the screwdriver, with your arm directly behind it. Press directly down into the screw with your full forearm as you rotate the screwdriver.
5. Heat the area. If you can heat the screw without damaging the object the screw is attached to, this will often loosen the threads. Apply a heat gun or propane torch to the screw, moving it constantly to avoid overheating. Once it is hot enough to sizzle a drop of water, let the screw cool, then try again.
6. Cut a flat-head notch with a dremel or hacksaw. If your screwdriver still can't get a good grip, cut a notch into the screw head. Insert a flat-head screwdriver and attempt to turn the screw. You can combine this with any of the approaches above.