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Old 11-15-2011, 03:23 PM   #1
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rusted and stripped drain screws

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Shower floor drain cover screws are rusted. One seems to be broken since someone tried to remove it before. The one that is still in is stripped. I bent the cover to get the clogged stuff out of the pipe. I am trying to remove the screw and put in a new cover. I have put in some WD40 overnight. I cannot get any phillips head screwdriver to work. How can I take it out now?

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Old 11-15-2011, 03:28 PM   #2
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The head is stripped? a proper drill bit size and screw extractor

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Old 11-15-2011, 03:31 PM   #3
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Thanks Brian. Will try to go get this. One is stripped and the other is broken. Not sure how to take that out either. Maybe if I can get this one out, I can try a vice-grip and turning little at a time (hopeful). Is there a better way?
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:33 PM   #4
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Either a drill or angle grinder would be the tools of choice there, Vic. Since you have no need for the bent grate, the grinder would likely be quicker.

If you have a plastic drain, the grinder might make more heat than you want unless you're very careful. But being a surgeon and all, you shouldn't have any trouble with that, eh?

Actually getting the screw out of the hole is another matter. While it's possible to drill some bolts and use an "easy-out," the bolt you're dealing with is gonna be too small for that unless you are pretty accomplished at the procedure.

It's possible that if you grind off the head you'll still have enough shaft to get holt of with vice-grip pliers. Or not.

Might also be that you can drill new holes for the grate attachment, depending upon what you're working with.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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Old 11-15-2011, 05:45 PM   #5
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If this is a 'traditional shower' with an Oatey round drain, then why not install a new threaded-drain-part-that-holds-the-grate thingee?

Can one unscrew the old one and screw a new one in?

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I've used a dremel w cutting wheel in situations like this. Cut a slot in top making sure you get deep enough then flathead screwdriver.
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