How to Drill Out a Screw

The screw is one of the most common and essential pieces of hardware in a home. It holds things together, keeps things in place, and helps us make things more functional. But like any other piece of hardware, there are times when a screw needs to be drilled out. This guide will teach you how to do it using the right tools and techniques.

What You’ll Need

To drill out a screw, you’ll need:
A drill
A screwdriver
A bit that matches the screw size
Cordless drill batteries
An anchor (optional)

Start by finding the screw. If it’s loose, it may be easy to remove. If not, find the hole it screws into and use a magnifying glass to identify the size of screw.

Next, locate the drill bit. It should be marked with a number or letter that corresponds to the screw size. In most cases, the bit will come with instructions on how to use it.

Insert the bit into the drill and turn it on. Hold the screwdriver steady as you slowly lower it into the hole until it touches the screw. Quickly start drilling away at the screw with short, quick strokes. As soon as you hit resistance, back off and try again.

If you’re using an anchor, make sure to attach it before continuing. Once you’ve drilled out all of the screws, use a wrench to remove them from the fixture.

How to Do It

If you’ve ever had to drill out a screw, you know it can be a pain. Here’s how to do it quickly and easily: 

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1. Get the correct sized screwdriver. For screws that are 2 inches or less, use a standard screwdriver. For screws that are more than 2 inches, use a phillips screwdriver.

2. Find the screw head. The screw head is the part of the screw that you’ll be drilling out. It’s usually marked with a number or letter.

3. Place the screwdriver on the screw head and turn it clockwise to unscrew it. Be careful not to twist the screwdriver! If you do, you’ll damage the screw and it won’t work properly anymore.

4. Once the screw is out, use a Phillips head screwdriver to unscrew the remaining screws in the same way.

Tips for a Successful Drilling Out

If you are having trouble drilling out a screw, follow these tips:
-Wear safety goggles and a dust mask.
-Make sure the drill bit is sharp.
-Apply pressure to the screw while drilling.
-Allow the screw to come out of the hole before reaming it out.


If you’re ever faced with a screw that’s difficult to remove, or one that just won’t budge no matter how much force you put into it, don’t despair! There are several techniques you can use to drill out a stubborn screw. Hopefully, this article has given you the information you need to get your screws out without any trouble. Thanks for reading!