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Veritas Screw Lifter

Removing a stripped screw or a drywall screw that missed the stud can be a trial — you try to back the screw out with a screwdriver, you almost get it, but it slips back into the hole again. Sometimes you can grab the deviant screw with your fingers or a set of pliers, but Lee Valley sells a tool designed especially for removing stripped screws.

Lee Valley makes the Veritas screw lifter from spring steel, with an arched shape to help you pop out stripped screws. Either slip the lifter’s notched tip under the screw head and press down on the arch to pop out the screw; or push down the arch, slip the screw into the keyhole cutout, and release the arch to pull the screw.

At $9 this might not be a practical tool for everyone, but if you put up a lot of drywall, it could save you some time — especially if you’re not very good at hitting the studs.

Screw Lifter [Veritas]
Screw Lifter [Lee Valley]

 

6 Responses to Pop Stripped Screws Free In Seconds

  1. John Eisenhower says:

    My fingernail works just as good, and they replace themselves! Talk about lifetime warranty. 🙂

  2. DaveS says:

    I invite Lee Valley / Veritas to send me one for testing. Maybe having it in my hands would convince me it’s more useful than it looks.

    I usually get along fine using the $1 mini prybars, since my fingernails are kinda brittle.

  3. Fred says:

    We usually just push them through – as you need to compound the hole anyway.

  4. ryan says:

    needlenose pliers…..

  5. Nick says:

    Wait, why don’t you guys use the other end of the drywall hammer like it was meant to be used………….

  6. Bill says:

    Alright, Fred!

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