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How to remove a headless screw? (pic)

A few months ago when I was installing the plp vented radiator panel, one of the screws head broke off as I was tightening it down. Now the problem is that I do not know how to get it out. BTW, sorry for the bad pic. Any suggestions?

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the head is broken off or is the inner side of the head shaved? If its shaved then get a cutter and cut a slit into it and make it a flat head nut. If you lost the entire head, you ar ereally screwd so then what you have to do is drill into the old tail which is stuck in there and use a diameter drill bit which is almost that size of the tail. Then you get this tool that makes grooves for a new machine screw. It will do the job but will never be the same smooth groove. Good luck
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the head is broken off or is the inner side of the head shaved? If its shaved then get a cutter and cut a slit into it and make it a flat head nut. If you lost the entire head, you ar ereally screwd so then what you have to do is drill into the old tail which is stuck in there and use a diameter drill bit which is almost that size of the tail. Then you get this tool that makes grooves for a new machine screw. It will do the job but will never be the same smooth groove. Good luck
Yeah the head is broken off.
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You can get a tool called an ez-out. It comes with a drill bit and the easy out itself. The way it works is you use the drill bit to drill a hole down the center of the screw. Then you use the ez-out which is kind of like a reverse drill bit to extract the screw. It works really well. Not sure if you can find one small enough for your screw though. Sears sells them in sets I believe.
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unfortunately, i can't view the pic, the ez out the best solution. conversely, if there is enough room, you can carefully 'groove' the top of the screw making a perch for a flathead using a metal file. this is the cheap solution and if you're worried about damaging _anything_, don't do it.

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just a reminder that ez-out drill bits drill in reverse unlike normal bits.
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i'm sorry to tell ya... but you're screwed.... :D




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use a drill bit. It works..
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