We have these crusty support brackets on the stairs which along with their mounting screws are covered in dirt, carpet glue and about 30 years of paint. We all know that equation equals the DIY nightmare which is a stripped screw or in this case, many stripped screws, eventually leading to you having to drill the head out with a metal bit leaving a stud to deal with… Not fun or ideal. I had high hopes that the rubber band trick Andrea saw on Life Hacker via Apartment Therapy would work but it did not. These simply had too much load and friction on them.
After laboriously drilling out a few stripped heads with my Ryobi drill, I decided the instead of drilling out the head and leaving the post of the screw in the wood for eternity, I should add a nice deep line in the head of the stripped screws using a Dremel tool, making it a perfect hold for a flat head screw driver. Guess what? It worked!! Made my life a whole lot easier too.
So if you find yourself stuck with some mean stripped screws don’t discount the rubber-band method (Full tutorial on Apartment Therapy). If that DIY trick doesn’t work you will probably want to break out the Dremel tool and give them enough of a slice to hand crank out with a flat head screw driver.
Ok back to work I go! Wish me luck on the final stretch of the complete staircase flip.