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McFly

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03-08-2017 04:22 PM

Outdoor bench pulled itself apart, so I’ll need to break it down and rebuild it. Only problem is that I covered the screw holes with plugs.

Anyone have a tip/trick for removing glued in plugs covering screws?


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#1 posted 03-08-2017 04:29 PM

Drill them out.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 03-08-2017 04:34 PM

Huh, well – I would drill them out. I suspect you can drill with care, and remove just enough to be able to access the screws without risking damage to the screw heads. If the first one fails badly, then I would have to stop and think of what to try next.

I’d start with a very small drill, and then advance to larger ones, incrementally, until the plug comes loose.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#3 posted 03-08-2017 04:35 PM

A slide hammer with a screw point would work well. Are they just pounded in or glued as well?

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#4 posted 03-08-2017 04:37 PM

Center point drill bit, the right size and one that gets this single use (it’s gonna hit the head of the inset screws and suffer as a result, but it should work for task).

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 03-08-2017 04:42 PM

Use a left hand, HSS drill bit to drill out the plug then engage the screw head and back the screw out.

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McFly

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#6 posted 03-08-2017 05:03 PM



A slide hammer with a screw point would work well. Are they just pounded in or glued as well?

- bigblockyeti

Screwed and glued. But not blued or tattooed

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McFly

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#7 posted 03-08-2017 05:05 PM

Looks like I’ll have to sacrifice a drill bit on this one.

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mike02130

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#8 posted 03-08-2017 07:13 PM

Use a regular HSS drill bit. Plug will break out before you damage the screw head. You can also drive a largeish screw into the plug.

-- Google first, search forums second, ask questions later.

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bondogaposis

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#9 posted 03-08-2017 07:21 PM

I just take an ordinary screw and drive it into the center of the plug, when the screw bottoms out, the plug will pop out.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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putty

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#10 posted 03-08-2017 07:59 PM

Drive a flat head screwdriver in then just pop it out. That’s how it is done with wooden boats.

-- Putty

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#11 posted 03-08-2017 08:45 PM

Ok depending on how well you glued in (I tend to over achieve), A good solution I’ve used in this is a set of plug cutters. Just go one size bigger than the plug drill down and you won’t damage the screw head. You can then get it out and do over.

If not drill it out and use an ez-extractor bit to get the screw out.

I have both these and they come in handy!

http://www.toolnut.com/snappy-43300-plug-cutter-set.html?utm_source=google_shopping&gclid=Cj0KEQiA9P7FBRCtoO33_LGUtPQBEiQAU_tBgANL77oHvX_jcolyJQQWBo8DSxwvFSmRyCFItb-CvQUaAuAO8P8HAQ

https://www.amazon.com/Extractor-Aisxle-Stripped-Hardness-62-63hrc/dp/B01CA1PSCQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489005889&sr=8-1&keywords=ez+out+screw+extractor

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#12 posted 03-08-2017 09:56 PM

Sacrifice a Kreg bit. Grind the pilot tip off and position the guide block over the plug and clamp it down. Drill slowly until you get to the screw.

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#13 posted 03-08-2017 10:11 PM



I just take an ordinary screw and drive it into the center of the plug, when the screw bottoms out, the plug will pop out.

- bondogaposis

Ditto

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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