I am trying to remove the rusty, 50 years old screws that are holding my metal roof on.. They are not moving. Is there a tool to help remove these or do I have to drill them all out? These are on the front side of my 1964 Astroflyte.
Update... Tried drilling, not going to work. Any one have another suggestion. I might try cutting them off but them would have to deal with 30 headless screws to get out...
Last Edit: May 29, 2013 10:22:58 GMT -5 by cuffs216
If these are philips head screws then take a matching screw driver, one that is the right size for your screws which should be #2... Set it in the head and give it a few good taps with a hammer. Now grab the screw driver with both hands and push in and see if it budges. If it does you are in there. If not then take a straight slot screw driver and give the head a few taps all the way around with that. Now try with both hands and a lot of pressure again. If it budges good. If not there is one more thing to do. Use a pair of plumbers pliers which have sort of a rounded nose grip on the front that you can squeez down on the round heads and get them to turn. I have never had to drill out a screw on a single trailer and I've had some tough ones.
There are videos on my website showing me using these methods. Hope that helps.
Last Edit: May 29, 2013 21:21:21 GMT -5 by mobiltec
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can,
The courage to strip the parts from the trailers I can't,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
I use a Dremel rotary tool to make a slot in stubborn screw heads, then a regular screwdriver to remove. The EZ lock thin cutting wheels work best. For some reason, they have a little more "give" than regular cutting wheels.