Fastener removal

Ever want to remove a nut or bolt that is rounded off?  Remove a slot screw that has a badly worn slot?  Or, remove a Phillips head screw that is rounded out?

This is how it is done and it probably works 90% of the time or more.  All of my mechanics had a container of valve grinding compound among their tools.  It used to come in a metal two-sided tin.  I recently bought this one and it came in a plastic two-sided container.  One side has the coarse grind and the other fine grinding compound.  The stuff is cheap from your local automotive parts place, or Amazon Prime.

I put my watch into the photo to show a perspective.

A magnetic door catch fell apart and to fix it, I needed to remove two Philips head screws.  They were old and had been abused, so I dipped just the tip of my screwdriver into the fine side and that worked perfectly to remove the screws.

If you are busting a hex head bolt or nut loose, be sure to use a 6 point socket, never a 12 point.  This tip added by Mike Cecchini.

I hope that you will find this to be useful.