Removing a stripped screw with a Dremel involves cutting a new groove into the screw head allowing you to use a flathead screwdriver or another tool to turn and remove the screw.

Here are the general steps to follow:

Materials and Tools You’ll Need:

  1. Dremel rotary tool with cutting disc attachment.
  2. PB Blaster to loosen screw a little.
  3. Flathead screwdriver or a similar tool.
  4. Pliers (optional).


  1. Safety First: Put on your safety goggles to protect your eyes from any flying debris.
  2. Choose the Right Cutting Disc: Select a cutting disc attachment for your Dremel that is appropriate for cutting through metal. This will be necessary to create a new slot for a screwdriver. Start thin and work up if needed.
  3. Prepare the Screw: If the screw is obstructed by any material, clear it away so you have easy access. Ensure the area around the screw is clean and free of any debris. Shoot some PB Blaster penetrating catalyst if possible.
  4. Cut a New Slot:
    • Hold the Dremel tool with the cutting disc at a 90-degree angle to the screw head.
    • Start cutting a new groove in the center of the stripped screw head. Apply gentle pressure and gradually cut deeper into the screw head. Be careful not to cut too deep or damage the surrounding material unless that doesn’t matter.
    • Make sure the groove is wide enough to accommodate the width of your flathead screwdriver or the tool you intend to use.
  5. Use a Screwdriver: Once you’ve created a new groove, carefully insert a flathead screwdriver into the groove. Ensure a good grip on the screwdriver, as slipping could lead to more damage.
  6. Apply Steady Pressure: With the screwdriver in place, apply downward pressure while turning counterclockwise (to loosen the screw). The pressure combined with the new slot should help the screwdriver grip the stripped screw better.
  7. Turn and Remove: Gradually turn the screwdriver counterclockwise while maintaining steady pressure. If the screw starts to turn, continue turning until it’s completely removed.
  8. Use Pliers (If Necessary): If the screw is still stuck or doesn’t turn, you might need to use pliers. Insert the pliers into the groove and grip the screw head tightly. Turn counterclockwise with the pliers while maintaining a firm grip.
  9. Dispose of the Screw: Once you’ve successfully removed the stripped screw, you can discard it. If you needed to use pliers, the screw head might be further damaged in the process.

Remember, this process requires precision and patience with your Dremel. Take your time and avoid applying excessive force, as it can lead to further damage. If you’re unsure or uncomfortable with this process, it’s a good idea to seek help from someone with experience or a professional.