I’ve got a threaded insert that’s spinning in the wood, can’t get the screw out. I think the insert might not be threaded on the outside, because it doesn’t back out when it spins. I didn’t install it, so I don’t know exactly what’s going on.
The insert is all the way through the deck, so I have access to the other side.
On the top side, the insert is below the surface and the screw sticks out past the insert, so I can’t do any tricks with a screw on the top side.
Things I’ve tried:
- press on the screw from the other side while turning screw
- hammering in a screw between the insert and the wood, hopefully wedging it. Maybe I can retry with a nail instead
I’ve considered super glue hopefully wicking between the wood and insert. If it works it’ll make the threaded insert repair more difficult.
Also considering attempting to epoxy something to the insert, but there’s not much meat exposed, and I’ll probably end up epoxying the screw to the insert.
Next idea is to use dremel to notch the insert and use the nail idea.
Any wise old-timers have a good trick? @Eboosted you mentioned similar problems in the “drawer” thread?