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    How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    My pool light is burned out--at least I think it is. It worked fine for about a year, then stopped. I also want to check behind it for black algae.

    The problem is that the Phillips head screw is stripped. I really don't want to drain my pool 2.5 feet or so to drill it out. Any ideas?

    My spa light (which works) was clean when I removed it a few weeks ago and it gets less circulation than my pool light so I'm thinking it should be fairly clean behind the light. But I'd like to change the bulb.
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    Re: How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    When you say stripped, do you mean the threads are stripped or the Phillips drive is stripped?
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    Re: How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    Someone once used a cheap air tool under the water to either drill it out or cut a slot to use a standard screwdriver.
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    Re: How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    The screw itself is stripped. Several good Phillips head screwdrivers all failed to get it out. I may try cutting a slot for a standard screwdriver head. Thanks.
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    Re: How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    Whatever you end up doing, please keep us posted. Others will surely find this thread in the future.
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    Re: How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    I'm going to guess you mean the Phillips drive is stripped.

    A favorite way I have of removing screws with stripped drives heads is as follows:

    1. Select or purchase a screwdriver that is the very BEST fit for what remains of the screw head. If you use a driver that is too small or too big, you won't succeed.

    2. Go to an auto supply and purchase a small tube of valve grinding compound. It's a mixture of silicone carbide particles in oil or water. If you have a choice the oil based stuff would be better.

    3. Drop a dollop of that compound onto the screwdriver tip. The sharp silicon carbide particles will increase the grip of the screwdriver tip to what remains of the head of the screw.

    4. Press the screwdriver as hard as you can, with all the force you can muster, into the screw head and WHILE pressing, try to turn the screw a little bit. Make sure your going in the correct direction (counter-clockwise when viewed from the head of the screw). Relax and repeat it again, just turning a little bit at a time. If everything goes right, the screw will break free. Take it out and throw it away.

    I realize this is going to be very difficult hanging over the edge of the pool, but if it saves draining and drilling, it'll be worth it.

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    Re: How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    How do you cut a slot under water?

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    Re: How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    If you have an air compressor a die grinder should work. Try to find one with a bottom exhaust (by the air coupling), otherwise seeing what you are doing will be very difficult.
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    Re: How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    You might be able to JB-Weld a screwdriver onto the screw. Put a dab of JB Weld on the tip of the screwdriver and hold it in place for a few minutes. Let it dry and crank away.

    JB Weld is a compound that hardens like a regular weld so it might be strong enough to hold the screw driver on the screw.

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    Otherwise, I like the idea of cutting a slot to use a flat-head. Done that many times. Just not sure how that is done underwater. Perhaps the air tool idea?
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    Re: How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    Doesn't Sears sell a special screw driver with a head specifically designed to remove stripped screw heads? Has carbide sharp edges to cut into any remaining screw heads.
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    Re: How to Remove Pool Light-Screw Stripped

    If the threads are stripped, you should be able to get a very small "pry bar" behind the bezel ring and apply outward pressure on the bezel so the it "pushes" the screw out when you turn it.
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