Step 1: Clear a Slot

illustrated diagram for removing a painted-over hinge
Illustration Harry Bate
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To clear a slot, set a sharp scratch awl at an angle in the center of the slot and tap it lightly, first one way, then the other. Do the same for the other screwheads.
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    Tools List

    • respirator
      Face mask with respirator
    • Scratch Awl
      Scratch awl
    • utility knife with hook blade
      Utility knife
    • HEPA vacuum for hazardous waste
      Vacuum with HEPA filter
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • wooden mallet
      Wood mallet

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