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Painted Screw Heads

Q: Do you know of an easy way to remove screws—especially small ones—whose heads are covered with many layers of paint?

—Kathy, New Brunswick, Canada

A: Getting at screw heads covered by many layers of paint is always a pain in the neck. With a small screwdriver or narrow putty knife, scrape enough of the paint from the hinge to reveal the slots in the screw heads. Then rake the built-up paint from the slot enough to let you get a firm purchase with your screwdriver.

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