I have a stripped screw in my door handle. I tried drilling it to hopefully get a better grip but ended up messing it up further. I believe that i have drilled deep enough to the point where the shank is exposed. enter image description here

Are there any other ways to remove the screw? Thank you

  • Given that we can still see parts of the Phillips screwdriver slot, you are not to the shank yet.
    – Ecnerwal
    May 10, 2019 at 11:18
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    – dandavis
    May 10, 2019 at 17:44

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That does not look like you have got down to the shank yet.

Gently keep drilling and the head should come off.

Then if you remove the trim and other parts you should be able to get pliers or grips onto the bit left sticking out and remove it.

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    Go find a left-hand drill bit and use a reversing drill to drill with it, and you might just get lucky while drilling and have it unscrew.
    – Ecnerwal
    May 10, 2019 at 11:16

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