I have a pan that is rendered into useless because of the coating peeling off. So I tried to remove the plastic handle from both sides. There are 2 screws in both sides, and this last one stuck and cannot be removed. The "tooth" is also wearing off due to the number of attempts to remove it.

Is there any effective way to remove it?

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  • Common ways are penetrating oil, heat, and the last is drilling. Might just need to remove the head, instead of the screw. If the handle is going to be toss also, a hammer would probably remove it from the pan.
    – crip659
    Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 12:52
  • What is the reason for removing the handle? Are you attempting to recycle the metal, or salvage the handle for some other use, or what?
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 13:25
  • @Ecnerwal I mean to recycle the handle because local policy require to remove all the non-metal part or they won't accept the recycle item/ Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 14:34
  • I have tried @crip659's suggestion that by using penetrating oil but I didn't have so I tried WD40 instead. It didn't work then I try to heat up the pan to see if it help to loose the screw, it did't work also. Then I tried to drill but the hand drill seems cannot penetrating the screw or the progress is very slow. So I have no other way but considering using a minus screwdriver to lever it up attempting to loose it. But eventually the plastic break apart. The screw still stuck on the pan and I tried to unscrew it curiously but it didn't move either. It seems to be stuck firmly or become part Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 14:40
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    There's an old saying "there's no engineering problem that can't be solved with a big enough hammer". If you hit the handle with a big enough hammer, you may never need to remove the screw.
    – Simon B
    Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 18:46

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It may be too late if you've already started drilling, but for stubborn screws I've always found a manual impact wrench (with a screwdriver tip inserted) is the best tool. When you hit it with a hammer, it not only twists to remove the screw, but it drives the bit deeper into the screw head, minimizing stripping the screw head. Here's a picture:

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  • I haven't had a chance to try but will take it as reference if I meet the same situation in the future. Thanks for the suggestion. Commented Nov 28, 2022 at 14:10

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