Any one know how to open this screw?

Tried pliers but no avail and standard box of security screwdrivers couldnt open it. enter image description here

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Those are external line head screws, and are used as anti-tamper screws in some Japanese electronics. You can probably find a driver for them from a game console hack supplier (they're used on Gamecube, Wii, and some other game consoles). The driver looks like this (sorry for the horrible pic):

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They also come in 5 and 7 point varieties (hard to tell how many points from the picture you posted). I've also seen them called torx inverted.

If you don't want to get a specific driver for them, you can probably get them out by clamping on the head really hard with a pair of vise-grips or use a screw extractor. You might be able to find a socket that will mesh with them well enough, but that's a long shot.

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    Looks like possibly a watch crab or adjustable spanner (where spanner means specifically "two-pin style") wrench might be made to work. There's also always the option of welding a nut to them ;-)
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 2:54

If it's a screw, a couple of ideas:

  1. You can use a dremel to cut a slot in the screw head and then use a normal screwdriver on it.
  2. Get an old toothbrush. Head up the handle with a lighter or a heat gun. When it gets hot, press it over the screw head. Hold it until it cools. That gives you a custom screwdriver. Press hard when you use it.

It looks like a rivet, in that case you will have to cut it off or try to pry the head off.

It also looks like it has 6 tabs, you might be able to get a 6-sided socket on it and break the head.


You can use a pipe wrench for this. If you use it "downwards" the wrench tightens itself on the screw. It is a little tricky because you have to make sure the wrench stays on the screw of course.

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