Whether you play darts for fun or to earn some money, broken dart stem is a common problem that you will continue to experience. when a shaft breaks leaving its other part screwed in the barrel, it makes it almost impossible to get it out, thereby making it useless. Don’t let such incidence destroy your prized barrels, all is not lost. With the right tools and techniques, you can save the barrels for later use. In this post, we are going to answer the question on how to remove a broken dart stem. There are several ways to go about it with some taking longer than others.
Method 1: Utilizing A Dart Point
This technique involves using another dart point to turn and unscrew the broken shaft. It should come out clean and easy if it turns. This method is best for the loosely fitting stem.
Method 2: Use of A Removal Tool
When a stem is stuck tightly in the barrels, you can’t turn it. This makes the first method unsuitable and forcing it could easily chip the point of the other dart. Nonetheless, there are several effective tools to use.
Purchasing a broken shaft remover (Our Pick) is a worthwhile investment to add in your dart case. It is much better than fiddling about with another dart. Moreover, it is more convenient than waiting to melt it in the steam back at home. This gadget is quite handy and gets the job done with one quick twist. With the shaft extraction tool, you can easily remove the broken shaft clean off. Furthermore, you can also utilize it to remove broken soft tips.
All you have to do is to insert the broken part into the tool. With its four sharp points, the device will bite into the damaged plastic stem. By simply applying little pressure and turning the tool, it screws the broken shaft out.
Method 3: Using A Screw Driver
So, how can you remove a broken dart stem if you don’t have the specialized tool? There are other two tools to do this. One way is making use of the screwdriver. In the first technique, you begin by heating and melting the end of the screwdriver into the plastic shaft. The heating stage should take less than a minute. Once the tool heats up enough, push it into the stem to melt it in the plastic. By now you should be able to turn it and take the stem out. easy, right?
The other method involves heating a needle with a lighter and melting it in the plastic shaft. However, turning it is much easier with the screwdriver.
Method 4: Using Vinegar
Using vinegar to remove a broken dart stem is the longest method in this list. You simply need to pour white vinegar in a sealable container, drop in the barrel and seal up. Just ensure that the vinegar is enough to cover up the barrel completely. Leave it for a couple of weeks and replace the solution if necessary. This entire process may take up to 5 or 6 weeks to dissolve the old point.
And that is how to remove a broken dart stem!