Is there a way to remove broken screws without the use of a screw extractor?

It can be maddening trying to remove broken screws, especially if you don't have a screw extractor. Use a reverse threaded, hardened screw for this purpose. Purchase one about half the diameter of the broken off screw. Drill a hole the size of the reverse threaded screw about halfway into the broken screw using an electric drill and drill bit. Drill as close to the center of the screw as possible. Screw the reverse threaded screw into the broken screw, and then simply lift it out.