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Cell phone repair trouble

I'm trying to fix my phone. How do I deal with a very tiny, hard to get at screw with a stripped head? [more inside]
posted by delezzo on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Are all Ikea cam screws and locks plastic now?

I just received some replacement cam screws and locks from Ikea and the locks are plastic! Are all Ikea cam locks plastic now? Alternatively, do Billy bookcases come with plastic locks now? I bought mine years ago and they were metal. Picture of what a cam screw and lock look like in case they go by some other name I don't know
posted by racecar on Jun 28, 2012 - 21 answers

DJ Screw - where to begin?

Recent convert to DJ Screw's mind-boggling 3 'n the Mornin', Pt. 1. Pulled down the lion's share of his catalog but I'm stumped as where to go from here. Any Screw fans have a road map handy for navigating his enormous discography?
posted by porn in the woods on Nov 6, 2011 - 2 answers

What kind of knob will thread on to this lamp control?

What kind of knob will thread on to this lamp control? [more inside]
posted by thebigdeadwaltz on Nov 2, 2011 - 1 answer

I want a portable, non-folding, legs-that-screw-in, table

I want a portable, legs-that-screw-in wood table. Does anybody know what kind of hardware I need to make this happen or of a table for sale that has legs made to screw on and off frequently OR a folding leg table of wood that is truly a cut above a regular card table? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Apr 20, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I unscrew a screw that turns freely?

What do you do with a screw that turns freely and won't unscrew? I'm trying to replace the brake light bulb on my Audi A4, but the screw that holds the brake light assembly in place turns and turns without unscrewing. I assume that the corresponding nut is loose, or that whatever it seats into is broken, but I'm stumped.
posted by bonecrusher on Apr 5, 2011 - 13 answers

bob vila and the like, please advise!

A screw that holds the wood facing facing of my silverware drawer onto the glides broke in the wood. After a long protracted battle, it ended up having to be "chiseled" out, making a big mess, and making a big crater in the facing. Good news, it is on the inside so it isn't an eyesore. Bad news, I have no idea how to fix it. I need to be able to put a screw back in - in that same spot. The crater/hole is about 1/4" deep and about 1" in diameter, and basically is as deep as the screw was drilled. I can't afford to go much deeper to grab into new wood bc it will drill into the front exposed part of the facing. My question is - can I use wood putty to fill the crater? Will that hold a screw strongly? Everything I've looked into about wood filler doesn't really address holding a screw that is used often so I'm not sure. Most talk about using a toothpick or matchstick but that won't work here because the crater is shallow and wide, and there is no hole anymore, just the crater. Handymen and women, please advise! thanks in advance!
posted by dublin on Apr 1, 2011 - 25 answers

What sort of part is this?

What is this metal thingy from my computer case? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by BlackBox on Dec 25, 2010 - 17 answers

CPA didn't do my taxes. What now?

My CPA didn't do my taxes. What's the best way to proceed? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jun 8, 2010 - 10 answers

A challenge for engineers?

Can anyone identify this screw/bolt head and tell me what type of tool I need to remove it? The screw head has 5 radiating flanges/splines, with a raised central hub. It does not appear to be a (security) Torx head. Photos: bolt closup and bolt in situ. The bolt/screw in question is located in a Braun coffee grinder (model KMM30, 3045). The grinder was made in Mexico and sold in the USA.
posted by Susurration on May 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Should I have the rod and screws removed from my broken ankle now that it's healed, or leave them in for life?

On 11/15/09 I slipped on ice, fractured my fibula and dislocated my tibia at the ankle joint. I had ORIF surgery that night and a rod and five screws were placed. Since then the fracture has healed and I am having a hard time deciding whether my hardware should stay. [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on Jan 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Adjustable screw mount whatchamacallit.

I need some help identifying a fastener. [more inside]
posted by sanka on Sep 3, 2009 - 9 answers

is my thing big enough (for general screwing)

will a M6 cap screw allow me to use a higher torque spec than and M5 cap screw [more inside]
posted by edtut on May 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Singin' the impact driver blues

My recently purchased impact driver strips the heads of screws. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Jun 18, 2008 - 19 answers

MacBook hex screws

What's the proper hex screwdriver to use to remove the four hex screws on the metal sleeve in a (black) MacBook hard drive? 5/64" seems the closest, but it's been a real struggle. 1.5mm is too small and 2mm seems too large.
posted by Lucy2Times on Jan 15, 2008 - 6 answers

How do you get flat tires from nails?

How do nails/screws get stuck in tires? [more inside]
posted by atlman on Oct 11, 2007 - 14 answers

Please help me save some $.

How do I go about drilling holes (for hanging things) in my flat without ruining my walls? [more inside]
posted by aherdofturtles on Aug 16, 2007 - 14 answers

How to fix a burred laptop screw

I am trying to replace a laptop keyboard but the final screw has burred and neither the regular or precision screwdriver works. If someone suggests that I go to repairman and 50 bucks to fix this, I am likely to do serious damage to this laptop (namely by throwing it against a wall). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Jun 15, 2007 - 11 answers

CarpentryFilter: What solutions, traditional or otherwise, might I employ to fix the problem of exposed points of wood screws?

CarpentryFilter: What solutions, traditional or otherwise, might I use to fix a problem exposed points of wood screws? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on May 29, 2007 - 13 answers

Sony screwed me again!

Help me ScrewFilter! I have an old Sony Clie I want to open to replace the battery but Sony used evil, tiny 5 pronged tamper resistant screws. [more inside]
posted by chairface on Jan 18, 2007 - 12 answers

Upholstery "screws"?

Where can I find screws to temporarily attach fabric to upholstery? (Description inside) [more inside]
posted by Joleta on May 24, 2006 - 7 answers

I can't unscrew stuck screws from inside the ram compartment of my powerbook

I can't unscrew stuck screws from inside the ram compartment of my powerbook... very tight space and very delicate. What can I do? I have a suspicion that an ant or two has crawled in my titanium powerbook G4 (let's not talk about the ants!) and I wanted to open it up by taking up the keyboard/track pad assembly so I can inspect it, armed with a nice spray can of air. [more inside]
posted by semidivine on Mar 25, 2006 - 10 answers

What does 4-40 mean when I'm looking to buy some machine screws?

What does 4-40 mean when I'm looking to buy some machine screws? How big is that in real units?
posted by anonymoose on Feb 2, 2006 - 13 answers

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