anyone else scratch the bottom when removing screws?

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  1. laptopkid

    laptopkid Notebook Consultant

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    This post made me laugh.

    Don't worry OP, I scratched mine a little bit as well.
     
  2. RogueMonk

    RogueMonk Notebook Deity

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    Nope. You caused the damage.
     
  3. Khris

    Khris Yes I am better than you!

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    You should have taken it back BEFORE opening it if you were concerned about the hinge squeaking. Now that you've opened it, and damaged the bottom, how does Apple know that you didn't cause the squeak?
     
  4. bikerc

    bikerc Notebook Geek

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    evnhvn:

    These are only some bloody scratches, man. Do not lose focus here. Does your computer do whatever it supposed to do? That's all it matters.
     
  5. Drambuie

    Drambuie Notebook Guru

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    This is where masking tape is your friend. Put a one inch square piece of tape over a screw and cut a tiny slit over the screw for screwdriver access. If you're really not precise with precision tools, you can put a second layer. I always do that when working on surfaces I don't want to mar. It doesn't take much for a slip, especially if the screw is very tight on the first removal.
     
  6. 2.0

    2.0 Former NBR Macro-Mod®

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    Excellent advice. Thanks for sharing that. :)
     
  7. electrosoft

    electrosoft Tick Tock Clarice....

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    Agreed, you learn something new everyday. Excellent advice. :)
     
  8. LedCop

    LedCop Notebook Enthusiast

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    I've fortunately not scratched a MacBook Pro that I cared about (I scratched a bit on a 3 year old MacBook Pro) while opening it up, and I've always done three things:

    1) Use a large handled screwdriver for that extra torque. I have used those small jewelers' ones and I stripped two screws while working on laptops! I vowed never to repeat that again and got a brand new set, and a very good set will make your job effortless and you'll feel the grip!

    2) When I worked on my unibody MacBook Pro, I placed a piece of paper on it with a hole poked right through the center just larger enough for the screw and screwdriver. That way, if I slipped I'll hopefully just scratch the paper. Same logic as the tape but less labor intensive (and less protective).

    3) I use E-Z Grip friction drops from EzGrip :: screw extraction, friction drops, screw removal It's meant for "worn, damaged or corroded" (or stripped) screws and bolts, but hey, I think prevention is better than cure and I use it even on my perfect screws and screwdrivers.

    I haven't slipped up yet. ;)
     
  9. ifti

    ifti Undiscovered

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    You dont need any extra items for opening your MBP.
    I have a MBP 13", which I have just opened after reading this thread. No masking tape, no extra fluids, no paper, etc.

    You need a precision screwdriver. I have a precision screwdriver set, and the smallest cross-head screwdriver fits the MBP screws perfectly.

    I did NOT have to apply much pressure at all, and the screws came away cleanly and easily. In fact, now that Ive re-inserted the screws etc, even the screws have no marks and look like that have never been removed in the first instance.

    Get yourself a precision screwdriver set (or a laptop toolkit) and you should be fine.
     
  10. ifti

    ifti Undiscovered

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    TBH this would bother me a lot! lol
    Also, them screws look like they are almost shot! Get yourself some replacement screws and a precision screwdriver set!
     
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