Remove stripped screw

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  1. Temp1234453

    Temp1234453 Notebook Consultant

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    One of my CPU screws (2x5 mm) is stripped. I tried using a flat screwdriver,and hot glue, with no luck.
    The screw is really tight,which other options do I have with such tiny screw?
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    I use rotary tool to make a notch for flathead and unscrew it. Depending on screw's location, it might be a viable solution.
     
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    TheReciever D! For Dragon!

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    For my laptop I had to remove a stripped screw as well.

    I used a dremel with a cutting disc to improvise a flat head. If you use that method be sure to surround the area in something like painters tape as you dont want the shards of metal in your laptop, could be bad news later on
     
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    bennyg Notebook Deity

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    Try a flat rubber band between screw and screwdriver
     
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    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    Temp1234453 Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks for the replies. I wanted to try the rubber band one, thought I dont have any at hand and Im not sure if it will work seeing how tight the screw is. But worth a try if I get one. As for the dremel, I have one ,but the disc is pretty big and not much zone to work with, but what keeps me out for trying is the metallic dust , this is the screw:
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    So it would be hard to cover the place.

    I like the Alden tool, but they ship it from the USA and the shipping is more pricey than the item. Would this one be small enough?

    https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...108.1000016.1.46584918OHvatf&isOrigTitle=true

    Can be used manually instead of with a driller?
     
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    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    Nice find. And yes, but you need a good holder in order to get a firm grip. There are some hand-held micro drill holders, but avoid these like the plague; any force and the drill bit comes loose. A simple screwdriver handle would fare much better.
     
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    Temp1234453 Notebook Consultant

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    Ok I will order it. I have to use both sides right? Do I have to use it clock-wise or counter clock wise?
     
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    t456 1977-09-05, 12:56:00 UTC Moderator

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    No, only the simple, non-spiral end should suffice for tiny screws. This is just a reversed drill and usually has enough grip on the screw to pull it out, the spiral end only being necessary for larger screws that are too tightly secured. Use the bit counter-clockwise and with plenty of force; it'll dig a hole for itself and turn out the screw at the same time.

    It is a bit cheap, so its steel quality might be a bit ... soft. Could spray some WD40 around the edge of the screw to make things easier.

    Good luck and let us know how it turns out :vbsmile: !
     
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    Temp1234453 Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks,ill let you know how it goes once it arrives. The screw itself, it also of cheap quality, since the were new ones I ordered to change the original ones, which some were a bit stripped too, I guess thats why this one stripped so easily.
    WD40 isnt conductive,is it?
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    FWIW I had to deal with a stripped screw on a laptop heatsink too, however in my case covering all surroundings with bubble wrap and taping the edges to avoid any metal dust getting on the mobo was much easier due to simpler heatsink design, allowing me to make a notch with Dremel-like rotary tool pretty easily.

    Good luck, @Temp1234453 , and let us know it goes!
     
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