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Drilling isn’t for the feint of heart - be careful you don’t damage the PCB. However, it can be done if you take precautions. Cover the PCB with [product|IF145-113-2|kapton tape] so you can shake the shards off and blow on the board for good measure as well.
 
What you need to do is drill the screw out until it looks like the top is compromised - do 2-3 20-30 second runs (5-10 for mobile devices) to ensure it is truly broken off before going to the big bit, because you need this to break off cleanly to avoid damaging the PCB. Once the head is compromised, take the bit one size up and drill it until the head breaks off. Once you see it snap, stop or you WILL do damage to the PCB. '''''If you use a modern 20V Lithium drill, cut the times in half - I still use a NiCd drill.'''''
What you need to do is drill the screw out until it looks like the top is compromised - do 2-3 20-30 second runs (5-10 for mobile devices) to ensure it is truly broken off before going to the big bit, because you need this to break off cleanly to avoid damaging the PCB. Once the head is compromised, take the bit one size up and drill it until the head breaks off. Once you see it snap, stop or you WILL do damage to the PCB. '''''If you use a modern 20V Lithium drill, cut the times in half - I still use a NiCd drill.'''''
 
That’s'''''NOTE: If you use a modern 20V Lithium drill, cut the listed times in half - I still use a NiCd drill. The 20V Lithium drills are more torquey then old ones like mine, including 18V Lithium.'''''

That’s
all there is to it. You will never be able to get a screw in again (most likely), but you can remove the board. Only do this if it's not critical.
That’s'''''NOTE: If you use a modern 20V Lithium drill, cut the listed times in half - I still use a NiCd drill. The 20V Lithium drills are more torquey then old ones like mine, including 18V Lithium.'''''

That’s
all there is to it. You will never be able to get a screw in again (most likely), but you can remove the board. Only do this if it's not critical.

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Edit by: Nick ,

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Drilling isn’t for the feint of heart - be careful you don’t damage the PCB. However, it can be done if you take precautions. Cover the PCB with [https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Polyimide-Tape/IF145-113?o=2|kaptonproduct|IF145-113-2|kapton tape] so you can shake the shards off and blow on the board for good measure as well.
Drilling isn’t for the feint of heart - be careful you don’t damage the PCB. However, it can be done if you take precautions. Cover the PCB with [https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Polyimide-Tape/IF145-113?o=2|kaptonproduct|IF145-113-2|kapton tape] so you can shake the shards off and blow on the board for good measure as well.
 
What you need to do is drill the screw out until it looks like the top is compromised - do 2-3 20-30 second runs (5-10 for mobile devices) to ensure it is truly broken off before going to the big bit, because you need this to break off cleanly to avoid damaging the PCB. Once the head is compromised, take the bit one size up and drill it until the head breaks off. Once you see it snap, stop or you WILL do damage to the PCB. '''''If you use a modern 20V Lithium drill, cut the times in half - I still use a NiCd drill.'''''
What you need to do is drill the screw out until it looks like the top is compromised - do 2-3 20-30 second runs (5-10 for mobile devices) to ensure it is truly broken off before going to the big bit, because you need this to break off cleanly to avoid damaging the PCB. Once the head is compromised, take the bit one size up and drill it until the head breaks off. Once you see it snap, stop or you WILL do damage to the PCB. '''''If you use a modern 20V Lithium drill, cut the times in half - I still use a NiCd drill.'''''
 
That’s all there is to it. You will never be able to get a screw in again (most likely), but you can remove the board.

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Edit by: Nick ,

Text:

Drilling isn’t for the feint of heart - be careful you don’t damage the PCB. However, it can be done if you take precautions. Cover the PCB with [https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Polyimide-Tape/IF145-113?o=2|kapton tape] so you can shake the shards off and blow on the board for good measure as well.
Drilling isn’t for the feint of heart - be careful you don’t damage the PCB. However, it can be done if you take precautions. Cover the PCB with [https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Polyimide-Tape/IF145-113?o=2|kapton tape] so you can shake the shards off and blow on the board for good measure as well.
 
What you need to do is drill the screw out until it looks like the top is compromised - do 2-3 20-30 second runs (5-10 for mobile devices) to ensure it is truly broken off before going to the big bit, because you need this to break off cleanly to avoid damaging the PCB. Once the head is compromised, take the bit one size up and drill it until the head breaks off. Once you see it snap, stop or you WILL do damage to the PCB.
 
That’s all there is to it. You will never be able to get a screw in again (most likely), but you can remove the board.

Status:

open

Edit by: Nick ,

Text:

Drilling isn’t for the feint of heart - be careful you don’t damage the PCB. However, it can be done if you take precautions.
 
What you need to do is drill the screw out until it looks like the top is compromised - do 2-3 20-30 second runs (5-10 for mobile devices) to ensure it is truly broken off before going to the big bit, because you need this to break off cleanly to avoid damaging the PCB. Once the head is compromised, take the bit one size up and drill it until the head breaks off. Once you see it snap, stop or you WILL do damage to the PCB.
What you need to do is drill the screw out until it looks like the top is compromised - do 2-3 20-30 second runs (5-10 for mobile devices) to ensure it is truly broken off before going to the big bit, because you need this to break off cleanly to avoid damaging the PCB. Once the head is compromised, take the bit one size up and drill it until the head breaks off. Once you see it snap, stop or you WILL do damage to the PCB.
 
That’s all there is to it. You will never be able to get a screw in again (most likely), but you can remove the board.

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Original post by: Nick ,

Text:

Drilling isn’t for the feint of heart - be careful you don’t damage the PCB. However, it can be done if you take precautions.

What you need to do is drill the screw out until it looks like the top is compromised - do 2-3 20-30 second runs to ensure it is truly broken off before going to the big bit, because you need this to break off cleanly to avoid damaging the PCB. Once the head is compromised, take the bit one size up and drill it until the head breaks off. Once you see it snap, stop or you WILL do damage to the PCB.

That’s all there is to it. You will never be able to get a screw in again (most likely), but you can remove the board.

Status:

open