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Tips for removing the 10 2.5mm screws for LCD housing

Does anyone have any good tips for removing these screws. I'm using a #00 phillips, but I'm starting to strip the screws. Thanks.

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i normally use a slightly larger flat blade screwdriver to get problematic - totally round - screws out.

first of all, if the screws are that "crappy" - you wouldn't need a dremel - simlpy use a fitting/slightly larger screwdriver and screw them slowly out.

a dremel is the last resort to drill them out

²nick

ever used a dremel the way you mentioned it?

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Based on the parts list uploaded to the following forum:

http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-g...

The screws aren't actually 2.5mm and are instead:

SCREW,BLACK, THREAD FORMING, M1.6 X 0.4, 2.2L

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These Motorola says to use a #00 phillips but IMO a #000 fits a little deeper into it. I make sure to a)press down hard b) make sure I'm pressing down at exactly a right angle. It's a tough job. Motorola DROID repair

Wait I just saw Doug's first post..they are "thread forming?" That sounds suspiciously like "self-tapping" which would make sense as far as how tight they are in there. Whenever I take them out there is bare metal on the threads, even though the screws themselves are black.

Steady, hard pressure downward with a #000 bit using T-handle thing I created myself is the key, since I started using this self-made tool I haven't been unable to remove these screws and re-use them.

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I found M1.6 screws on ebay from a R/C hobby store. Pretty sure they're (standard).35 pitch rather than the .4 listed in the Motorola parts list, and they seem to fit just fine.

Drilling these out is really not as simple as it sounds; you'd get the assembly apart, yes, but then you'd have to use a tap or something to get the remaining screw out of the thread on the faceplate side... The superglue trick takes a long time, but it's much faster in the long run!

If you're stripping out a tiny Phillips head, stop what you're doing and try something else. A different screwdriver, superglue, heat the screw with a soldering iron... just don't strip it.

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Dab a very small amount of superglue on the screw head, then rest the screwdriver on top of the screw -- try to prop it in the corner of a shelf, for example. Let time and gravity do it course (about 4 hours or overnight for the glue to really solidify) and then slowly and firmly try to unscrew the screw.

This procedure has worked four out of six times for me.

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I've got the same problem, except I'm to the point where I need to drill them out :-P.

If anyone knows where replacement screws for this can be bought, or the precise size/measurement I'd greatly appreciate it.

Those screws are so freaking tiny they're kind of hard to measure to see what I need to order.

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I just had someone that was able to remove the 4 screws that were stipped. He did it by tapping the screwdriver into the head of the screw and then pressing down hard and very slowly turn. He said they probably use locktight or glue to set the screw. All the screws have now been successfully removed. NOW I need new screws, where can I buy them?

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I used to have problems with the screws. I found the PH0 screwdriver works wonders, while the PH00 tends to strip the screws. The repairsuniverse videos suggested the PH0 and its worked well for me.

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Those *@&! screws were nearly impossible to remove. I was finally able to get them out by (1) placing the device screen-down on a hard work surface, (2) fitting a metal phillips head screwdriver of the correct, tiny size into a screw, and (3) hitting the end of the screw driver soundly 3 times with a pair of pliers. Then (4) I held the screw driver firmly in the screw with signifigant downward force and turned the device clockwise while not allowing the screwdriver itself to turn. Before I discovered that procedure I trashed two screwdrivers and messed up the screw heads pretty badly. Nevertheless it worked. I have not yet tried to put them back in.

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