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Screws in lower case with wrong thread locker Loctite

I had a few loose screws at the bottom of my Macbook Pro. My dad decided loctite thread locker is what I needed. Well, we bought the red version. I just found out that none of the screws will move and everywhere I try research it says that a heat of 550 degrees F would be needed. Basically the screws are superglued down. I tried some nail polish remover on q-tips but it didn't reach into the screws as I can see.

Is there any way to safely remove the screws so I may have access again to my hard drive, etc? Would there be any additional parts to keep in mind to replace if I trash the screws and lower case?

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Maybe your dad isn't the one to get good computer repair advise from.

Loctite Threadlocker Red 271 is designed for the permanent locking and sealing of threaded fasteners. The product cures when confined in the absence of air between close fitting metal surfaces. It protects threads from rust and corrosion and prevents loosening from shock and vibration.

Time for a drill, you've been permanently screwed.

This is what you needed:

The Loctite 0.2 fl. oz. Blue 242 Thread Locker is designed to lock and seal threaded fasteners to prevent loosening from vibration. It prevents leaks and the rusting of threads. It eliminates the need to stock expensive lock nuts and lock washers.

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Yeah looking more into the problem I realized it was the wrong loctite too late. And to be honest it doesn’t help that loctite packaging is red background on the product itself so I didn’t know there was a difference at all. Like photos of the blue version is also red background and only some blue to tell if it is the right one.


A drill press might be the way to go on this one. It's going to be tough.


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