Keep Track Of Tiny Screws With A Piece Of Paper Or Cardboard

When you take something apart, such as a laptop, to fix it, you're often left with screws of various sizes that like to roll away. Here's a cheap way to manage them: push the screws into a drawing of your object.

Tecchnibble forum member Aaron demonstrates this smart idea: Draw a rough outline of the laptop, including its battery cover and other basic features, then punch holes with an awl or something similar where the screws are. Punch the screws into the holes and you now not only keep the screws from mysteriously disappearing, you have a map showing you where everything goes when you have to reassemble the whole thing.

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    This is actually a good idea, quite unusual for LH on the weekend!

    What a great and simple idea.
    I always take out the screws and lay them next to the hole and then photograph the whole area, so when I reassemble I know where everything goes.
    But from now on I think I will be using this method.

    Right about now, I'm feeling pretty stupid, because typically I'll draw the item and then draw the locations of screws on it. The issue is that not all screws are the same, so often the right ones wouldn't go back in the right places. This solves that. Good thinking!

    I have been doing this for ages. If you are clever you will also get little squares of double sided tape and place them when you put the screws so they don't move!

    Great idea. When I swapped out the HD in my Macbook, I had a magnetic tray to put the tiny screws in (also useful), but this is a more practical solution for bigger screws.

    In our workspace, we have a large colour photocopier behind us, one of the only things we use it for is to photocopy the equipment before you remove the screws - similar idea to drawing, and make more copies as you remove more parts. I'm terrible at drawing and this is very accurate.

    Also if you place the picture on a pinup board (and use the first screw to hold it) it will screw into the pinup board, if you use a laptop magnet on the shaft of your screw driver you can 'unscrew' them out of the pinup board/picture and they are already on your screwdriver!

    Best of luck fixing your broken whatever!

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