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Laptop Screw Stripped

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Last response: in Systems
July 30, 2008 3:28:12 AM

I have a Lenovo X61T tablet. In one of my PCIe slots the screw is stripped so I can't get out my wireless card.

How can I get a tiny stripped screw out? I'm Disparate!


JOe K.

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 30, 2008 3:34:01 AM

Dremel to the rescue. Cut a slot on the screw, then use a flat head screwdriver to open it. (just watch you don't cut too deep into the casing)
July 30, 2008 3:45:27 AM

Don't tell me, you use the wrong size Phillips head screwdriver and stripped it. Will they never learn.

I have no idea what the clearances are or if the screw is flush, but you may be able to grab it on the edges with a pair of needle nose pliers.

The Dremel with a cutoff wheel will work, as IH8U said, if you have the clearance.
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July 30, 2008 3:52:24 AM

no clearance. I had the right sized screw driver. It was tight, I just got over zealous :( 
a b B Homebuilt system
July 30, 2008 3:54:53 AM

You also could try a needle-nosed pair of vicegrips. (look at a hardware store)(by that I mean an auto parts store)
a b B Homebuilt system
July 30, 2008 3:56:46 AM

Or if you have a spare screw, try a reverse drill bit (some call it a left hand bit). However this WILL destror the screw. (may be purchased at above mentioned auto parts store, if not try ACE hardware ect...)
a b B Homebuilt system
July 30, 2008 3:57:49 AM

Srry "Destroy", not destror
July 30, 2008 4:49:11 AM

Why didn't you just edit the post and correct the spelling, I do all the time.

I was going to suggest something like the GRABIT Damaged Screw Remover, but I'm afraid the screw will be too small. If the Grabit is too big, then you could search for a smaller version.
July 30, 2008 6:53:29 PM

You could try cutting the end off a cheap screwdriver with a shaft of the appropriate size and using some 4 minute epoxy to glue it to the screw. You need a new screw anyway. Be careful you don't get the epoxy everywhere.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 30, 2008 7:08:55 PM

"Stripped" could mean the screw's threads (and / or its hole's threads) are stripped so that turning the screw does not make it come out; or, it could mean that you are unable to turn the screw because the slot on top is rounded out. I suspect yours is the latter case, and the posts indicate you had a Phillips slot (looks like "+"). The Dremel could be used to cut a single straight slot in the screw top. You might also be able to do this with a small hacksaw (or even a hand-held hacksaw blade). But in both cases you will create metal chips that fly around, so you MUST clean those all out. Then a screwdriver may get it. Or, as others have said, pliers or small vise-grips may be able to grab the head edges without cutting a new slot (that avoids spreading metal chips).

If it's a stripped thread situation, though, a different approach may help. Provided the screw can be turned, you try to work a very thin knife blade under the egde of the screw gently, THEN turn the screw slowly back. As you turn, twist the blade under the head to pry it it gently up, so that it sort of follows the ruined thread anyway and the screw actually turns out. That will get it out, then you have to figure how to replace it.
August 3, 2013 5:47:28 PM

Thankss, I stuck a steak knife under the compartment door and the srewed out srew.