Picture of Perfect Screw Alignment for Screw Mounted Equipment
Have you ever tried to mount a router, hub, power strip, or other piece of equipment to the wall or other surface, and found it difficult to align the screws so they fit into the equipment?

It seems like no matter how carefully you measure, the screws are always out of alignment, and the piece of equipment won't fit onto the screws.

Here's a really stupidly-simple technique I use all the time, and we use at TechShop locations to mount all sorts of equipment.

This is one of those tricks that you should really memorize and make as part of your lifelong mental toolkit.

Step 1: What You'll Need

Picture of What You'll Need
In order to use this technique, you only need a few simple things:

  o  Tape (I prefer to use blue painter's tape because it doesn't stick too tenaciously to the surfaces)
  o  Pencil or pen
  o  Piece of equipment to be mounted
  o  Screws (must me the right size to fit in the slots on the equipment)
  o  Screwdriver to fit the mounting screws
  o  2 minutes of time
VinnyL111 days ago

Nice Write Up! I can't believe I have never thought of using painters tape before. I like to get an outline of the indentation by lightly etching over the area with the side the pencil. Certain equipment's mount holes are really finicky and end up a total pita when a firm mount is needed. Not having the proper screw head can also majorly piss on your day; especially when they're in cheap composite board furniture.

Donmarks1 year ago

I've a new office desk coming in. I will use this to put router, USB hubs and other things on a side board. Many thanks.

antioch2 years ago
Good job making me feel stupid for not thinking of this myself...
hehehe me too!
me three!
acuchetto2 years ago
bigdaddy7022 years ago
Very good idea...Will use this a million times I'm sure...
LoopyMind2 years ago
This is one of those ideas that make you go "Why the hell didn't I think of this myself" ... lol... seriously, I can't be the only one... right? :D
kariswg12 years ago
you could always "pencil rub" a piece of paper over the back to get the location of the holes too!
wire-nut2 years ago
I've photocopy the back-side allway work for me. But tape is fast, and cheap.
Nice work. I've used a piece of paper like that for years, but sometimes it slipped. The tape is a MUCH better idea. Thanks!
tutdude982 years ago
good idea i was thinking about putting my router to wall and now i have perfect way to put it
jarikcbol2 years ago
Derp. Now why didn't I think of that!?!?! You sir, are smarter than a hat full of periwinkles.
mostafakuba2 years ago
that's a very good idea i used to paint the edges of the holes and stamp them on the wall but this is much better thanks !!
Housedog2 years ago
This is another one of those things that is so simple and obvious, that you don't know why you never thought of it! It's a perfect solution.
richms2 years ago
I have tried this in the past, but found that the masking tape I used had some stretch to it to allow it to go around corners. This lead to errors.
morfmir2 years ago
This is very good, so simple yet it gets the job don't.
jeff-o2 years ago
Great idea, thanks!
profpat2 years ago
well done!
Lzingano2 years ago
Wow, how come I did not think about this yet? Really clever =)
This reminds me of a "Life Hack" post I've seen in the past: http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/tips/archive/2010/01/14/photocopy-template.aspx
rimar20002 years ago
Wow, you are fully right. Thanks for sharing this simple (so simple!) method.
oldmicah2 years ago
Ha! That is awesome! One of those things that seems obvious on reflection: wish I had thought about. :)
srohwer2 years ago
Brilliant in it's simplicity and usefulness!