Screws with Round Washers

Do the round washers need to be used when screwing a flat screen TV to the base for tabletop viewing? The washers came with the screws in the small plastic bag. Where do the washers go? Do you screw them on the end of the screws after you have attached the base? Can you just leave them on the screw as they were in the package before you attach the base?  

Topic by prinze1 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

N64 security screws

Does anybody know how to open up an n64 without buying a special screw driver? I'm going to make an instructable on how to make a cheap, good, desktop power supply out of the n64 powersupply. If you look at it's specs it's pretty good for it's size! 3.3 volts at 2.2 amps and 12 volts at .8 amps. I'm going to but a boost circuit in and get 5 volts too (didn't want to use a 7805, if you're going to be using the 12 volts you want all the amps you want, plus what project uses 2.2 amps of 3.3 volts?). Plus I'm going to make it so that you can still use it as a power supply for the n64, and it won't be ugly.

Topic by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Comments are screwed up.

Some of the comments viewed are really screwed up. Am i doing somthing wrong? I'm using firefox.

Topic by muhahaha 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

small screw dish

I just wanted to say, if you have a broken floppy drive laying around, take it apart, get the small stepper motor out, take off the LED (bicolor if you are lucky) and contact switches, and anything else useful like a IR photogate, and chokes, desolder the huge pin headers, but after that... remove the round plate that is a part of the main spindle motor, it has a ring of magnet on the inside, it is absolutely perfect for holding small screws when you are taking apart something just felt like sharing

Topic by frank26080115 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

My monitor screwed?

I've got a 19 inch flat screen crt monitor hooked up to my mac. And when I play my music really loud, the image almost shakes like it would if I had the stereo hooked up to the power bar with it like it used to be. The stereo is on it's own breaker right now, but is it doing that from the actual vibration of the picture tube or is it dieing on me?

Topic by Punkguyta 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Cheap screws in UK @ Screwfix

If anyone in the UK is contemplating a woodworking project that involves wood screws at the moment, you should pop on down to Screwfix. They currently have packs of 1800 screws for £7. Bargain? YES!

Topic by Jayefuu 9 years ago

how can i remove stripped screw heads?!?!?

How do i remove on with a messed up head sorry for bad pic

Topic by GASSYPOOTS 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Screw ends sticking out the opposite side of a door panel

The previous owner of my house drilled screws through a door to hold one of the door panels in place. The screws are sticking out the other side leaving the  sharp ends exposed.  What would be the best way to fix these sharp ends? Could I just use a bolt cutter and cut them off? 

Question by schupart 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Creating custom plastic project boxes/cases and the screws for them?

For the awesome people that look at the answer sections to give out help: yes, this question is related to my other. I'm looking to make a hide and seek-esk device, and I would like to make a meter to hold the finder system. Said finder system will be custom made. As such, I would like it to look a touch more professional, mainly, but adding screws to be able to screw the parts together (kind like a TV remote). I know it's probably a stupid simple answer that I just spaced on, but if someone has it, that'd be awesome!!

Question by DoctorWoo 4 years ago

Do I Stain the Screws on Furniture?

I'm about to build a small potting bench with timber. I'm planning to use screws to hold bits together. But then I saw a potential problem, do I stain the timber first then screw, or do I just stain over the screws? I'm worried about the stain filling up the screw heads and then making my project look amatuer. Thanks for your help :-)

Question by awang8 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How Can I Remove This Stripped Screw?

On my Honda SL 125 engine on the lower part in the corner, there is this one screw that is preventing me from pulling the whole thing apart. It's driving me crazy. The problem is that it is stripped and nothing I try works to get it out. I also sort of flattened out the lower half of the screw, so that I could try and grab the upper half with some pliers, but that only messed it up further. I've attached a couple of images of the screw if that helps.I read today that gluing a screw driver to the screw with super glue might work, but I wouldn't have thought it would. Any suggestions?

Question by Simon_Carter 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Where can i get a screwdriver which fits the small nerf gun screws?

Question by Carash 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What tool does one use to unscrew the button screws on the back of a desktop computer case?

An answer would be really helpful to me, as I'm looking to upgrade my computer's video card sometime in the future, but can't get inside the certain part of the back of the computer case, as I don't have the right tool to unscrew button screws.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Orthopedic Hardware

My mother is having her screws and plates removed from her shattered ankle, and I really want to turn them into something beautiful that she can keep forever. Does anyone have ideas for creative uses of these implants? I've been searching the internet for ideas, but no one seems to do something with these (or at least they don't write about it). 

Topic by mljones 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Ridiculous and lovely wooden sphere

Over at Make: Blog, George Hart shows that if you put a challenge out there, no matter how crazy, someone might just do it. So 15 years after he made some plans for a theoretical sphere made with 480 wooden pieces and 960 connections, someone actually built it. In this case it was Thomas Guethner of Trostberg, Germany. It's a ridiculous project to take on, but I'm happy that he did it, the results look great! Math Monday: Nailbanger's Nightmare

Topic by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

What is the difference between these screws? Answered

I am trying to fix my RRoD xbox and I can't figure out what kind of screw to use... It might help if I knew what the difference in them were.... I am american and metric makes no scene to me... 5x20MM Panhead Machine Screw 3/16" x 1/2" Panhead Machine Screws 12mm Cheese Head Screws Bonus points if you can find the kind of screw that Microsoft uses and the diameter and thread count, i know for the x-clamp fix it must be 1/2" in length.  Thanks...

Question by awz123 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

3 Prong screw driver

I have a FujiFilm camera that is not working. I want to take it apart, but it has very small triangle screws all over the place. They have only 3 prongs instead of the usual 4. Where can I get a screwdriver for this? Can anyone help with this issue. Thank you

Topic by toolmanic 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Troubles with a Torx Security screw

This is a Tamper Resistant screw called Torx Security because it has a pin in the middle and a common hex driver can't go in. I need to take it out without having to buy a Torx driver (very expensive) and not knowing the size either (I guess 2/4" or 6mm). Thank you for your input!

Topic by Butlersmiles 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Screwed up RSS Feed?

I've been getting the strangest items from the instructables:explore feed, like really really strange. They're in the explore one too, not my inbox or balktalk. They're things like random posts, random topics, random bugs, random comments, and random orangeboard posts. Has anyone else gotten this?

Topic by zachninme 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

"It Will Be Awesome if They Don't Screw it Up"

Public Knowledge recently published a white paper on 3d printing (see link for downloadable PDF version). It compares low-cost home 3d printing technology with home computing and digital publishing, with specific reference to the possibility of DMCA-style legislation preventing the technology reaching its full potential. In many ways, today’s 3D printing community resembles the personal computing community of the early 1990s. They are a relatively small, technically proficient group, all intrigued by the potential of a great new technology. They tinker with their machines, share their discoveries and creations, and are more focused on what is possible than on what happens after they achieve it. They also benefit from following the personal computer revolution: the connective power of the Internet lets them share, innovate, and communicate much faster than the Homebrew Computer Club could have ever imagined. The personal computer revolution also casts light on some potential pitfalls that may be in store for the growth of 3D printing. When entrenched interests began to understand just how disruptive personal computing could be (especially massively networked personal computing) they organized in Washington, D.C. to protect their incumbent power. Rallying under the banner of combating piracy and theft, these interests pushed through laws like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that made it harder to use computers in new and innovative ways. In response, the general public learned once-obscure terms like “fair use” and worked hard to defend their ability to discuss, create, and innovate. Unfortunately, this great public awakening came after Congress had already passed its restrictive laws. Of course, computers were not the first time that incumbents welcomed new technologies by attempting to restrict them. The arrival of the printing press resulted in new censorship and licensing laws designed to slow the spread of information. The music industry claimed that home taping would destroy it. And, perhaps most memorably, the movie industry compared the VCR to the Boston Strangler preying on a woman home alone. One of the goals of this whitepaper is to prepare the 3D printing community, and the public at large, before incumbents try to cripple 3D printing with restrictive intellectual property laws. By understanding how intellectual property law relates to 3D printing, and how changes might impact 3D printing’s future, this time we will be ready when incumbents come calling to Congress.   Podcasts and videos on 3d printing. Gothic Cathedral play set. BBC reportage. Freedom of Creation (3d printing designers)

Topic by Kiteman 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

looking for a special type of screw with an hole at the bottom for a pin to lock the screw. Answered

What is the name for that screw? and where can i get it? i what to lock the screw that it won't turn. 

Question by ComixDude 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Where can I get screws, nuts, bolts and other hardware most cheaply? Answered

I'm planning to build a car-top bike rack based on this gentleman's design: As I've been pricing materials, I'm pleased to find that the wood, pipe, tubing and conduit will cost me only about $20. I'll need to buy one tool (a rigid backsaw) for about $10.  I was hoping to get away with less than $100 out of pocket for a rack to hold four bikes, but then I hit the screw aisle. Picking out machine screws, nuts, and wing nuts for the uprights and jotting down prices, I hit almost $10 for those items alone.  Then I looked for galvanized angle brackets to attach the uprights to the base, and those plus the screws, etc to attach them were close to $35!  Once I started looking at U-bolts and other things I'd need to put the whole thing together, I got quite discouraged. So, is there a place to go where I can get those kinds of things at more of a discount?  I tried McMaster/Carr, but they sell only in bulk quantities.  Once I'm an old established tinkerer, I'm sure I'll have a workshop full of hardware bits that I can make work, but for now, I'm flummoxed.  Suggestions? Or am I just "screwed"? :-)

Question by yoyology 8 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Where to find 10-32 2-1/2 special bolts? Answered

I need a very wide head 10-32 bolt for a project I am working on, because a small head does not hold enough friction against my other part for my needs. The best solution I think would to get a 10-32 carriage bolt (2.5 inches long), but I cannot seem to find this anywhere. Is there a store anywhere that sells low quantity (I need about 5, but could settle for 10-50 if I needed), but I cannot seem to find a store that sells this apparently odd screw size...

Question by astroboy907 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Ways to hold screw with something without using nut?

I am trying to build a holder, that will hold onto a pipe. So apparently, it will be cylindrical in shape. And from 1 end it would be cut and curved at 90 degrees. And 3 holes would be drilled into that space. So like i can lock the holder onto pipe and take it off whenever i want, just by screwing or unscrewing. However, as you can see screwing every time would suck. Very inconvenient. And there is no need to screw 3 screws. 3 are for support, screwing 1 would be enough to keep in place. But if i dont screw all three screws 2 may fall off.  How can i do it so screws stay stick to the base. Use glue? of some sort. Use some sort of washer that holds screw(difference only that nut would be thick.) i need help. :D 

Question by mumer1 6 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Whats the best way to cover up exposed screws? Answered

I read somewhere that using vacuum plugs would work. But I don't have any of them. So what would you do?

Question by powerman666 6 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

How do I convert a Marine Band harmonica from nails to screws?

Marine Bands come with the coverplates/reedplates nailed to the comb. I want to convert to screws. Anyone know the details?

Question by detroitjoec 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Remove screw PDF does not work

Instructable on "5 ways to Remove Screw" PDF does not work.

Topic by LarryB45 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Removing an almost completely stripped screw? Answered

Pretty much what the title says, its quick a small screw too (in length) and I've tried quite a few methods online, such as placing a rubberband in the screw head and using a larger screw bit and a hammer. The head is almost completely stripped and the screwdriver gets like 5% grip. Any tips? D:

Question by Hiyadudez 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Any way to remove a broken screw? Answered

Please, it's urgent. I've broken a metal cross-head screw, there is nothing for the screwdriver to cling to. I cannot preform the hammer method due to the object the screw is stuck in being plastic, and I can't afford to break the plastic. Please, I need you to help me. Dylan P.S This is a nerf gun (the hornet) and the screw is near the cocking mechanism.

Question by yerjoking 10 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Correct crossslot for NAS and MS screws?

Do anybody now the correct crossslot standart for NAS (National Aerospace Standard) and MS (Military Standart) screws? is it Phillips? Frearson/Reed/Prince? JIS/JISC? or any standart else?

Topic by 1Bln65 3 months ago

Plz Help remove stripped screw!

Here is the complete description: Trying to take apart Gamecube Got to heatsink Stripped 4 screws Stripped to point of being square Recessed so no parts are sticking out No access from below Located in VERY small spaces Unable to drill through screw heads No square drill bits of that size WHAT CAN I DO? I need help ASAP!

Topic by Murdok 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

how to remove a siezed up screw? Answered

I got a hand drill realy cheap and it needs cleaning so i tried getting the main gear off but i thing its seized p what can i do to get it off in one piece?

Question by sharlston 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Reid and Prince screw driver design?

I have worked in the automobile repair industry for nearly 50 years and to the best of my knowledge, the reid and prince screw driver was originally designed and used by the european manufacturers. I state this in the form of a question and would like to know for sure.   I have found the posidrive design is mostly used on mechanical items(under the hood) and the standard philips is typically used oninterior and exterior trim  

Question by mad mech 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Small stripped screw in Nerf maverick?

I've recently bought a Nerf maverick with the intention of modding it. There's just one problem, one of the screws is stripped. It's the screw in the front of the gun on the top. It's in a little hole and I don't really want to try to drill it out . Any suggestions? UPDATE: I have no idea how to delete questions, but I just drilled it out.

Question by General Eggs 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Getting a broken screw out of mdf?

Okay I have this problem with a screw being stuck.  It's a small screw size, like maybe #10, but can't tell. It's stuck in 3/4 inch mdf, and it goes through the mdf. I've tried everything to get it out. Pliers don't work, and I absolutely CAN NOT drill out a larger hole.  I tried super gluing a nut to it (yes, I know, stupid idea) didn't work. Only other idea I have is possibly welding a nut onto it, but I have no access to any kind of welder. I can get a butane torch with interchangeable 'soldering' tips, but I think I could possibly do a cheap tack weld that way if it gets hot enough. Other than that, does anyone have any ideas on what I can do? I'd like to preserve the threads as I will be using the same hole. 

Question by xander.zoolander 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Fun knex gun to screw around with?

Are there any knex guns that are good for just playing with. not specifically for war. range doesn't have to be huge but should be ok. It also would be nice if it is something innovative. I right now have a HIGHLY modified desperado pistol. it is great but isn't fun to play around with anymore.

Question by pmgroundhog 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Log in screws up most of the time.

I have a service that records all my passwords, usernames and logins, etc. as I type them in. It works perfectly everywhere and all the time except on your site. How come your site can't reliably find the information I typed in to open the account and that was simultaneously recorded by the top rated password service on the net?  Sometimes it opens, mostly it doesn't. Can you help?

Topic by TomM315 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Screw TED - come join BIL!

The cognoscenti among you may know about the upcoming TED conference in Monterey, CA this week. TED is a prestigious, invitation-only, $6000/person gathering on Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED - get it?), and attracts hordes of Really Cool People, such as Craig Venter, Amy Tan, Al Gore, Louise Leakey, Ravi Shankar, Phil Zimbardo, Bob Geldhof, etcetera, etcetera... About 1,100 people are expected to attend TED. This year's conference theme is "Big Questions," and speakers will be looking at core issues like who we are, where we came from and what our place is in the universe. ( WIRED)Of course, the vast majority of you will have no chance in hell to actually be able to attend TED, and meet any of these Really Cool People. That's why this year there's an alternative for the rest of us:BIL! This weekend, March 1-2, Monterey, CA(Stands for Breeding. Intelligence. Lounge.)BIL is an open-ended gathering designed to complement TED, and begins just after the closing beach party that ends TED on Saturday. Bil, loosely organized by Princeton University student Marshall Reaves, does not charge attendees but conference goers must create their own roster of speakers -- anyone who shows up at Bil can give a presentation there. The list of scheduled speakers includes some current and past TED presenters. ( WIRED)To quote their website: Our event is self-organizing, emergent, and anarchic. Nobody is in charge. If you want to come just show up. If you've got an idea to spread start talking. If someone is saying something good, stop and listen.If you're interested, sign up on their wiki, bring your own folding chair, your laptop, a cell phone and show up...

Topic by Patrik 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

My network is really screwed up

I seem to be fighting a loosing battle with my network, things just never work like they're supposed to.For example, sometimes I have to reinstall my network printer on both my laptop and my ibook to get it to print again, even when the server has been running fine sans problems for a week, it will randomly do this shit.Another example is, right now I "was" just trying to copy some music over to an external firewire drive on my server that I have shared. I had the permissions on everyone set to full access yesturday but I noticed when I restarted my server, it did not detect my drive properly until I re-seated the firewire cable :S Thusly somehow it lost my share configuration for my music folder.I set it up, but this time I left it on read only because I wasn't planning on adding any music earlier, itunes and everything was working fine when i mounted the volume. I went on there and changed the permissions back to full access just 20 minutes ago as I wanted to add some music to my drive, I right clicked in my mac os x explorer and made a new folder just to see if I could copy over now, it worked, aswell as deleting the folder.So I drag the 60mb folder of mp3 files over, and it just sat there...and sat...and sat.... until eventually giving me an error -36, upon searching about, it means "-36 ioErr I/O error (bummers)".That's straight from the horse's mouth, and that really tells me nothing, what exactly does "bummers" mean???It's frustrating for me non stop, and it does this to me with other shares in mac os x, or they will randomly disconnect for no reason, sometimes after 15 minutes or sometimes after 3 days. I will note too, I can't connect to my server now, it just says missing alias in the mac os finder. Yet I can VNC into it no problem, wowa, but just upon checking my pc just now, it can't access any shares on it either, the cursour is just spinning, however I usually have no problems with my pc's accessing it, other than the printer thing.I'm just so god damned frustrated with my set up, I've looked it up and down until I was exhausted, several times, and I know I must be missing somewhere along the way, but I just can't understand how it doesn't work like I want it to. Shares are set up, firewire is out of the question, permissions set up, mac os x can log into server, check. It's all good until I actually go to use it for something when I really need it.I'll have to restart my server now to get it to work properly was fine until I vnc'd into it to change the permissions, im gonna try restarting it now and just access it from it's own screen, perhaps vnc has something to do with it.Oh and to clear up any questions before they're asked, this is how I have it configured, as quickly and detailed as I can explain it:My network starts at my ADSL +2 4 port router/modem thingy (Speedtouch 546, it has it's own connection issues on the isp's side, but they don't seem impact LAN side data flow)That then gets split off to:*Port 1: iBook G4*Port 2: 25 ft. cable to 8 port switch (I'll explain that a little further down)*Port 3: 50 ft. cable to apple airport basestation in livingroom for wifi*Port 4: My main AMD PcMy ibook is configured for DHCP with manual address switch just makes the modem think I have like 5 computers hooked into one port lol...My airport, for a long time I thought was perfectly fine as far as usuage with my thinkpad, however, I've been noticing the last few times it's powered on, the airport connects to the thinkpad, but assigns it a address which does not exist on my network, but if I turn the wifi off and back on, it connects fine and assigns it a dynamic ip on my network.Other than that, I have it in bridge mode so that it acts pretty much the same as if the laptop were wired via ethernet, vnc, filetransfers, and online games all work good albeit the wireless delay, still not bad in VNC however.My AMD machine is set up for static ip at 2 of my modem goes to port 8 (uplink) of my switch.*Port 1: My server (Configured for static ip at rest are just my B&W; g3 setup for static ip at and an old P2 I believe is at .69 and a 1.5 amd athlon aswell setup on, all of those in no particular order except I made sure my server stays on port 1.I did have everything setup so my server was on port 2 of my modem all by itself, but I needed the switch over by my server so I moved it, however, I was still having these problems before hand, even when my server was running on a completely different motherboard!Also, maybe could someone tell me why my server won't boot unless I have a bootable disk in the drive (IE: my windows 2003 server install disk), just so it goes to "press any key to boot cd.......", of course I don't push any key, and it continues to boot into windows.However, if I dare start my server without that disc in there, it simply goes to "Invalid System Disk error, insert correct/valid disk (can't remember it word for word), and push enter"I've tried reinstalling windows server 03, and same deal, yet it's using the same hard disk for the OS that my previous motherboard used and booted from not a problem.I really apologize for the long post... but I've quite literally burnt myself out and lost all motivation with continuing to expand my computer network and so I figured I would ask for help on here for one last resort, but I know many people probably won't read it due to the long post, but I have a lot of problems I don't have answers for and I need to explain myself somewhat thoroughly or else I won't find the proper solution for the problem, now will I?

Topic by Punkguyta 10 years ago

How do they make plastic grooves for screws

This is something that is very common in most of today's assembled plastic items, engineers somehow get a metal screw to hold the plastic body of an item together.  So, how  do they create the groove in the plastic for the screw? .. is the groove shaped along with the plastic? is it a drill bit?... does anybody know?

Topic by jimplab 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How could I build an Archimedes screw? Answered

I suddenly for no reason would like to build an Archimedes screw for transporting water. All research attempt have failed. The only instructions that I can find suck, and I'm not sure what the... ahem... Heck I'm doing. Anyone have any ideas or experience in the matter? Thanks!

Question by noahh 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

No Hinge Tortilla Press - (Rope, Screw, Hammer?)

I am looking for a highly interactive/artistic version of a Tortilla press. Has anybody seen a Tortilla press without a hinge? Maybe a Rope or Screw mechanism? Slide Hammer? Sledge Hammer?

Topic by Tolting 5 years ago

diy 110v AC screw-in LED lightbulb?

I'm sort of an electronics newbie, but I'm wondering if anyone knows of any designs to make a 110v AC LED screw-in bulb? It seems all you would need is a full wave bridge rectifier, a resistor(?) to lower the voltage, some LEDs, and some variation on a screw-in base to make a home-made LED bulb. Am I wrong, or shouldn't that be relatively simple to build? Any thoughts? Thanks, Matt

Topic by matthew6 11 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Torque to linear thrust through lead screw

Hi,I am trying to figure out maximum linear force I can produce with an electric motor through use of lead screw and nut. I have come up with an equation which seems correct but resulting forces are way higher than my intuition believes is correct.I tackled the problem from the perspective of energies:F' * p = M/r * 2*π*rlinear force * thread pitch = torque / radius [M/r = force at radius] * circumference of lead screwF = 2*π*M/p * (1-k) //k stands for coefficient of friction between lead screw and nut)Radius falls out of equation, which seems fine as force is provided by torque, which is radius agnostic. I used a 7€ stepper for source of torque which can provide 0.42 Nm of torque and a lead screw with 8 mm pitch and 4 mm radius, I assumed 15% losses. My equation tells me that such system can provide 280 N of force, which seems wayyy too much for a cheap motor.I have attached a python code that calculates linear force in case it helpsCan someone tell me if my equation is either correct or flawed?

Topic by ptkrf 6 months ago  |  last reply 6 months ago

Where can I find a screwdriver for an Etch-A-Sketch Animator?

I have an old Etch-A-Sketch Animator from 1986. The rubber membrane buttons barely work now. I would love to take this apart and clean out the buttons but the security screws in this are very weird - a funky kind of three bladed thing for which I have never been able to find a bit/driver. It's not Tri-Lobe, Tri-Wing or Tri-Groove. It's a standard pan top screw with three slots, separated in the center by a tiny "triangle". The slots come together much more closely than Tri-Groove. The ends of the slots closest to the center of the screw are more shallow than the edges closest to the diameter of the screw. A Tri-Groove might work, but I don't think the driver is going to clear the outer plastic housing. If anyone knows where I can find a bit to remove these, I'd appreciate the help! As far as advice on improvised removal techniques: Dremel techniques or any kind of "use a pair of dikes" technique won't work here because the screw is recessed by about 1.5cm in a channel that is maybe 1mm wider than the screw head. I'd like to avoid "Melt a pen" techniques to avoid damage to the casing and/or getting a pen permanently melted into the shaft. Besides, with the size of these screws (1/4 inch head?) and the age of the device, I doubt a Bic pen will have the torque necessary to pop the screws. (Keeping that under my belt as a last resort, though.) Links to a recommended Tri-Groove set with plenty of differently sized bits would be awesome as a second to last resort. There's so many and I'm a bit out of my element.

Question by inanis 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

wiring a 5VDC 3A plug into a Screw Terminal block

I have wired a 5VDC 3A plug into a Screw Terminal block to be my source of power but when I put any wires into the block, attach them to the speaker, turn it on there is no power. What am I doing wrong?

Question by Caskias 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Removing a teeny/tiny iPod/iPhone drilled screw

Hello, I have been doing some repair work on an iPod Touch 3G. One repair I'm having to perform is the power button which is totally unresponsive. This required removing some very soft tiny screws at the bottom of the device. Unfortunately, one didn't survive the screwdriver and quickly chewed up, which means I've had to drill it using a drill bit, which took a surprising amount of effort. The problem now I have is extracting the final stem which is still screwed in. The stem isn't flush with the metal but it's not far off, making it hard to grab using pliers. I'm looking for some suggestions how to remove it. I've read that cutting a thin screwdriver in half and gluing it using super glue is a way. Another way seems to buying an extraction set but the only one I can find in the area looks far too big (despite having a precision piece). Thoughts? All suggestions welcome.

Topic by skezza 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Did I screw up my power converter?

My motorhome has a115v ac to 12v dc with a split transformer, the 2 outer leads went to press in diodes and the middle lead went to neg or pos.(cant remember witch)  it is 40amp converter. one of the diodes was bad and i was only getting 6 volts out so i replaced them both with 40 amp 600 volt ZENER diodes. Are the zener diodes the wrong type to use, all seemed good except my neg and pos polarity were reversed coming out of the power converter, I reversed the terminals at the hook up so polarity would be correct.  Could this discharge my battery when its not connected to 115v.                                                                                             Thank you, Duncan

Question by dsr. 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Vintage tech screw drive snowmobile from 1926

I think we need a vintage tech category. Anyway, somebody emailed me this video of a cool homemade snowmobile from 1926. I found this very inspirational and would love to build a small version with a lawn mower tractor. Its on my list for sure.snowmobile of 1926

Topic by robbtoberfest 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Instructables screen layout all screwed up SOLVED

Dunno where this belongs, but as of today Instructables are displaying (a) too wide for my screen and (b) virtually hanging off the left edge thereof -- the nice left margin is completely obliterated, which I find intensely irritating. There's no reason at all that I can see for this, since the only thing that appears on the far right is an email it! button. So why cause a horizontal scrollbar for this? More to the point now that I've looked more closely at it, the pages are really messed up. Nearly everything is banged up against the left (nonexistent) margin, just piled there (not shown in my screenshots). The exception seems to be the Next button, which is now way over to the right instead of just under the pictures (also not in my screenshots). What a mess! I'm calling the Design Police!

Topic by OldProfessorBear 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago