Drilling out a stripped screw on IPhone??

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  1. applemessiah macrumors member

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    I bought an iphone from a guy that was supposed to just need restore. Turns out the top button doesnt wanna work, so i cant put into dfu mode. I have another motherboard so i thought id just switch em out. Problem is, one of the bottom two bolts thats holds LCD assembly is stripped out. Any chance i may be able to drill it out? If so what size bolt is it, so i can buy the drill bit. I have been to some hardware stores and they sell really tiny drillbits so i just need to know the bolt diameter...any help is appreciated. thanks
     
  2. Gav2k, Jul 11, 2011
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    I wouldn't recommend drilling the screw out. Check lots of drivers to see if one will catch and turn the screw. On the power button issue a logic board swap shouldn't be needed at all just a new powerbutton/cable

    On a side note if you insist on drilling you only need to knock the head off. The back will then slide off allowing you to take the remainder of the screw out with pliers.
     
  3. applemessiah thread starter macrumors member

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    well i have tried 2 different drivers and it won't budge. I have never encountered this problem so it really bugs me out. Would it really be too hard to try drilling it out? im thinking just a steady hand and some patience...
     
  4. applemessiah thread starter macrumors member

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    thats what i was thinking too on just drilling the head off...any idea what size drill bit would i need?
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    1.2mm should work perfectly.
     
  6. applemessiah thread starter macrumors member

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    would this be just right for the screw head or also for drilling out the whole screw?
     
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Just the head. You do not want to drill the shaft out. It will throw metal shards all over the guts of your iPhone.
     
  8. applemessiah thread starter macrumors member

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    i will try it later and post my progress...thanks Gav2k.
     
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    When you drill the head and take the other screw out the back will slide off and you should be lift with enough of the shaft to grasp with needle nose pliers. Good luck
     
  10. awadeee macrumors 68020

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    If it's a 3G or 3Gs, to fix a faulty power button you're going to have to strip the phone of everything and then remove the volume buttons, the mute switch and the power button because they're all "daisy chained" by one cable, so to speak.

    I don't know if I would go about drilling or not. Before I tried that, I would attempt to sand or grind down a small screwdriver and then apply a strong adhesive so that it would stick to the screw and you could get it out that way.
     
  11. Orion126 macrumors regular

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    Not sure if it will yelp in this situation but when you have stripped screws place a reek bet and between stripped screw top and screwdriver.

    Good luck!
     

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