I stripped the triwing screw that holds my battery

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Baloney1011, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. Baloney1011 macrumors member

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    ... and I don't know what to do! I've already tried supergluing the screwdriver to the screw but that didn't work. I don't have a screw extractor. Do I have to buy one? Is there something I can do to try and remove the screw without buying a screw extractor? I have basically the same problem as is describe here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1300614

    Now the screw is filled with superglue!! What should I do?? I don't care about the screw itself and I don't need a replacement, I'm just trying to get it out!
     
  2. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    Ordinary drill bits work (if you dont mind losing the screw forever).
    Just get a drill bit the same size as your screw head and drill until the head is off. Worked for my stripped ODD screw.
     
  3. JacaByte macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried using a rubber band as suggested in that thread?

    You can also try using a dremel to cut a wedge into the surface of the screw and use a flat-blade screwdriver to get it out. You need to be careful when you do this though, of course; if you slip you could blow the battery up along with your laptop and yourself.

    Edit: You need to be careful about drilling/cutting the screw, mind the metal fragments that come off of it; if any metal fragments get inside your laptop's case with the logic-board they could cause intermittent problems. (Freezing, kernel panics, etc.)
     
  4. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

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    You could drill it just a tad to give it some edge instead of smooth like it is... or put a groove in it with a file etc...

    Then do the rubber band trick at the end of the thread you linked to. It works very well, but the rubberband needs something to hold on to.
     
  5. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    never heard of the rubberband before... shoot. I drilled my other stripped screws out of mine during repairs... :(
     
  6. theLimit macrumors 6502a

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    Needle-nosed pliers have always worked for me. Squeeze hard enough that they bite into the screw head, and turn slowly. Be careful whatever method you use, work slowly, avoid caffeine, and have tape on hand to pick up any metal shavings.
     
  7. Baloney1011 thread starter macrumors member

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    Okay... what I did is I took a dull envelope opener and started, literally, sawing the screw, creating a deep dent in it. Originally I started off hoping that I would be able to make a dent deep enough to fit a flat-blade screw; after about half an hour, I realized this would not be possible. However, by that time, I also realized that I had loosened up the screw enough and was able to pry it out with a wire cutter.

    Now, where do I get a new screw?
     

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