Stripped screw hole

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  1. fenjen, Feb 19, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2014

    fenjen macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2012
    Hi guys,

    I took of my bottom cover today but when I put it back on I seem to have tried to screw a screw too tight and now I think I've stripped the thread in my case. When I turn the screw now it just keeps turning and it won't tighten.

    Any ideas on how to fix this?

    (I hope I used the correct terms; English isn't my main language so I don't really know specific terms like these)
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Are you sure that that screw belongs in that particular hole? There are two different screw sizes for the bottom cover. Sometimes people forget to label where the screws go, and get them mixed up.
  3. fenjen thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2012
    Yeah, sadly I'm sure. It's the middle right one (which is always a small screw). I tried screwing in another screw but none will go one with the case on it. They tighten just fine in the other holes though.
    So I seem to have screwed up (no pun intended) my case :/.
    I don't really want to buy a new one so any ideas would be appreciated!
  4. durkkin macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2013
  5. fenjen thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2012
    Thanks! I'll try that out.
  6. bobcan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    Sunny but Cold.. Canada
    LocTite for sure.. and maybe try __

    YES, agreed as above that the other screws will quite securely hold the bottom cover on.. That being said, I have had many covers off (both mine and friends for RAM and HD/SSD work) and you should LocTite the screws once apart anyway as they will loosen in a few months if not, assuming you use your computer as a mobile device and it doesn't sit on a desk..

    Also, the only 'real way' to fix the issue with an enlarged interior thread is to 'add metal' or slightly misshape it (a few degrees of twist, or Squeeze together) to give it some bite.. Something as simple as some Fine Nylon Fishing line, or a very small guitar string (.008 or such) through the Threaded Hole would also do the trick likely if you can get to it/make it stay there while turning the screw in..

    ** If using a metal 'harder' than the Screw, or obviously the Aluminum Case (as a SS guitar string would be) you might hurt the Screw Threads, but if you ONLY use it in that position in any future Removal/Replacement then you will likely never care.. Good Luck!! :apple:
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Use loctite or similar thread locker, it may be enough to fill the gaps and allow it to tighten.

    Either that, or you add material back and retap the hole. Or tap it one size up and buy the correct screw.

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