I use a small medical clamp that can locked so that the screw can be
picked-up, held and inserted into the hole.
"gary" wrote in message
How can I pick up the tiny screwsole and align them into the holes in the
I generally just use a tiny dab of petroleum jelly or the like on the
tip of the jeweler's screwdriver; it's sufficient to pick up the screw
by the slot and hold it to get it in place. Even a drop of water _can_
be enough with some...
Thanks all for your suggestions.
I was able to loosen the screws just enough to get the lenses out of the old frames and put the lenses in to the new frames without removing the screws and having them disappear into the carpet never to be found again.
In alt.home.repair, on Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:53:06 -0700 (PDT), gary
Never do something like this over carpet in the first place.
Never do it on a glass-topped desk I learned that with a pocket watch
when I was 13 years old.
Never do it with hardwood floors unless they have no cracks between
Actually it's best to use a table with a piece of one-color cloth spread
on it, to stop bouncing. Maybe sit on the floor too.
Wrap cellophane tape around your fingers sticky side out.
screw you'll be able to find it easily.
As an expert at losing parts, I never take anything apart any more
unless it's on a large tray and having a couple of containers for parts.
I keep a couple of those large plastic lids from peanut cans don't take
up much space in a tool box.
I had a couple of problems with plastic frame recent glasses. First,
the hinges were stuck. Moving them would have damaged the frame or
temple bars. I tried loosening the screws and adding a drop of oil, but
could not get them to budge. Eventually I got another frame from the
mfr. Instructions were to run the old glasses under hot water and when
flexible, pop out the lenses. While doing this I squirted some dish
detergent on the glasses and instantly the hinges loosened up
completely. So I ended using the original frames.
The hinges were not bend or binding -- just evidently they used the
wrong lube, or glue got into them. Both hinges were like this.
But be sure those compartments have INDIVIDUAL lids. I had a plastic one
once, 7 compartments with a common lid. It was way too springy, making
it nearly impossible to access one compartment without ejecting the
contents of ALL compartments.
and that leads to another consideration; don't work over carpet, where
you can't find the tiny screws.
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