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Damaged Screw Head

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So I was cleaning the inside of my PS2 slim console, and when trying to get the fan out, my screwdriver tip broke off very slightly and is now stuck in the screw head, so I can't remove it! Any tip… Read More
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4m, 3d agoPosted 4 months, 3 days ago
So I was cleaning the inside of my PS2 slim console, and when trying to get the fan out, my screwdriver tip broke off very slightly and is now stuck in the screw head, so I can't remove it!

Any tips on how to remove the screw now please? Thanks.
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4m, 3d agoPosted 4 months, 3 days ago
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#1
A thin hss drill bit in reverse.
#2
A magnet or tweezers?
#3
To remove the broken bit, then another attempt?
#4
Dig around in the house for a compass, the type you use for drawing circles. Use the point to try and dislodge the broken bit.
#5
A big blob of blue tac.. press it on it so it sticks and then peel it off. .. or an old tooth brush
#6
If its a cross head screw, could you use a flat head to grip at two of the other points? Or a pin end to try and prise the broken bit out?
#7
Thanks. I'll try some of the suggestions. Just didn't want to damage the screw even more, or end up damaging the fan.
#8
dont use cheap tools..... eg from £ shop. make sure the screwdriver is long enough to get leverage.
#9
half a glass of coca cola ... leave over night ... et voila ... :)
#10
Sorted. Blutac and a flat head! Thanks.

One more thing, i need to 'lube' up a metal spring which holds and moves the laser up and down. I have a cheap can of a version of wd40. If i use the tiniest amount to just rub over the metal spring, is that ok or is it flammable and likely to be a hazard?
#11
Wd40 isn't a lubricant. It's only designed to be a release agent. Is there any white residue on the spring. They might have used Teflon grease.
#12
I went ahead and made my finger lightly oily with the wd40, wiped it so it wasn't 'wet' and then lightly ran my finger over the metal spring. I then took a cotton bud and ran that lightly over the spring too so i should think there's literally just a trace of oil, enough to make it slightly lubricated.

Obviously i wouldn't spray it with the stuff, but it was more to lightly just coat it. Should this be ok?
#13
It's not actually wd40, just a can of 3 in 1 oil
#14
This says it lubricates

http://i68.tinypic.com/2f03tcz.jpg
#15
nipstyler
Wd40 isn't a lubricant. It's only designed to be a release agent. Is there any white residue on the spring. They might have used Teflon grease.

WD40 isn't even a release agent, it is a water displacer - hence the name. It leaves a residue which will attract dust/dirt. It is one of the most inappropriately overused sprays known to man

A spring shouldn't need any lubricant or grease. Make sure its clean and dry, if you really feel that it needs some sort of friction reduction (if for example it is in a tube or sleeve of some sort) then graphite is probably your best bet. rub it with a 3B or 4B or higher pencil.

Edited By: mas99 on Mar 18, 2017 11:33
#16
have you seen the rubber band trick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqIDjb1cmro
#17
As above, i did use a tiny bit. More like rubbing greasy fingers over it then wiping over it. I say spring but i mean the rod that the laser goes up and down. Is it still safe to use?
#19
I've fixed it now. It's more the oil question I'm stuck with.
#20
superfreddy
I've fixed it now. It's more the oil question I'm stuck with.
You don't use oil, just silicon grease or copper grease. You want something that won't melt but also won't dry out.
#21
archer1204
have you seen the rubber band trick
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqIDjb1cmro


That's brilliant archer Iv been in the building trade for years and could of done with knowing this countless times. Every day's a school day
#22
kester76
superfreddy
I've fixed it now. It's more the oil question I'm stuck with.
You don't use oil, just silicon grease or copper grease. You want something that won't melt but also won't dry out.

I hardly used any, but I need to know it should be safe right?
#23
Probably, only issue with oil is that it runs eventually.
#24
kester76
Probably, only issue with oil is that it runs eventually.

It's multi purpose oil and I didn't even drip it onto the console, just wiped it with a oiled finger lol

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