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Hi folks just a quick simple question aimed at all you Apple experts. I was trying to strip down a iPhone 4 that needs a new LCD, Speaker, Back Glass.. it was a bit of a mess to be honest. I purchased a special set of screw drivers for all Apple devices (at the time) and I managed to get so far inside to discover a threaded screw (previous repair elsewhere) in the bottom left of the iPhone and I can't get it out for love all money, is there anything I can do to get out because it's right in a awkward place so I can't get pliers or anything in to grip it [frown]

Any ideas guys?

Many Thanls [biggrin]

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Steve
Hummm no grip on the screw at all or have we got a little to work with? Can you take a good pic? I may have a few ideas depending on the position and condition. 


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Jay
Are there any screw extractors that Replacebase could look into? 
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Andy @ ACE-Repairs
If you carnt get it out with a decent screwdriver (not the crap free tools type) & you have the skill drill the centre out carefully.   
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MACH Computers
Depending on which screws are fubar, a bit of extra pressure into the head can get them moving. They're tightened with a great deal of torque so once you've got it moving you're in the clear. Another option is to use a small flathead and a small hammer / persuasion stick to knock the head round thus unscrewing it. 
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MACH Computers
Depending on which screws are fubar, a bit of extra pressure into the head can get them moving. They're tightened with a great deal of torque so once you've got it moving you're in the clear. Another option is to use a small flathead and a small hammer / persuasion stick to knock the head round thus unscrewing it. 
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Jay
Had this a few times before, previous repairs on a device where a certain person would over torque the screw and round it off a bit in the process!

really NO need to be over tightening the screws, we don't need to torque stuff here like on a car.
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MACH Computers
Obviously the only way to prevent over-tightening the screws is to get the new gTool PenDriver [frown], although I personally think they're just a gimmick to be honest.

It's one of those things that is hard to describe, but those of us that do these repairs all the time simply know just by the feedback from the driver how much torque is needed when putting things back together. (Anyone agree with me here?)
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Jay
Mach Computers ...

The gTool driver doesn't really interest me, it's not a crucial part of my kit but I can see why some would go for it.

Out of interest what ever happened to the gTool ' iPad Screen Jack ' apparently this was going to lift off the screen on various iPad devices in minutes? pretty sure they had major issues with it and development has gone to a crawl (this did interest me however)

With torquing the screws you get used to how much to tighten them, i'm pretty certain that some of these issues come with previous repairs by means of DIY and using those cheapo tools you get included with the parts.

But talking aside, i'm sure the OP wished on this occasion the person forgot to put this screw inside the iPhone ... I have seen plenty where those screws have been totally left out or missing a few.
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MACH Computers
I think we have all found our fair share of missing screws for a previous repair, latest one being the lower LCD shield screw on a 5S (which also secures the home button flex to the frame with that earth bracket). Albeit not causing any functional issues, if you take it out, why not put it back?? Sometimes I wonder if some people harvest bits from other customers phones to fix others and not replace them. 
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Mend My iPhone
The new iPhone 7 has some pretty variable screw pressures on it - particularly on the main bracket and i've had to buy 2 really high quality tri star screwdrivers in case one can't grip through wear. On some frames they've been machine fitted i'm sure as I need to place it on it's side to allow rear pressure onto the screw to help get grip and turn it.

With some screw you can try carrying diff sizes of screw drivers and the star dapped ones are pretty good at fitting in a gap in the philips screw centre and getting some decent grip to twist it off to start it moving. 


The screws are all fitted with a 'glue' which is i imagine loc-tight (the blue stuff) on the end of most screws. This is what grips and holds it so you have to make a hard positive screw turn first. To loosen it. It's all about practice and precision. Push in with enough force to make sure the screwdriver is located and turn slowly and forcefully. Always make sure you replace work screw drivers - they re neither use nor ornament and will ruin screw heads and make your life harder.

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