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Small Screws are My DIY Dilemma!

Filed Under: Tools, Essential Skills, Know-How

Aren't those super small screws so annoying when you're trying to assemble furniture and accessories? We offer up a few tips for dealing with small screws when you're at your wit's end.

small screwsSmall screws are one thing, but screws that are the size of a grain of rice? Now those are frustrating. Photo: gribley, Flickr

DIY Life reader Jesse Schmitt has had it *up to here* with the teeny tiny screws that come with his ready-to-assemble furniture. Jesse says:

It seems to me that everything that "requires some assembly" also requires the superhuman ability to carefully handle objects the size of your eyelash. And I don't know what perverse law of physics controls tiny objects, but they always manage not just to fall, but to fling themselves from your grasp into a shag rug or vat of lava or something. Some manufacturers are starting to include spare screws for people like me. But any given DIY project includes at least a 10-minute search-and-rescue operation for Tiny Part 00b-4X.

We hear you, Jesse! In fact, we're excited to announce our new column here on DIY Life; we're calling it "My DIY Dilemma" -- and your little DIY nuisance is our first topic!

In the following video, DIYer Danny Lipford and his right hand man show you two cool tricks for working with very small screws. They're both simple and effective. Try them out and tell us what you think!

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  • Karen

    I use a telescoping wand with a magnet on the end if I or my husband drop a very small screw. We are into model railroading and all of the screws are so small that when they get dropped, they are impossible to find. I just whip out the wand with the magnet on the end and find it immediately! Then you can also start the screw with the end of the magnet. Now if they are plastic screws-that is a different story, but usually they are metal and the magnet works perfectly.

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