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what is the best instrument to use for removing and installing screws into a pc laptop?

Hi Everyone,

          This question is going to seem very basic, perhaps even elementary to most. but, I am curious about the best tool or tools to use for removing and installing screws into a laptop.  The reason I am bringing this up is because of a  youtube video I recently watched on this subject.  The instrument used the demonstrator did not look like a standard flat head or philips screwdrive.  It had a silver appearance from bottom to top and a flat head at the top.  The bottom 50% of the instrument had the appearance also of being adjustable, thus, allowing the user to turn the laptop screw either clockwise or counterclockwise.  I apologize for my vague description of this instrument.  I would google it, but, I am not sure what this instrument actually is called.  Hopefully, someone will be able to make sense of my vague description here and offer some suggestions in terms the name or catorization of this instrument.

              Thanks in advance for any attention given to this question.

              George
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austinstaceCommented:
It sounds like they were using some kind of ratcheting screwdriver similar to automotive wrenches. I use a set of screwdrivers that include many different sizes of flat head (common), phillips (the one that looks like a plus), star (kind of self explanatory), and hex. Different brands and models of laptops use different screws. It's just as important to use a driver that fits the screw snugly as it is to use the correct shape for the screw head. Most small screws are softer metal and the heads strip out pretty easily.

Hope this info helps and there's never a question that is too basic.
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austinstaceCommented:
BTW. If you are looking for a ratchet screwdriver set, you will be looking for "precision" ratchet screwdrivers. That's the term the manufacturers seem to use to describe them.
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Joseph RuizSystems EngineerCommented:
Was it a ratcheting square-drive screwdriver? Sometimes they are used in classroom/shop settings because they dont strip as easyly.
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darwinsradioCommented:
It may seem a bit of a silly question, however, it's a fair one and I spent quite some time trying to find the ideal tool myself so I'm not laughing (well not much anyway).

I use a pretty cheap 31-piece screwdriver set with a magnetic tip - that's a tremendousy useful feature!

It has the spinning flat head I think you're describing so it can be quickly and easily spun in either direction with ones fingers.
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
I have a Wiha set I've had forever and it was worth the extra $$.
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Joseph RuizSystems EngineerCommented:
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garycaseCommented:
George,

What you described sounds like some jewelers' screwdrivers.

But it'd be best if you simply posted a link to the video you watched so we can see just what you're looking for.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone;

          Reflecting on the link given by darwinsradio, this tool has the tips I saw in the demonstration.  The price mentioned, £3.83, I believe is in Euro currency standards.  Could someone tell me what that amount converts to in USD or United States currency standards?

           Thank you.

           George
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Google says $6.39
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garycaseCommented:
Unfortunately they only deliver to UK destinations.   Amazon-UK also sells this set; but also doesn't ship it to the US.

There are a variety of similar sets available in the US  ==> this looks like a good value (I do not have this set; but do have several miniature magnetic screwdrivers, and they are VERY handy):  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OWXRAY/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000UGKBFS&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1NV5GPT2EJQBA8YV1SFS
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nobusCommented:
i use an electric screwdriver - fast and low cost     http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-9074CTN-3-6-volt-Screwdriver/dp/B0000302UJ
you cna find them in any tool shop
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone,

          Upon followup of darwinsradio link to the 31-piece screwdriver set, I got an email early this morning from the company indicating they only ship within the UK.  If someone knows about another online company which ships to addresses within the US for this same kit, could someone provide a purchase link please?  

           Thank you

           George
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

          Thank you too Gary for the heads up on that as well.  What you said further got confirmed with the email received from the company this morning as indicated.

          George
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austinstaceCommented:
Newegg has a few screwdriver sets listed. There's also a nice, more complete, computer kit. They usually have very competitive prices and you can check out the reviews from other buyers before you make the leap.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Once Again Everyone,

             Please disregard the last request of locating the 31 pc screwdriver set within the US.  I am checking out closer the Amazon link given by Gary.
 
             Thank you

              George
             
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone,

            Thanks so much for the tips, suggestions, and resourceful links given to this post.  After searching around the house, I found exactly what I am looking for with respect to the tools I had in mind for disassembling and reassembling laptops.  

             I greatly appreciate the feedback given.  It certainly reminds me how important it is to have the right tool for the right job.

             Thanks again.

             George
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