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>> No. 2591 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 3:14 pm
2591 Decent screwdriver set
I know we've got some skilled techies and DIY folks here, I'd appreciate some advice on this one.

I have been through literally hundreds of mini screwdrivers over the years. Some last for ages and some are junk from the get go. Irritatingly some of the ones I've spent a little extra on are the same old shit, maybe in a tarted up case. I don't want this. I don't mind paying a fair bit of cash to avoid it. Not hundreds, but well into the double digits.

Same question aimed at regular screwdrivers too, if anyone has any input.
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>> No. 2593 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 4:58 pm
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I have one of the iFixit cases - bit of extra dollar, but worth it.
>> No. 2594 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 7:04 pm
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Wiha or Wera. Made in Germany, top quality, they'll last you forever. Xiaomi sell a set of Wiha-made driver bits that's currently on sale for a ludicrous price, which is ideal for use with a power handle like the Wowstick or the ES121. I also have a Wera Kraftform Micro set for deeply recessed screws.

https://www.banggood.com/XIAOMI-Mijia-Wiha-24-in-1-Multi-purpose-Precision-Screwdriver-Set-Aluminium-S2-Steel-Repair-Tools-p-1187158.html
>> No. 2596 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 10:24 pm
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Thanks all. Went with >>2594's suggestion. I tend to assume that such "sales" are just the regular price really, but if you say this is a good price then I'll give it a go, it's cheap enough for me not to care too much anyway. Cheers mate.

Might pick up a wowstick too. They're absurdly cheap, though, can they really be any good? How much torque can you get out of a couple of AAAs?
>> No. 2597 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 11:57 pm
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>>2596

>They're absurdly cheap, though, can they really be any good? How much torque can you get out of a couple of AAAs?

The motor only does about 3nM, so it'll struggle with anything that you'd need a full-size screwdriver for. The clutch mechanism means you can just use it as a manual screwdriver for the first/last half a turn. It's an absolute godsend for phone or laptop repair where you're dealing with dozens of tiny screws, but it's not an essential tool by any means and I wouldn't bother if you don't do a lot of that sort of thing.
>> No. 2598 Anonymous
7th September 2019
Saturday 10:46 am
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>>2597
>The clutch mechanism means you can just use it as a manual screwdriver for the first/last half a turn.
This is what I was concerned about, but that sounds like a good solution. I spend a lot of time inside computers of one kind or another so it'll probably be a good investment.

Thanks again.

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>> No. 2585 Anonymous
1st September 2019
Sunday 8:40 pm
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My bathroom sink keeps getting blocked, and pouring that unblocker thing into it just works for like a week.

I'm wondering if there could be too much stuff in the pipes. What kind of tool should I get to open this?
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>> No. 2588 Anonymous
1st September 2019
Sunday 8:48 pm
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>>2587

Pipe wrench.
>> No. 2589 Anonymous
1st September 2019
Sunday 9:06 pm
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>>2587
Use a kitchen towel for grip.
>> No. 2590 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 12:49 am
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use a blow torch to soften it up a bit

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 2595 Anonymous
6th September 2019
Friday 10:04 pm
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You'll want a mole wrench, or if it's too big even for that, a chain wrench.

If you can find it, there's a drain cleaner called One Shot which is 90% sulphuric acid. I wouldn't be surprised if it's been taken off the market in certain places, what with all the acid attacks - if you get this on your skin you will be seriously hurt. It will likely get rid of your bathroom blockage, but you need to be very sure that your drains are PVC/ABS plastic as it will eat metal. Don't get any of it outside the sink as it'll rip the surface off ceramics as well as metal. Don't go plunging directly afterwards or you risk getting a melted face.

Even with that stuff, you'll likely find exactly the problem you've described: after a month the blockage will come back. The fact of the matter is that nothing in a bottle will ever compare to a professional drain cleaner with a rooter. Don't go with your regular plumber, go with the specialists.
>> No. 2599 Anonymous
7th September 2019
Saturday 11:42 am
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You'll likely find an old straw or something down there. Make sure you put a bucket or towel down to catch any fetid water that spills when you open it.

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>> No. 2581 Anonymous
26th August 2019
Monday 11:29 am
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I've just moved into a new flat which, unlike every other place I've ever lived, has a hot water heater tank. The problem is, the hot water is essentially a trickle. I can't see a pressure gauge on the tank, and have no idea what the two controls on the right do (though they do have pressure markings).

Where do I begin to rectify this problem?

Cheers lads.
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>> No. 2582 Anonymous
26th August 2019
Monday 4:31 pm
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>>2581
Don't mess about with pressure yet.

Is the pressure of the hot water a trickle everywhere in the house or just upstairs (if you have an upstairs)?

As a digression, how were you getting hot water elsewhere if not from the boiler? Central heating needs either a gas or ground source heat pump electric system.
>> No. 2583 Anonymous
26th August 2019
Monday 6:19 pm
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>>2582
It's the first time he's had a tank lad, not a boiler.
>> No. 2584 Anonymous
26th August 2019
Monday 6:21 pm
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>>2582
>Is the pressure of the hot water a trickle everywhere in the house or just upstairs (if you have an upstairs)?

Just one floor; everywhere. It takes over five minutes to fill the sink with hot water.

>As a digression, how were you getting hot water elsewhere if not from the boiler? Central heating needs either a gas or ground source heat pump electric system.

I'm not sure I understand the question. In my previous gaffs, it's been a gas-powered boiler that presents hot water on demand, and the same for the central heating system.

My current flat, however, has an (electrically, I suppose) heated hot water storage tank (as in the photo), and electric heater in each of the rooms. Not that they'll be needed, it's hotter than the surface of the sun in here. Top floor, innit.

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>> No. 2575 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 1:37 am
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how to make cat pen for cats?
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>> No. 2576 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 7:08 am
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They don't have opposable thumbs, so they won't be able to write much.
>> No. 2577 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 1:18 pm
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He'll have to hold it with his mouth.


>> No. 2578 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 1:27 pm
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>>2575
Cats don't write. They have human servants for that.
>> No. 2579 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 1:50 pm
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My cat's stolen my pen before. I assumed he just wanted to play with it.
>> No. 2580 Anonymous
9th August 2019
Friday 2:28 pm
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>>2579
Well in fact he was writing the first draft of his novel, and is now a published author.

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>> No. 2548 Anonymous
9th July 2019
Tuesday 1:20 pm
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I put in a new light (light A) by daisy-chaining it to the one in the next room (light B) but it's not working properly.

When light B is turned on light A goes off. Light B by itself works ok and light A works properly when light B is off.
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>> No. 2560 Anonymous
9th July 2019
Tuesday 4:42 pm
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>>2559

lies
>> No. 2561 Anonymous
9th July 2019
Tuesday 5:01 pm
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>>2560

Sorry.
>> No. 2572 Anonymous
29th July 2019
Monday 1:17 pm
2572 OP
Solved it now, I wired it into the to mains instead

It's a light in a little bike-shed in our porch where we have a motion sensitive light plugged into the mains. I used a junction box to wire both lights into the same plug.

The plug is fitted with a 3 amp fuse. Is that too much? Should I use a 1 amp?
>> No. 2573 Anonymous
29th July 2019
Monday 4:18 pm
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>>2572

A 100w bulb only draws about 400mA, so a 1A fuse is probably the best option.
>> No. 2574 Anonymous
29th July 2019
Monday 10:38 pm
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1A fuses are hold to get hold of in the size that will fit in a plug. Most of the 1A fuses you'll find for sale will be a smaller fitting that's usually used for shaver sockets.

3A is fine. It's there to protect the wiring not the bulb itself, and you almost certainly don't have 1A wires unless you've bought some dodgy lights off a chinese ebay seller.

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>> No. 2567 Anonymous
26th July 2019
Friday 12:24 pm
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I bought a knock-off electric knife sharpener and it fizzled out after 5 minutes of use.

A replacement motor is easy enough to find, but that plastic thingamabob attached to the old one is impossible to remove so I need to figure out a way to extend the shaft by a couple of inches and attach some sort of spindle to it. Any ideas?
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>> No. 2568 Anonymous
26th July 2019
Friday 12:31 pm
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Sugru is a good thing
>> No. 2569 Anonymous
29th July 2019
Monday 8:56 am
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>>2568
Would it fix my sleeper? Was holding my (ex-)barn up. New shed ahoy!

When you say that plastic thingy is impossible to remove, it's probably just pushed on and can be pulled off with a bit of levering between it and the motor.
If that's too hard, and you don't need it off in one piece, then fire is, as always, the answer. Or at least heat - soften it with a hot hairdryer or paint stripper, then pull it off.
>> No. 2570 Anonymous
29th July 2019
Monday 10:28 am
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>>2567
Are you rich or poor? I'm just wondering how I should categorise your plastic waste.
>> No. 2571 Anonymous
29th July 2019
Monday 11:40 am
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>>2570
Why don't you spend your brain energy wondering how to solve our climate crisis!

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>> No. 2562 Anonymous
13th July 2019
Saturday 1:07 pm
2562 Front door blunder
I've just fucked up my front door. UPVC jobbie, and it had fallen to the point that it no longer locked. No more adjustment, so I took the arrowed bit off (2 screws), filed it down a bit so it fits in the hole it should (which then enables all the claw locking gubbins).
Screwed it back in, door shut fine and it scnicked into place. Yay.
Fucking door won't fucking open now. The key moves the latch a bit but clearly not enough.
Fuckety-fuck, wat do. Also, how on earth can this happen? I'm assuming I didn't screw it in far enough, so it sticks out a little further than it did. Very hard to get tools into the gap to poke it in a bit, poxy security...
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>> No. 2563 Anonymous
13th July 2019
Saturday 1:13 pm
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>>2562
Give the bastard a good fucking shaking!
>> No. 2564 Anonymous
13th July 2019
Saturday 1:13 pm
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>>2562
Give the bastard a good fucking shaking!
>> No. 2565 Anonymous
13th July 2019
Saturday 1:20 pm
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That was plans 1 through 12.
Now doing bad things with various screwdrivers as prybars, having wound all the hinges to pull the door as far from the latch as possible.
Just need to get it unfucked before the Mrs comes home, It's far too hot for sarcasm...
>> No. 2566 Anonymous
13th July 2019
Saturday 1:44 pm
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>>2565
Fixed (well, opened, and closes again safely) with about two minutes to spare.
Cue 'why haven't you done other thing yet, I was expecting you to be half way done'.
Yeah, well...
Still, at least the door opens. Off to do other thing. In the foul humidity.

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>> No. 2541 Anonymous
6th July 2019
Saturday 11:44 am
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Doing up the bathroom which will involve changing the shower, tiles, flooring and basin unit but also ripping up the floorboards and changing the pipes.

Do I do the pipes first then the flooring, then the rest?
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>> No. 2543 Anonymous
6th July 2019
Saturday 1:15 pm
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>>2542

how to use common sense?
>> No. 2544 Anonymous
6th July 2019
Saturday 1:40 pm
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>>2543
get big brain

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 2545 Anonymous
6th July 2019
Saturday 2:50 pm
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>>2542
>>2543
>>2544
This website's going to the dogs for fuck sake.
>> No. 2546 Anonymous
6th July 2019
Saturday 3:13 pm
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>>2545
Revengelad has finally won.
>> No. 2547 Anonymous
7th July 2019
Sunday 1:41 pm
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Yes.

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>> No. 2529 Anonymous
5th July 2019
Friday 12:18 am
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how to make a white noise alarm clock?

i've got a little alarm like this and i want to hook up a small white noise generator to it instead of the buzzer

how to do this?

(A good day to you Sir!)
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>> No. 2536 Anonymous
5th July 2019
Friday 12:01 pm
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>>2534
Nice try, big-winder.
>> No. 2537 Anonymous
5th July 2019
Friday 12:23 pm
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>>2535
Point one of those dyson airblades at your face. That'd get anyone up.
>> No. 2538 Anonymous
5th July 2019
Friday 12:33 pm
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>>2537
Phwoar yeah it's high noon on my sundial IYKWIM
>> No. 2539 Anonymous
5th July 2019
Friday 2:20 pm
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>>2538

I know exactly what you mean. But I dont like it.
>> No. 2540 Anonymous
6th July 2019
Saturday 11:42 am
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The thing about insomnia is, you don't need an alarm clock.

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>> No. 2525 Anonymous
26th May 2019
Sunday 1:49 am
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40uCoIgxPC0
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>> No. 2526 Anonymous
26th May 2019
Sunday 8:14 am
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I'd pour his slab, IYKWIM
>> No. 2527 Anonymous
26th May 2019
Sunday 9:01 am
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>>2526
I don't know what you mean.
>> No. 2528 Anonymous
26th May 2019
Sunday 8:23 pm
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He had me going till the end there. Grade A jokester.

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>> No. 2507 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 3:10 pm
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how to get rid of unwanted soil?

i've been doing some gardening and i have about a dozen bucket's worth of top soil to get rid of.

i advertised it on freecycle but non-one wanted it so what can i do?

would it be safe to put it down the drain? i'd do it gradually and flush it through with plenty of water.
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>> No. 2520 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 8:05 pm
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>>2519

costs £35
>> No. 2521 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 8:06 pm
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>>2520
They'll probably waive that if you're on bennies.
>> No. 2522 Anonymous
18th May 2019
Saturday 8:18 pm
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Here's an idea:


>> No. 2523 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 4:39 pm
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it's all in the woods now
>> No. 2524 Anonymous
20th May 2019
Monday 4:49 pm
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OP was talking about dead bodies, bet yous all.

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>> No. 2503 Anonymous
22nd March 2019
Friday 5:39 pm
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Is it ok to use these flexible pipes to connect the mains water to a cold water tank in the loft?
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>> No. 2504 Anonymous
22nd March 2019
Friday 6:10 pm
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>>2503
Yes.
>> No. 2505 Anonymous
22nd March 2019
Friday 8:41 pm
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>>2504

sure?
>> No. 2506 Anonymous
23rd March 2019
Saturday 12:32 am
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>>2505

No, you should use straight PVCU pipes, using myriad elbow joints to create a climbing frame of pipework which will eventually fail and micturate upon your archive of Knave and Fiesta mags, soft lad.

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>> No. 2497 Anonymous
3rd March 2019
Sunday 7:12 pm
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Lads, what is the best product to use when sticking pictures and posters to walls? Something that ideally won't leave marks. I'm just thinking of finally doing a bit of light decorating in my tiny rented flat where a blank magnolia wall is a bit of an eyesore. The contract has that "any marks on the walls and we'll charge you for repainting" clause but I suspect these guys might actually enforce that.

I used to use white-tack but back when I was still a student I noticed it left marks. There's a range of competing alternatives but I noticed some variation in the reviews overall.
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>> No. 2498 Anonymous
3rd March 2019
Sunday 7:13 pm
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>> No. 2499 Anonymous
3rd March 2019
Sunday 7:38 pm
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>>2498
Seems a bit much doesn't it? I've got to one day get the posters down with damaging the underlying paintwork.
>> No. 2500 Anonymous
3rd March 2019
Sunday 7:59 pm
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>>2499
Paint the poster magnolia once you're done. Either that or stick a new and unblemished wall over the existing wall.
>> No. 2501 Anonymous
3rd March 2019
Sunday 8:00 pm
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Those command strip things you can get are really good. Except they cost a fortune.
>> No. 2502 Anonymous
3rd March 2019
Sunday 9:53 pm
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>>2501

Yep. They're the only thing that will reliably stick up a poster without damaging the paintwork.

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>> No. 2492 Anonymous
1st March 2019
Friday 8:29 pm
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I pretty much haven't touched my guitar in over ten years. I decided to try and get back into playing it again, but give it a bit of attention first, strip it down and clean and check everythings set right.

The neck was never quite right since I bought it, the fretboard was about half a mm higher at the 24th fret than where it met the body. I decided to take it off and refit it, I think the body hasn't been machined quite level, or probably just a chip of wood stuck in there.

Soooo... I unscrewed it, and well, the one screw just came straight out with no resistance at all. Pic related.
There's about quarter to half an inch of the screw left in the body, so I can't get the neck off. Bugger.

Anyone got any suggestions?
There's a few routes I can think of. I've got some crappy screw extractors, but with just a hand drill I think it'll be impossible to get it to bite into the broken surface of the screw. I could just drill it out, but I'd probably do a really good job of fucking the whole thing up completely.

I'm thinking of going out and buying a pillar drill instead, it'll be useful in future anyway. Anyone with a bit of experience in this matter able to give me some pointers about what's the best drill I can get for £100-300? Axminster seems to have some decent stuff.I'm expecting the cheap clarke and silverline type stuff at places like machinemart and toolstation to be crap. And a brand fartool crops up on ebay a lot which is still probably shite but maybe better value.
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>> No. 2493 Anonymous
1st March 2019
Friday 8:59 pm
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>Anyone got any suggestions?

It's not as big a worry as you might think. If you balls it up, you can just drill out a bigger hole and plug it with a dowel - that'd be the proper fix if the wood had stripped and the screw was no longer holding.

If you're going to have a go with the screw extractor, I'd suggest using a punch to make a small indent in the centre of the remaining screw, then a drill bit to make a small concave divot. This will give the extractor more surface to grip and stop it from wandering. Securely clamping the guitar body down will make the job far easier. If you're worried about slipping and damaging the guitar finish, you can make a protector by drilling an oversized hole in a piece of hardboard and holding it in place with masking tape.

>Anyone with a bit of experience in this matter able to give me some pointers about what's the best drill I can get for £100-300?

Axminster are usually a safe bet. Within that budget, I'd be inclined to get a second-hand machine. Good single-phase machines usually get snapped up quickly, but you can get a real bargain if you're willing to overlook a bit of surface rust.
>> No. 2494 Anonymous
2nd March 2019
Saturday 10:50 am
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Was the intonation and action alright to begin with?

You probably didn't actually need to go fucking around with it. Fretboards are designed to have a certain amount of tension/relief in order to account for the scale length, bridge height, all those sorts of things. It's not uncommon to have a slight gap at the neck joint.

Could be wrong but just my two penneth, whenever I've tried to "fix" something like that on one of my guitars I've usually just made it worse.
>> No. 2495 Anonymous
2nd March 2019
Saturday 11:09 am
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>>2494
The clearance issue caused the strings to rattle against the last fret, even though it came out of the factory with the last fret filed very low, and even after I backed the truss rod off more than I should need to.
When I bought it I didn't know enough to take it back to the shop, and by the time I learnt enough it was too late.
It's not a valuable enough guitar to worry about, they're less than £200 new, so I'm happy to fuck around with this.
It's been sat in a bag in a damp house for so long that the pickups have actually gone rusty.

>>2493
Thanks for the advice.
>> No. 2496 Anonymous
2nd March 2019
Saturday 12:00 pm
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>>2494

I think OP was probably moving in the right direction before the screw snapped. Most bolt-on guitars will end up with a shim in the neck pocket at some point to adjust the neck angle. Buzz only on the high frets even with the truss rod slack is a dead giveaway that the neck angle is wrong. Before CNC and micro-tilt adjusters came in, most Fender guitars were shimmed from the factory to fine-tune the neck angle; Taylor shim every guitar they build as a routine part of their neck angle setup.


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