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How to Install a Screw in Tight Spaces

By: Joe Truini


Sometimes, you have to install a screw in a location that’s too small for your hands to hold it in place.

A magnetic screwdriver is great for these applications but for brass or aluminum screws it’s no help.

Instead, try using a piece of plastic food wrap!

Push the screw into a piece of food wrap (10″ x 10″ or so) and then set the screw on the screwdriver.

Pull the plastic wrap back around the screwdriver to hold the screw in place while you tighten it up.

When you’re done, simply pull the plastic off of the screw.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    March 20th, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it! Please pass it on. 🙂

  • Barry Kratzer Says:
    March 18th, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Man, this is a fantastic tip. Thanks a bunch.

  • Peter Says:
    August 13th, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Very useful. Lateral thinking. Great tip!

  • - Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    used to use a little masking tape. very similar procedure. get screw started firmly, then pull screwdriver back (with attached tape) before fully tightening screw.

  • Official Comment:

    joe t. Says:
    November 20th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Hey RadLad, Glad you liked the tip for driving tiny screws. It’s not brain surgery, but often it’s the very simplest solutions that have the greatest impact. Thanks for writing and good luck!–JT

  • radlad Says:
    November 20th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve got these tiny screws for mounting my solid state hard drives – really a pita until I got your tip.

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How to Install a Screw in Tight Spaces