Over the years I have been in the repair business, I have found there is only one way to organise your screws! Use a PILL POT!
What is a pill pot? These are plastic pots designed for holding medication i.e. pills and tablets. That typically have re-sealable clip-shut compartments have have the days of the week printed on each compartment i.e. 7 compartments (M,T,W,T,F,S,S) with a clip lock lid. Some even have AM, PM compartments (giving you 14, 21 or even 28 compartments!).
(Tip, with a permanent marker; write 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12… etc on the 28 compartment pots, so you have the correct order every time).
Whenever I strip down a laptop (or desktop) I use a set procedure what myself and all my staff follows.
M – Bottom Case Screws
T – Hard Drive Caddy Screws & DVD Drive Screws
W – Screen Bezel Screws
T – LCD Screen Screws
F – Palmrest Plastics Screws
S – Under Keyboard Screws
S – Motherboard Screws
Pros of using a Pill Pot for organise screws
Using a Pill Pot to organise your screws means you have all the screws together and in the correct order for reassembly.
- I (or anyone else) have an accurate screw map and the correct order of the screws starting from the bottom (Sunday) and work backwards in the exact reverse order
- You will always use the correct screws for reassembly, not slightly larger ones (that can cause damage when screwing them back in if they are too long!).
- You can keep the screws with the repair at all times (don’t lose the screw pot!).
- Much better than screws put into a bag or a single compartment unorganised.
- Better than using a magnetic mat as you cannot lose screws or accidentally knock them off your workbench. Magnetic mats are great but DO NOT place hard drives or components onto the mats as the magnetic mat can damage the components!