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Stripped screw on my phantom 2 top shell, how to get off?

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Help' started by helishmeli, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. helishmeli

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    The phantom 2 top shell has a stripped screw; the threads are fine the philips head is stripped so it almost resembles a circle instead of the phillips head cross. My link below shows an example.

    Anyone know how to go about this without cracking the shell? I need to remove my top shell to hide some wires.

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/attachment ... 2becy3.jpg
     
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    Re: Stripped screw on my phantom 2 top shell, how to get off

    I had a similar problem way back - I tried a range of small torx-type drivers (the 6 pointed star type) until I found one that managed to grip the stripped head enough to be able to loosen it. Then I was able to use a small flat blade to unscrew it enough to get fingers on it. You might try a small flat blade if you don't have any torx to hand. You can also get specific screw extractor bits which look a bit like a torx. Other methods include putting a bit of masking tape over the stripped screw (sticky down) to see if that will "fill in the gaps" for a standard phillips driver, or use a piece of thin fabric to give the same effect.

    Now I nip those screws at the end of the motor arms only just tight and no further, and make sure I've got a good quality 0 or 1 size screwdriver for them. Good luck!
     
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    Re: Stripped screw on my phantom 2 top shell, how to get off

    I have never heard of a screw extracter bit, thanks for letting me know as I am going to check that out. I wonder if it will crack the plastic of the top shell since you have to use a drill (right?). I will also try the electrical tape method first, thank you.

    So you got yours out using a torx at first, then flathead, then fingers. I have a torx but it is way too small (I actually use it to change dip switches on my video Tx). I also tried the flathead method and felt the most grip using that, but I could not get enough torque on it to rotate the screw.

    I am posting a picture below of the screw.
     
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    Re: Stripped screw on my phantom 2 top shell, how to get off

    If you can get some grip but just not enough then try the masking tape or thin cloth technique...
     
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    Re: Stripped screw on my phantom 2 top shell, how to get off

    Here is a picture, I really messed up this screw. I actually have managed to strip another screw, I am pretty sure I was using the included green screwdriver phillips head so I do not know why these screws strip so easily assuming that DJI gave me the right size screwdriver.

    http://imgur.com/i0u5tbf
     
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    Re: Stripped screw on my phantom 2 top shell, how to get off

    I don't use that one. I use a higher quality 0 size one which is nice and sharp...
     
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    I too once stripped that screw! They are so incredibly soft!

    I had to take a fine metal file and filed a transverse depression across the screw head, enough for a flat-head screw driver to get into and then removed it!

    Since then, I keep a few spare screws around!
     
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    I don't either. Weird that the screwdriver they give you doesn't work. Found that out a few weeks ago when I moved the Zenmuse anti-interference board inside the shell. Tried that screwdriver, almost stripped it. I have a set of small Philips and flathead screwdrivers that worked fine.
     
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    Could you superglue something to head of screw?