How to... newb

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firelegend
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How to... newb

Postby firelegend » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:16 pm

So I don't normally put things like this together. I was able to do the first few steps and get things attached but to tighten them how do you do it?? The screws are so tiny. I tried pressing my finger on the screw head as hard as I could and then turning the nut but it didn't tighten. Also anyone have a kit they recommend on amazon for tools to do this? I tried two tiny leatherman screwdrivers neither was small enough :(

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TomTheWhittler
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Re: How to... newb

Postby TomTheWhittler » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:27 pm

I think what you are looking for is called a "Jewelers Precision Screwdriver Set"
https://www.amazon.com/Stanley-66-039-J ... B00002X29G

Sometimes they are called just "Precision Screwdriver Set"
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-10-Piec ... e/50135070
http://www.acehardware.com/product/inde ... =104606386

or maybe "eyeglass screwdriver"
http://www.acehardware.com/product/inde ... Id=1265547
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Re: How to... newb

Postby TomTheWhittler » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:28 am

I am in the middle of my build. These parts are tiny. Having the right tools help. Suggest using a plastic coffee can lid , plastic shoe box lid or something along these line to corral the tiny screws.

Using a Craftsman 41676 PH000x40 Phillips screw driver from a set of Craftsman 12-pc Micro-tech Expert Screwdriver set #941670. It is working very well.
This is from a set I got 20 years ago. Sadly I can not find any current listings.

They look a little like this Ebay listing.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Precision-Screw ... 2052317985?

Kevin should have thrown a cheap Phillips Screwdriver and a miniature pliers into the kit.

I am using a Xcelite NN54 minature pliers like this listing. A bit pricey. I am sure there are cheaper knock offs.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Xcelite-Slim-Li ... 2452358133?
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Re: How to... newb

Postby Kevin » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:43 pm

I had pretty good luck with the little screwdriver included with standard eye glasses repair kits. Most of the stores around our area have them and they're fairly inexpensive.

Having some good narrow tweezers is a big help as well. They are kid of expensive for tweezers, but I'm a big fan of the Tweezerman brand. You can find them in the cosmetics section in most stores, as well as Amazon.

I use this set to hold the nuts in place - the wide jaw fits the flats of the nuts well...
https://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-Stain ... tweezerman

Then I use a narrow set like this to reach into narrow places (I also use these for doing small surface mount repairs on the boards)....
https://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-1300- ... erman&th=1

The nuts we received are smaller than I expected. They have the same thread size but they are thinner so the flats are smaller. When I first started building them I was a bit worried but once I installed a few of the screws it got easier. :D

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Re: How to... newb

Postby Nzboot » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:12 am

I found the best way is to get hold of some surgical forceps.
You can use them to lock all the nuts in both to get them started and also to tighten them.
Hope that helps my sprit is all made on my kitchen table.
He looks great
Good luck all

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sil
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Re: How to... newb

Postby sil » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:07 am

yep, clamping forceps to hold nuts and jewellers screwdriver to tighten screws.

I only have one arm to use and have mine mostly built so far using those two tools. work in a plastic tray of some sort a piece of electrical tape or blutak (the squishy stuff you hang paper on the wall with) to help hold screw in place fo me to turn over to place spacers and nuts as required. Once nuts take hold I clamp with forceps and turn over so I can tighten screw with screw driver. Works perfect. As instructions repeat: READ BEFORE doing ANYTHING and be PATIENT, if a one handed person can build this and you're failing maybe its not for you.

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