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#1 joecartoonfn

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 02:19 PM

I put this in hardware because it is the closest category I can think of for this problem. I was opening a Dell Inspiron 1526 to replace the CMOS battery. While putting it back together, I realized that the screws that hold the lcd screen in place had come out with the piece that they screw into (not sure what it is called). I have never encountered this problem before. Does anyone know what this piece is called so that I can further research what to do or has anyone ever encountered this problem and have any advice? I was wondering if you could glue the things back in but really not sure..



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 02:36 PM

It might be the hinge if it was the lcd assembly. Hinges can be replaced for relatively cheap. If you can take a picture and post that here, I can tell you for certain what the part is.


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 02:52 PM

If it is like a plastic collar that the screw went into you could probably crazy glue it.. Being careful not to over tighten the install.
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Posted 07 July 2014 - 03:09 PM

Yes it was the screw collar I believe. It came out with the screw still in it which is very puzzling. So you think crazy glue would be safe?



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 03:18 PM

Unfortunately that implies that screwpoint was under pressure .. Try to See which way it lines up. then glue it an wait a few hours for curing before screwing it back.
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Posted 07 July 2014 - 04:59 PM

How much crazy glue do you think is enough? I am very nervous about further messing anything up.



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 06:33 PM

Those are brass threaded insets into the plartic case.  If they get over tightened, they will be forced out of the plastic.  Try to un-thread it from the screw and put back in place if the plastic mount is still intact.  If the plastic is broken you can try to glue things back together but it never worked for me.  Order a replacement case,  top half only, not the bezel.



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 06:36 PM

The only glue I have ever had luck with when replacing the brass screw inserts was shoe goo. Strange I know! I have tried super glue, hot glue, epoxies and plastic glues. None of them ever held (epoxy wasn't bad it worked sometimes) but not if it was a hinge related screw. I figured if a glue worked on shoes that flex and bend all the time why not try it on a computer. The other better option mjd420nova already mentioned, replace the entire plastic piece.


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 10:57 AM

If those case parts are not available, a soldering iron, some scrap plastic might allow you to rebuild the mount.  The iron should only be hot enough to melt the plastic, not burn it.  A variac helps control the temp.



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 07:01 PM

Thanks for all the advice! I tried crazy glue and it really just made things worse. I ordered a new base and screws (because the screws wouldnt come out of the collars) so I'm guessin I'll have to move the motherboard from the original base over. I'll look and see if there is a youtube that shows how to do that. I'll report back how it goes, thanks!






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