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Awkwardly situated screws

I find a bit of Blu-Tack or similar - (chewing gum works fine) placed into the slot or X of a screw (especially brass ones where a magnetic screw driver won't work) or sometimes stuck onto the end of the screwdriver, helps when re-assembling anything where it isn't possible to hold or guide the screw by other means. Furthermore if it doesn't come away with the screwdriver it's there for next time and no real loss.

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