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Magnetize your screwdriver

Here's a simple tip on how to keep from dropping those small or any screw that is in a tight place as you remove it.

Take any kitchen magnet that you have on the fridge and remove the little dot magnet off of the back. Place the magnet up close to the handle of the screwdriver and there you have it. It'll be strong enough to hold the small screw to the screwdriver so you can remove it without dropping it!

You can buy the magnet(s) from the Dollar Store or anywhere else....or pick some up from a yard/garage sale...such as the kids little alphabet letters with the small dot magnet on it.

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How do I change the battery in my Casio F-105


When I didn't see an answer, I tried it anyway since I already had the battery and little to lose. Undo the 4 small screws holding the back on (careful - don't drop them). Be careful to keep the small rubber gasket around the edge in its grooves. Do not take the workings out of the watch. There is a small silver arm running across the back over to a cream colored plastic piece with 3 grooves in it. Pieces of the arm are in the outer 2 grooves. Use something small to pry open the arm using the middle groove . Peel it back just a little and replace the battery. The watch should now be working. Snap the arm back in place, be sure the gasket is in place, put the back on,
and screw in the screws. Simple when it works.

Jun 19, 2011 | Casio Watches

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SIlly question - on a 1994 toyota pick-up, V-6 auto, 2-wd, how do you change a front running-light bulb? Does the whole front grill have to be removed? I remove the two phillips-head screws on the side, but it sees like the grill needs to be released to get access to the back of the fixture...


This is for the sealed beam type. If you have a different type, let me know and I will get those instructions for you.


REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

Sealed Beams
See Figures 1 through 5

CAUTION Most headlight retaining rings and trim bezels have very sharp edges. Wear gloves. Never pry or push on a headlamp; it can shatter suddenly.

  1. Make sure the headlight switch is in the off position.
  2. Loosen the parking and side turn signal unit retaining screws. Then remove the units unplugging the connectors.



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Fig. Fig. 1: After removing the parking lamp screws, push on the grille clips to release the grille from the truck

  1. Next, open the hood to gain access to the grille clips. Using a flat-bladded tool, push on the clips to release them and the grille.



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the grille from the truck and set aside

  1. The sealed beam is held in place by a retainer and either 2 or 4 small screws. Identify these screws before applying any tools.DO NOT confuse the small retaining screws with the larger aiming screws. There will be two aiming screws or adjustors for each lamp. (One adjustor controls the up/down motion and the other controls the left/right motion.) Identify the adjustors and avoid them during removal. If they are not disturbed, the new headlamp will be in identical aim to the old one.



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the headlight bezel which is secured by screws

  1. Using a small screwdriver (preferably magnetic) and a pair of taper-nose pliers if necessary, remove the small screws in the headlamp retainer. DON'T drop the screws; they vanish into unknown locations.



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Fig. Fig. 4: Be careful when removing the headlight bezels, they can be sharp
A good kitchen or household magnet placed on the shank of the screwdriver will provide enough grip to hold the screw during removal.

  1. Remove the retainer and the headlamp may be gently pulled free from its mounts. Detach the connector from the back of the sealed beam unit and remove the unit from the car.



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Fig. Fig. 5: Pull the light out, then unplug the wiring harness from behind it

CAUTION The retainers can have very sharp edges. Wear gloves.
To install:

  1. Place the new headlamp in position and connect the wiring harness. Remember to install the rubber boot on the back of the new lamp; its a water seal. Make sure the headlight is right-side up.
  2. Have an assistant turn on the headlights and check the new lamp for proper function, checking both high and low beams before final assembly.
  3. Install the retainer and the small screws that hold it.
  4. Reinstall the headlight bezel and/or grille.

May 08, 2011 | 1994 Toyota Pickup

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my philips dvdr3510v player is not opening tray its saying blocked how do i solve the problem


This seems to be a manufacturing problem. When the disk is loaded it is centered on a spindle and to make sure that centering succeeds a magnet mounted to a small white rotating plastic piece on the top of the DVD drive. The magnet seems to bee too strong on my machine so the spindle isn't able to disengage when trying to open the tray. The result is blocking. It is of course possible that the electric motor moving the tray and the spindle movement is too weak. Anyhow this is how I solved the problem on my Philips Video/DVS DVDR3510V:
1) Disconnect the device from mains power.
2) Unscrew the eight screws holding the top in place.
3) Unscew four black screws keeping the DVD unit fixed to the main body.
4) Carefully drag the DVD slightly back which allows you to rotate it to point sideways (this allows simpler testing of the mechanical working).
5) Unscew the two blank screws keeping the front half of the top of the DVD unit in place.
6) Using a small screw driver carefully bend the clips to allow the top plate to be removed.
7) Connect the mains power and don't ouch anything inside.
8) After startup try Eject/Load several times to ensure that the DVD unit is mechanically working OK. If the Eject/Load doesnt work with the top off there is no use going further.
9) Disconnect mains power.
10) Use a small felt tipped pen to mark the face of the small metallic (magnet) part in the center of the white movable component fixed to the top.
11) Using a small flat screw driver carefully open the clips holding the two halves of the white component together. Careful! The clips may break easily.
12) Cut small pieces of tape (or use thick drawing paper). The idea is to lift the magnet slightly upwards. We thus use tape or paper as shims. Notice that a hole is needed in the center.
13) When the shims are in place put the magnet back oriented correctly (if you didn't mark it test it against the spindle rotating the disk. The correct orientation is where the magnetic force is strong.
14) Mount the halves back into the hole in the top component and align the clips. Then press the halves together until the clips connect.
15) Put the top component back and clip it into place. No need to screw in the screws yet.
16) Connect mains power, don't touch anything inside.
17) Check that the tray now opens both with a disk and when empty. Check that a DVD is recognized correctly (too little pressure leads to disk loading failure).
18) If the DVD unit now works assemble it and you are done.

The first picture shows the white round plastic part that is modified on the left hand side of picture.
The second picture shows an additional support I glued to the top with super glue because the top is fairly flexible. Initially I thought this was the reason why the spindle got stuck. I think the extra support is unnecessary but i didn't bother with removing it.
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Dec 29, 2010 | Cameras

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Rearview Mirror looseness


Note: You may want to remove the mirror from the windshield first to make the following steps easier. It's not necessary, but it's up to you. If so, pry off the plastic cover at the top of the mirror stalk, disconnect the power cord, and then pull the mirror downwards and parallel to the windshield to remove it.

Method 1: On the back side of the mirror below the ball joint, there is a small round cover. Insert a sharp blade tip at the top of the cover and carefully pry it out. Underneath is the tip of the tension screw. It has a slot in the end of it that can be tightened with a small flat-blade screwdriver. Carefully replace the cover, inserting the bottom tab first, then snap in the top. If the mirror is still not tight enough, go to Method 2.

Method 2: Carefully pry off the rim bezel of the mirror, starting in the middle of the seam on the bottom, working your way around the edge. The bezel will pop off when you get past one of the ends. I used a pair of heavy guitar picks to keep the latches from snapping back into place as I progressed. Once the bezel falls off, the mirror assembly will dangle from the power cord. The Phillips tension screw is in the center bottom of the case; tighten it to suit, and make certain that the four bracket mounting screws around it are all tight, too. Then place the mirror assembly back in place and snap the bezel back into place, starting at the top.

Sep 10, 2008 | Hyundai Motor 2003 XG350

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