How to Install a Screw in Tight Spaces


Sometimes, you have to install a screw in a location that’s too small for your hands to hold it in place.

A magnetic screwdriver is great for these applications but for brass or aluminum screws it’s no help.

Instead, try using a piece of plastic food wrap!

Push the screw into a piece of food wrap (10″ x 10″ or so) and then set the screw on the screwdriver.

Pull the plastic wrap back around the screwdriver to hold the screw in place while you tighten it up.

When you’re done, simply pull the plastic off of the screw.


  1. Hey RadLad, Glad you liked the tip for driving tiny screws. It’s not brain surgery, but often it’s the very simplest solutions that have the greatest impact. Thanks for writing and good luck!–JT

  2. used to use a little masking tape. very similar procedure. get screw started firmly, then pull screwdriver back (with attached tape) before fully tightening screw.


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