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Dropped parts down screen door, need to get them out.

Dropped parts down screen door, need to get them out.

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Old 09-27-13, 08:41 PM
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Dropped parts down screen door, need to get them out.

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The door is a metal frame with some weird hex "type" screws (aren't really hex) that keep the frame together. The only way I can think of to get the stuff out of the door is to take the frame off and tilt it on it's side and hopefully there's nothing stopping the stuff from rolling out. Is that the only way you guys know of to do this besides taking the frame apart? I have some health problems so this is going to be a chore but if it's gotta get done then that's what I have to do. Just seeing if there's maybe a simpler way I haven't thought of. Thanks in advance!



Screen door that the item fell down into.
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The location the item fell down the hole in the door.
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Screw at the bottom that I'm not sure how to get out, I could open the door this way possibly to get the item out but I don't have that tool to do it.
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Old 09-27-13, 08:51 PM
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If the parts you dropped inside are steel you could try dropping a magnet on a string down the latch mortise or maybe try to use one of those telescoping magnets to try and retrieve what you dropped.

Tie the string around a nut, then put the magnet on the nut and lower it down. It won't stick to the door since the door is aluminum.
 
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Old 09-27-13, 08:58 PM
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I'll look around and see if I have a strong enough magnet. I probably only have fridge magnets which I doubt will be enough.
 
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Old 09-28-13, 03:36 AM
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It looks to be a Tek screw. If you can't retrieve it via XSleeper's method, you can leave it and buy another pack of screws at big orange. What does the screw go to? Do you have another to match it up with?
 
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Old 09-28-13, 06:38 AM
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The screws are just parts of the outside of the door I was looking at in order to take the door apart. The screws themselves aren't what fell down. Part of the door handle fell down the hole. The screws are just an issue because I don't know how to get them off but that's an option if i can find the tool possibly.
 
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Old 09-28-13, 12:44 PM
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What part fell down? Don't take the door apart. If you can't retrieve it by using a magnet, as described by XSleeper, You may have to remove the hinge side of the door from the brick mold and turn the door on its side to shake it out. If you can identify the part, HD usually carries grab boxes of parts in their door section and they will probably give you what you need.
 
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