Tip: How I avoid losing screws when fixing computers

I replaced the screen on Jane’s netbook today after a little accident. Sometimes the screws from a little task like this get chucked in a bowl or left lying on the desk, but today I realised a much better way of keeping track of them all.

I cut a strip of wide masking tape and folded it over so the ends stuck onto my desk. Every screw I took out was stuck on the tape, grouped by when (and where) they were taken from on the laptop screen. I disassembled left to right, and assembling right to left was dead easy! The low tack of the masking tape leaves no residue on the parts and they’re not stuck down too much.

(sorry about the fuzzy photo, all I had to hand was my phone! I hope you get the idea anyway.)