- Amazon's iPhone app can scan physical fasteners like screws and nuts and search for them on the site.
- The service is called "Part Finder" and it helps you search for replacement parts for things around the house.
- Make sure you have a penny and a white background for the scan.
If you're the type of person who spends weekends fixing and repairing things around the house, you know what it's like when you're missing a couple screws that are critical to getting a job done.
Maybe you have an old chair with rusted screws that you'd like to refinish, for example. Or maybe you accidentally stripped a screw for a futon you're trying to put back together. Normally, you'd have to take that part — a screw, a washer or a bolt — to a place like Lowe's or Home Depot and try to find one that's the exact same size.
Here's how to use Amazon's new tool:
Now line up the part you're trying to find on a white sheet of paper next to a penny (this helps Amazon determine the size of the part.)
I think most people may still find it more useful to walk to a supplies store, especially if they're a little uncertain with Amazon's results or need something in a hurry.
But, if you live way outside the city or if you have a pretty good idea of what you need, Amazon's new part finder can be a useful tool for finding the right replacement parts. For now, it's limited to fasteners like bolts, nuts, screws and washers.