If you've ever been halfway through building a bookshelf or TV stand, only to realize you're one screw short of finishing the whole thing, first: I feel your pain. My sincerest apologies for the agony and mumble-cursing that undoubtedly ensued. Second: Tough DIY situations like that — whether you're building your beloved IKEA furniture or renovating your entire home — just got a whole lot less inconvenient thanks to Amazon. And they deserve a Meryl Streep-caliber round of applause.
The new Part Finder tool in the Amazon mobile app lets customers take photos of missing parts they need for their project, and it scans the e-commerce site for any matches. With just a few clicks, you can have it shipped to your door. In other words, the nightmare of returning that screw-less bookshelf in order to buy one with all the parts doesn't have to be your reality any longer.
Here's how the in-app tool works. I can say from experience that it's a lifesaver for anyone from amateur to expert DIYers:
Step 1: Download the Amazon app, open it, then click the camera icon in the upper right corner.
Step 2: Select the "Part Finder" button.
Step 3: Place the part you are looking for above a penny (without them touching) and start scan.
Step 4: Hold the phone steady for 3 seconds while it captures the item and determines its size.
Step 5: Select the part type (and head style, if it's a screw).
Step 6: Choose from the results it pulled up for you.
Step 7: If you can't find your part in the select results, click "See More" to search all of Amazon.
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