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Old 06-17-2011, 06:42 PM   #1
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Does anyone use them? I've heard they supposedly save a lot of time (it was a master electrician telling me this), but I've never found any good use for them. They don't put things on with enough tightness for my liking, so I just carry my standard screwdrivers.

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Old 06-17-2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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I use mine all day long. Installing devices & cover plates, mostly. 90% faster.

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I think I bought one back in 1996 or 1997. I still haven't used it.
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They're also great for checking for obstructions when cutting in a box or remodel can.


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I think I bought one back in 1996 or 1997. I still haven't used it.
You need to actually do work in order to use one.
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They're also great for checking for obstructions when cutting in a box or remodel can.




You need to actually do work in order to use one.
Work? What's that?
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I'm actually thinking about posting a tutorial here on how to install an old work/cut in box without marking up the wall with a sharpie. The off-set screw driver is a very important part of this process.
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Work? What's that?
I'm not sure. I have a feeling I'm going to find out on Monday....
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.......... without marking up the wall with a sharpie. ..........
Does using a pencil count?



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What you do when you use a map and a shovel.
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Does using a pencil count?
There is never a reason to draw on the wall with anything when installing a cut in box.
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How does an offset screwdriver save time or help with a cut in box?


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There is never a reason to draw on the wall with anything when installing a cut in box.
Okay, I'll bite. What do you know that I don't? I've always located the studs, matched existing heights, unless in plaster and wood lathe, traced box, cut hole, installed box.
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How does an offset screwdriver save time or help with a cut in box?


lol....... Thats not what they are talking about
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That's a hacks' offset. This is a pro's:

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Okay, I'll bite. What do you know that I don't? I've always located the studs, matched existing heights, unless in plaster and wood lathe, traced box, cut hole, installed box.
He just holds the cut in box to the wall.. and kicks it into the wall like a boss.
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That's a hacks' offset. This is a pro's:

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There is never a reason to draw on the wall with anything when installing a cut in box.

Anyone can score the wall with a nail, screw, awl, drywall saw, utility knife, screwdriver, etc.
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Okay, I'll bite. What do you know that I don't? I've always located the studs, matched existing heights, unless in plaster and wood lathe, traced box, cut hole, installed box.
Why would you draw on the wall? Use an offset as Ken has posted and drill one little " hole in the wall. Spin that bitch around to find obstructions. Then from that little hole you saw horizontally in both directions checking the dimension with the box until your cool the do the same vertically. No marking required.
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He just holds the cut in box to the wall.. and kicks it into the wall like a boss.
Like a boss?

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That takes to much ****ing around. Find center of the box, put a hole to make sure youre not cutting into a stud, mark it and cut it, wire it up and gtfo.
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That takes to much ****ing around. Find center of the box, put a hole to make sure youre not cutting into a stud, mark it and cut it, wire it up and gtfo.
You live in a perfect world. Again, if you feel the need to draw on a wall to install a box, you won't be on my crew for very long. Just absolutely unnecessary.

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