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Old 06-21-2009, 10:57 PM   #1
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I see a lot of people with these screwdrivers in their tool bags. Especially in the tool bag photos thread. Where do you use them and for what? Is it something you really need in your toolbag??? Just wondering

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Old 06-21-2009, 11:06 PM   #2
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I use a flat head for putting plates on.
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Wall plate screws and probing inside a wall for framing members.
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yes.. installing plate screws is very labor intensive. Those 6/32 x 1/4 inch are a real back breaker and need a special tool
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yes.. installing plate screws is very labor intensive. Those 6/32 x 1/4 inch are a real back breaker and need a special tool
Don't knock it till you try it. It does speed up plate installation.
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yes.. installing plate screws is very labor intensive. Those 6/32 x 1/4 inch are a real back breaker and need a special tool
So, save your six bucks and don't buy one. I like mine.
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Don't knock it till you try it. It does speed up plate installation.
Which is the basic selling point to practically every new tool developed, not to mention most of the product we encounter. It's a damned race to the bottom.
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Don't knock it till you try it. It does speed up plate installation.
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they are great for removal and installation of wall plates.
They really come inhandy when you are working on a slum with bad bugs
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its a speed driver. its awesome. i use them a lot for server screws on racks
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besides putting in devices and plates,,if you were gonna add a 6 in can in a ceiling simply poke it through the sheet rock where the center of the can would be and turn it around placing the handle horizontal,,if it clears then so will a 6 in remodel can..its also great when looking for covered up plugs
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its a speed driver. its awesome. i use them a lot for server screws on racks

Any screw that needs several turns to be run in like 6-32 device screws that you don't have to apply much torque on, they are time savers and the battery never gets low.
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Which is the basic selling point to practically every new tool developed, not to mention most of the product we encounter. It's a damned race to the bottom.
yep, much better to pay a guy $80/hr total package to spend longer installing the screw, then go out on disability because of carpal tunnel and an injured wrist...

much better plan...
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yep, much better to pay a guy $80/hr total package to spend longer installing the screw, then go out on disability because of carpal tunnel and an injured wrist...

much better plan...
Are union workers banned from using cordless screwdrivers to install switches and outlets??
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yep, much better to pay a guy $80/hr total package to spend longer installing the screw, then go out on disability because of carpal tunnel and an injured wrist...

much better plan...
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Just like any other time of the day. Heard he went to a brothel out in Vegas and right before he paid he was asking to see the manager for a refund, said it wasn't a professional job so he wanted to pay the amature hourly rate.
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Just like any other time of the day. Heard he went to a brothel out in Vegas and right before he paid he was asking to see the manager for a refund, said it wasn't a professional job so he wanted to pay the amature hourly rate.
swear to god...she gave the money back
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I see a lot of people with these screwdrivers in their tool bags. Especially in the tool bag photos thread. Where do you use them and for what? Is it something you really need in your toolbag??? Just wondering

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The “point” of the screwdriver is the narrow end and the handle is the fat end. I hope this clears it up for you.
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Are union workers banned from using cordless screwdrivers to install switches and outlets??
Any workers for that matter? I have a screwdriver with planetary gears that weighs a little less than my small cordless driver. Let the battery do the work far as I'm concerned.
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I had some but I use a cordless driver now.... also use the cordless for nutdrivers too. I have some speed drivers 1/2" too but never use them anymore. I guess it is a cordless world or will soon be. There's nothing wrong with this type screwdriver.... my dad always used a Yankee to drive screws.
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