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Old 07-26-2015, 02:14 PM   #1
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Ok, Ok you guys have convinced me I need a better screwdriver than my Southwire 9-in-1... (getting tired of bits falling out and soft metal bits)

Wish there were a less expensive Insulated screwdriver.... I would LIKE a ratcheting one, but can live without that feature... the ratcheting or removal blades make some of these EXPENSIVE !

Since I -ONLY- need to open dead fronts for inspections, I am looking for something with a Good flat, a Philips, a Plus/Minus and a Roberston in the middle of a Flat. Would LIKE nut drivers for HVAC cabinets, but I can keep my Southwire for those...

So Far I have looked at Milwaukee, Wiha, Wera and Bahco (Snap on)....

They all look nice, and expensive, but I will accept that for safety...

Any comments on other alternatives, or sales on combo's with less blades.

I would LIKE a ratcheting one, but can live without that feature...especially since that triples the price...
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I thought this forum was for electricians.
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Says the guy in favor of no licensing.....
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I have posted to this forum many times, and gotten good feedback (and some flames) on descriptions, faults, wording and the like as my reports are often used to hire an electrician and to direct them as to what needs addressing..

In one of my recent posts someone remarked that my 9-in-1 was a possible hazard and suggested I look at better tools... I listen so I am following up on that suggestion.
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Hey, even -I- am in favor of licensing... and continuing education requirements. Too many "professionals" out there have been doing the same thing (wrong) for the past 15 years or more and have no idea of the new rules, guidelines, or new products.

I just went through a certificate class (5 credits) for the 2014 NEC changes, and I don't need them, but want to learn and understand more (Jade Learning) Wonder when I will start seeing the changes in the field as many of my counties are slow to adopt the new codes (Or insist on modifying them)
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You don't believe in rules except when they suit you. Interesting.
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I have posted to this forum many times, and gotten good feedback (and some flames) on descriptions, faults, wording and the like as my reports are often used to hire an electrician and to direct them as to what needs addressing..

In one of my recent posts someone remarked that my 9-in-1 was a possible hazard and suggested I look at better tools... I listen so I am following up on that suggestion.
Bob, most of us understand why you're here. You take your job seriously and work with us not against us. That's probably why the mods look the other way when you post on this site.

You can't go wrong with the Picquic. Or a Klein 11 in one if you want common nutdrivers. Or get one of these:
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You're not an HI so why does this bother you? Why are you sticking your nose in someone else's business? Live and let live, dude.
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You're not an HI so why does this bother you? Why are you sticking your nose in someone else's business? Live and let live, dude.

IMO home inspectors aren't electrical professions or part of the electrical industry. That being said I don't care what he posts since I don't read his silly threads about what ppe and screwdrivers are best for taking off loadcenter covers.


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Is the Picquic an insulated screwdriver? I am pretty sure the Klien 11-in-1 isn't. I have several X-in-1's and they all have the same issues, non-insulated (yea I know 33-tape) and bits that can fall out at inopportune times. Also, most of the bits are cheap metal. The klien might be a bit better.

My "concern" is that the panel box becomes hot as I am removing the dead front... considering some of the panels I have seen, I am surprised I haven't been bitten already (knock wood fast) I am hoping to limit that to a buzz, a minor ouch, or a warning bite, nothing more. But not a Flash caused by a bit falling out and onto something interesting at the wrong time..

So far, the only thing that has tried to bite me was a GFCI outlet that blew up as I pressed the test button...nice burn on the tip of my finger right where I type... not bad for 14 years...Oh yea...and "Hot" wet drywall for a DW screw into NM that didn't pull enough to trip the breaker but gave a nice buzz when you brushed against the wall...
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If you want an insulated shaft, buy yourself a nice set of insulated Wera drivers.
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how about a Dewalt cordless driver or screwdriver.

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I have a few basic rules I live buy my dad passed this gem on years ago and I didn't always follow it only to wish I had : never buy cheap paint, cheap tires or cheap booze..... There now you have three gems 😏
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I do not use a all in one anything. I carry Pelican gag with a selection of screw drivers.

A lot of my work is inspections, all commercials but the intent is the same, I should carry a battery drill (and sometimes do.

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Hey, even -I- am in favor of licensing... and continuing education requirements. Too many "professionals" out there have been doing the same thing (wrong) for the past 15 years or more and have no idea of....
So what's your opinion of real estate agents?

They're pretty low in my book: right below those pesky personal trainers at the gym always harassing you to build up their client base, but still above people who work at mall kiosks.
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So what's your opinion of real estate agents?

They're pretty low in my book: right below those pesky
You should go shopping for a truck.

Well if you do don't give them your phone number. They are for sure the bottom feeders of the world. Well maybe lawyers and politicians are.

Bob... go to a tool store and buy a few drivers...



Toss the multi in one stuff. Myself if I was taking covers off all day I'd be using a power screwdriver.
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