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Questions pertaining to the (hand) tool used to turn screws.

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How can I turn these table leg attachment screws?

I bought a used table and the screws holding it together are of a kind that I've never seen before. Unfortunately, some of them are loose and I need to tighten them. They are impossible to turn with ...
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Would a low-powered cordless screwdriver be enough for installing (thin) floor boards?

I own a decent, powerful corded drill, but I've always been somewhat hesitant about cordless tools due to the potential lifespan of the batteries, and maybe also the bulkiness. (Case study: for our ...
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What's the correct way to think about wood's integrity when driving screws?

I've been reframing a closet door and have two studs that I've driven screws into and am now fastening sheets of drywall. I did this pretty haphazardly as a result of not having the correct tools ...
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Color-code Screwdriver Bits to size instead of type? [closed]

is there some manufacture that Color-code Screwdriver Bits to size instead of type ? my uncle is 87 years he can see its a torx but not if its T20 or T25, same whit phillips/pozi the most used ones ...
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Why can't I drive a 12'' screw into 6x6 landscape timber?

I bought a set of 12" screws to drive through two 6x6 landscape timbers. With my M18 Milwaukee Fuel impact driver I can start driving the screw, but it reaches to a point that I can't either ...
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How to unscrew this square screw?

I have this screw that looks square and I have many of them to unscrew I wonder if there is a tool that I can attach to my drill driver to unscrew them
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Tool Identification - screwdriver-like

I got this tool from my grandfather's house. It looks incomplete, like some parts are missing. The tool is simply a 1/8" steel rod about 7" long with one end flattened into a screwdriver ...
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T9 Torx Screw Thread diameter in Metric System [closed]

Helllo, I have to design a part that will have screws that can be taken apart with a T9 Torx Screwdriver. These are the screws that are taken apart first thing here. What is the thread diameter of ...
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What tool should I use to remove this screw in my miter saw motor housing?

I have a miter saw from the company "Elektra Beckum", which went out of business several years ago. The saw worked flawlessly until my house got flooded last summer. Now I had the time to ...
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Is there anything regular Torx bits can do that Security Torx bits cannot?

Is there anything a regular Torx bit can do that a Security Torx bit cannot? I am puzzled that many compact tool kits which appear to be designed with a lot of thought include both Torx and Security ...
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Can/Should I use Impact Driver to drill screws on brick walls?

I have been trying to find this answers, before I can buy the tool. I have had some bad experience with corded tools, and would like to go for a cordless/brushless drill/driver. Not interested in any ...
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How am I supposed to use double-ended driver bits in a magnetic extension?

My impact driver is probably my most used tool for home DIY tasks. I have a corresponding set of bits that are very useful. Two of them, however, are a bit confusing to me: They are double sided. If ...
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Adapter for 1/4" electric screwdriver to hold 3/8" bit

I have a screw driver that supports 1/4" bits. I also got a hole saw , but it's apparently 3/8" hex. Is there anything that can adapt one to another? I need to cut a few holes in very soft ...
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Can a simple cordless screwdriver have neither a clutch nor a variable speed?

For some time now my corded 3/8″ drill doubled as a screwdriver when I had too many screws ahead of me. This works just fine. I just needed to stop before a screw was seated, and used a manual ...
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Which Cordless Drill Setting should I use for Self Drilling Screws

I need to use self drilling screws shown below to attach something to a piece of metal. First time user of a cordless drill with so many settings. Do I use the drill setting at low speeds or the ...
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I need help identifying what type of screw head this is

Here is a picture of the screw that holds the caddy of my laptop's SSD in place. Can anyone tell me what type of screw that is? Is that a stripped Phillips head screw? Or is it something else? I ...
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What is the right tool for old, rusty, flat cross head bolts?

I'm trying to restore an old park bench, and I am struggling to unscrew the bolts. The heads have this wide (~12-14 mm) "flat cross" pattern that I have never seen before (see photo), and I ...
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Important features in electric screwdrivers for furniture dis/assembly [closed]

I decided that it's a good time to give myself the luxury of (dis)assembling furniture with an electric screwdriver. For the odd table or chair it's not a big deal, but for painting a room and moving ...
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Are the norms for cordless screwdriver charging stations?

So I found this cordless screwdriver at my house but there is no charger for it so I would like to buy a used one for it (it's very cheap so I also don't want to spend a lot of money to buy a new one)....
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How do I unscrew the backdoor of a Dell laptop [closed]

I have been trying to unscrew the backdoor of Inspiron 15R 5521 (purchased in 2013) with Phillips #1 Screwdriver Sunglasses screwdriver I unscrew Counter-clockwise but the screws just move. My ...
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What screwdriver I should use for this screw head?

I am trying to unscrew the screw head you see in the picture. It is from the kitchen faucet handle. From looking online, it is usually a hex screw head. I tried a hex-key wrench, it didn't work, and ...
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Are impact driver bits a different standard than screwdriver bits?

I bought a Milwaukee M4 cordless screwdriver (Milwaukee 2101-22) from Home Depot. Home Depot has plenty of Milwaukee screwdriver bits and I bought a set. The bits are too short. The head of the bit ...
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How do I get this shower head holder off the wall?

Please see images below. The whole unit is loose and needs tightening but I have no idea on how I remove it ? Can anyone help? I’ve inserted a screw driver into the small hole and was advised that ...
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How to remove cover/surrounding area of button

I want to replace the button encircled red But i don't know how to remove the cover/surrounding area Where should i insert my flat screw driver to remove the cover?
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What tool do I need to remove a round nut with slots in its face?

The crank shaft and axle are a single unit, so the whole thing needs to be removed. Diameter is approx. 50 mm and a spanner/wrench/screwdriver needs to be able to grip both notches and twist without ...
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Remove screwdriver tip from screw hole

Gonna be a weird one. I've tried to open up a Neato Robot Vacuum to fix a small problem and I've found myself in a doozy. Trying to unscrew it, the tip of the screwdriver must have been loose and fell ...
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How to unlock a jammed cam lock

I am trying to disassemble an IKEA desk, and need to get the cam locks off and out to take the desk apart. The issue is not prying them out, it's turning them to get them unlocked. Most of them ...
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4mm hex shank to 1/4" hex shank adapter [closed]

I have a screwdriver which uses interchangeable bits and a magnet to hold them in place. The screwdriver takes 4mm hex shank sized bits. It seems this shank size is really rare, because I can't find ...
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Safe to screw on a paper towel holder way above socket?

I'm probably overthinking it, but I'm trying to mount the SimpleHuman horizontal paper towel holder. It turns out that the best place for it is in the middle of the inner wall (5.1 inch wide) but ...
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What's gentler on screw heads: a regular screwdriver/drill, or an impact?

I'm going to be doing some screwing/unscrewing of screws that provide both a utilitarian and aesthetic function, so I'd like to protect the painted coating on the heads as best I can when I remove and ...
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Can "bending" screwdrivers really apply enough torque?

I was uncomfortably driving a screw to affix a ceiling lighting fixture - either with my knuckles grazing at the ceiling or angling the screwdriver and having it occasionally slip. So, somehow I got ...
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What's this bolt head type and how can I open it?

There is a bolt screwed inside a long hole: I don't know the bolt head type. Is there a trick to open it?
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Risk of overtorquing wood screws with T-handle screwdrivers?

The screws in question are 4.5 x 30mm A2 stainless steel hinge screws. As far as I can tell, they are good quality, branded (TIMco), double-countersunk, manufactured by thread rolling. Material is ...
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Is there a trick to make an electric screw driver with adjustable torque from a nonadjustable drill?

I have an electric drill without a feature to adjust its torque. Because too many bolts and screws to fasten as quickly as possible, I need an electric screwdriver. Using a screwdriver bit directly ...
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Hold a nut while unscrewing?

Im trying to take apart a metal desk, but Im stuck on one part. Theres one spot where the screw is visible, but the nut isn't accessible, so when I turn it, it just turns both. Ive tried moving other ...
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Will a hammer drill also fix screws?

I’ve just purchased my first home and have many improvements to make but seem to have way too many useless tools cluttering the garage and as they are outdated I’m looking to replace them for a multi ...
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Identify this screw head (was: Security Torx)

Am attempting to open an old device cover (an adapter) and it has these screws (please see attached image, sorry for the bad quality, I couldn't get better focus than this.) Would really appreciate ...
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How/why is a driver better at screws than a combi drill?

The first decent power tool I bought was a DeWalt combi drill. It's good but I know contractors always have dedicated tools and it seems other than convenience switching bits, a driver is just better ...
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Want to know how hex bit shank works and the history behind it's design

I have tried to search this in google but I haven't found a complete explanation, so I ask this here. I also have read other answers related with hex bit socket, but it still not satisfied. How the ...
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Do screwdrivers come in standard sizes?

I'm looking at getting a set of small Phillips head screw drivers for disassembling electronics, and I was wondering how the size of screwdrivers are measured? I know screws come in standard sizes (M1,...
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How to deal with Square Drive vs. Robertson Screws?

Although the terms "square drive" and "Robertson" are often treated as the same in catalogs, the difference (as I understand it) is that Robertson tools and screws have a slight taper to the square ...
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What is this driver-related attachment?

I have a hand driver set from iFixit. There's a part included that I can't identify, and because it's an older version of their set, isn't listed on the parts list for the product when I look it up ...
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What is the purpose of this inverted Philips head screwdriver bit?

I have a set of jewel screwdriver bits, for torx, Phillips, etc. However, there's one bit that looks like a Phillips head that's inverted or backwards, and I can't figure out its function. The bit is ...
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Hanging faux wood blinds- screw broken. Is there a tough screw I can use for a wall stud?

Job= I was trying to hang up some new faux wood 2" slat blinds. It's a double sized window, so I bought 2 blinds. I needed to install 4 brackets, with 2 in the center. I predrilled the holes as the ...
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Can I use Wiha "Micro Bit" bits with regular 1/8'' hex screwdriver?

Wiha says their micro bits are 4mm in diameter, and suggests to use special adapter for 1/4 screwdriver. Obviously these 4mm micro bits are smaller than 1/4 inch, but are they compatible with 1/8 hex ...
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Does this exist - 'screwdriver gun' with cartridge to automatically load new screws?

I'm looking to do some really repetitive assembly that involves screw-driving a ton of M2 screws over and over again into threaded holes to put two plastic pieces together. Because it's a high ...
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Should the bit in my impact driver have free play?

I bought a cheap impact driver and I noticed that the bit is moving inside the chuck, like back and forth. Is this normal, like part of the hammer mechanism, or should the bit stay fixed?
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Where to get the driver for these unusual Balthaup screws?

These unusual large screws are from a Balthaup (Germany) dining table, (My child's "CSI credit card" there for scale :) ) The table's around 12? yrs old. Any ideas??
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Recommendation for a light duty screwdriver with a precise clutch [closed]

I've scoured the web looking for info on a good light duty screwdriver with a precise clutch but I cant sift through all the bs. I have a Milwaukee fuel m12 drill/driver which is great for the ...
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How do I adapt my spiral ratcheting screwdriver to use with all bits?

I have a spiral ratcheting screwdriver like the one shown below. I want to adapt it to use with all kinds of bits. This basically means putting a 1/4" hex socket on the other end. Fig.1. Yankee ...
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