Questions tagged [screwdriver]

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

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How can I remove a really stuck screw?

I often come across screws that just won't budge with a manual screwdriver or even a driver bit in a drill. They are of different screw types and heads in a variety of different materials. What are ...
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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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Why does my drill bit destroy the screw head?

I have a craftsman drill which I use for drilling. When I use a screwdriver head to fix screws in drywall or wood, it keeps on destroying the head of the screw. So much so that the screw head is ...
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How do I unscrew a hex screw that doesn't have any grip anymore? [duplicate]

I messed up the screw that fits this tip of this particular type of screwdriver bit (circled in red): That screw now has almost no edges and is basically oval. I tried lubricating the screw so that I ...
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Need more torque for driving screws

I put up some shelves at the weekend, and had a tough time driving the screws into the wall plugs (drilled a 6 mm hole in the masonry, then used brown wall plugs and #8 screws). I got there in the end,...
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How to choose the correct bit for a screwdriver

I'm constantly using a screw driver for small electronics and around the house, but I find that multiple bits seem to work. Of course, something bigger or something small requires diferrent amounts of ...
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Will I damage a cordless drill/screwdriver if I “over-torque” it?

I own a Bosch GSR cordless screwdriver/drill. This drill automatically locks the spindle so that it can be used as a passive screwdriver, e.g. if the battery is empty (that's what the manual says). ...
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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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How do I get this rusted screw out? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I remove a really stuck screw? I have to return my license plates to DMV by Friday (they expire!), and am finding it next-to-impossible to get them off my car! First I ...
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Why use a screwdriver when we have drill/drivers now?

I'm wondering when should we choose a screwdriver. Can it be used to put screws in wood, concrete or metal without drilling a hole? If we need to drill a pilot hole anyway, why don't we just use ...
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What ikea screwdriver type is this?

I am trying to disassemble by bedframe and the Screwdriver that I have seems too loose. Where can I find a screwdriver to do this?
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How is a Phillips screwdriver size determined?

I have two different sized Phillips screwdrivers that both say they are 00 sized (click here for full-sized image): The green screwdriver came from an iPhone 3/4 disassembly kit, and on the package ...
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How do I remove this type of screw/nail (Cadet Heater FWC wall can)

I am a newbie. I want to remove Cadet Heater wall can and patch up the drywall but it appears that the wall can is secured by 4 round flat screws on the side. I tried pliers but it's small and round ...
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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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How do I choose more durable screwdriver bits?

I recently bought a $35 cordless screwdriver that came in a suitcase with screwdriver bits. I was in shock when the Pozidriv bit splintered after screwing only 3 1-inch screws in the leg of an ...
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What is the Philips screw naming convention (Mn)? What is 2 in M2?

I want to order screws like the one I have. The diameter of the threaded portion is 2mm. The length of the threaded portion is 8mm. The screws are listed as Mn (where n is 1.6,2,2.5...) on various ...
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How can I remove this screw?

Any one know how to open this screw? Tried pliers but no avail and standard box of security screwdrivers couldnt open it. Here are some more photos
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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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A screw driver tip that won't hurt painted screws?

Is there such thing as a soft tip screw driver that won't hurt painted screw tips?
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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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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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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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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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Ho do I fix a cordless screwdriver locked in “over-torque” mode?

I have a 4V Li-ion Screwdriver by Master Mechanic and it's been super handy for the past 5 years. Recently, I've been having problems where it occasionally stops rotating properly when I press the ...
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How to unscrew this uncommon type of screw?

The staircase light next to my flat broke down and I would like to fix it. The ceiling lamp is pictured below: I have a problem with unscrewing the screw. The screw is of rather peculiar shape with a ...
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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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What tool(s) should I use to make a hole in a wall and then put a screw in?

I am doing some work in the kitchen and have purchased a metal bar to which I'm planning to hang some utensils. To mount the metal bar, I am required to make some holes on my kitchen wall and put some ...
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Building a well-rounded set of bits

First and foremost, please my ignorance as I'm new to the whole DIY thing. I bought a cheap set of drill bits, munched through them like butter, and so have now decided to make the investment into a ...
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Cheap solution to unscrew and screw back a refillable lighter valve (to clean a lighter) [closed]

Here is the valve that need to be unscrewed: the lighter: I have seen some expensive solution, and I'm not even sure they would fit since those valve and removal tool might not be standard. I have ...
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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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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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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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Any hand drill device that can accept any kind screw drivers tools

From my knowledge, a hand drill looks something like the following: Usually, this kind of hand drill allows one to change drill bit. However, I would like to know if there is some tool that look ...
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Should a power drill or impact driver be used to drive screws?

Pretty straight-forward. I thought it was absolutely normal and acceptable to use a power drill, with the appropriate bit(s), to drive a screw. However, there seem to be various opinions on the matter....
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What kind of screwdrivers can unscrew these screws?

I have used this laptop fan cooler pad for almost two years: Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Ultra-Slim Laptop Cooling Pad with 160mm Fan (R9-NBC-XSLI-GP) https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005C31HC0? ...
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Which tools to use for changing locks?

I am new Home owner. I want to change locks and do it myself. I have never used a screwdriver set before and do not own one. If anyone can recommend what tools I will need to change the locks. ...
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Can you use a power drill with the exchangeable screwdriver bits on a manual screwdriver?

If not, what is the difference between a screwdriver bit that is designed for a power tool versus the ones that come with a multi-bit screw driver set like these: http://www.homedepot.com/b/Tools-...
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Is my impact driver normal?

I recently purchased a reconditioned impact driver from Bosch and everything is good except one bothering thing. When I try to countersink a screw, the clutch kicks in right before the screw head ...
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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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What does R0/R1/R2/R3 stand for when referring to Robertson square screwdriver?

I cannot find anywhere on the net what do these R0, R1, ... markings mean, sometimes they're referred as sizes, but then the detailed dimensions of an R1 and R2 screwdriver are listed as exactly the ...
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How to repair peeling corner bead?

I have this corner bead peeling. How do I fix it in place? Do I drill a hole and anchor it with a screw? This is inside the garage by the way.
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Open appliance which has a flat round disk as a screw head, no recess at all

I bought a 6 way with switches and a 4 way gang extension leads. I bought them online and I found them being closed by these screws with a flat round disk as a head. Now understanding the meaning of "...
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What type of tool do I need to remove this screw?

As the title says. I need to remove this type of screw, but don't know what tool to use. Does anyone know where can I get the screwdriver for this?
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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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How is this screw head called? [duplicate]

I want to disassemble a broken hair dryer (just to see what's inside), but I just found out it uses a weird tamper-proof screw I had never seen in my life. Trying to google for it doesn't help much; I ...
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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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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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Bit holder or hex chuck?

A novice DIY-er, I'm building out my arsenal of tools. One of the things that has been possible me is the bit holder vs the hex chuck. When buying bits, so far I've gone for the Irwin impact-ready ...
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Unscrew a screw in a hole

There is a screw in a hole in my laptop. I fail to unscrew it with a screw driver. How can I unscrew it? The end of the handle of the screwdriver is loose, and what is the looseness supposed to be ...
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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 ...