Tool Hound Favorites: Screw-Holding Screwdrivercomments (2) July 14th, 2011 in Blogs
"One measure of how important I consider a tool is how much time I’m willing to spend looking for it when it’s not in its box. So you can bet that when it comes time to install electrical outlet switch and cover plates, I’ll search high and low for my split-blade screwdriver. This dinosaur of a tool is just what I need to deal with the relic of the fastener world: the slotted screw.
The shaft of this screwdriver is split lengthwise, and the two halves are held together in a movable tube. Slide the tube forward and the screwdriver’s two-piece tip expands outward, gripping the sides of a slotted-screw’s slot. It actually works, and makes targeting switch-plate screw holes almost fun." - Charles Miller
Couldn't agree more, Chuck! I remember seeing these in my father's tool box and have been using one ever since. Here's one source: Newman Tools, Inc but this tool should be easy enough to find at any auto or electrical supply store or well-stocked hardware/tool outlet.
Another cool twist on this concept is for Philips head screws. Greenlee makes one that I know of: #2 Screw Holding Screwdriver
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