A Faster Way to Install Eye Screwscomments (7) November 6th, 2012
Video Length: 1:18
Produced by: John Ross and Chuck Miller
If you've got a bunch of eye screws to install, you could do it the old-fashioned way using a screwdriver as a lever, but there's a better way.
Note: PLEASE BE CAREFUL--THIS TECHNIQUE CAN BE DANGEROUS IF YOU'RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION
After drilling a pilot hole for his eye screw, Frank Gunderman of Mission, British Columbia, starts the eye screw a little bit by hand. Then he reaches for Captain Hook; this is a drill-driver with an open hook in the chuck instead of a drill bit. Frank loops the hook through the eye screw and just runs it right on in. That's incredibly efficient. What a way to go.
Now the thing I want to point out about this is: You've got an open hook here, and it's spinning, so be very careful when you use this technique! If you've got a lot of eye screws to install, this tip will save you a lot of time. Just be careful.
Thanks, Frank. Great tip.
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