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Re: Tips on loosening screw

Nice that they illustrate them all.

The ones I really love to hate are Pozidriv. Have you ever tried to BUY Pozidriv screwdrivers? I finally tracked some down to deal with Ikea, who oddly don't showcase the tools that are essential to assemble their products. (Ikea being another way to spell "Hai! Kea!" which is apparently Swedish for "Hey! Rube!" or more literally "Hey! Meatball!")

I'll give Philips credit, Pozidriv works very nicely when you've got nicely machined bits, and since their patent expired they needed some reason to avoid bankruptcy. But...I'll stick with Mr. Shakespeare and still ask for a pox on both their houses.

Dunno about Frearson, the one alleged Reed-Prince screwdriver I have is a bit more slender than a #1 Philips, useless on stuff like Ikea-ware.
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Re: Tips on loosening screw

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Dunno about Frearson, the one alleged Reed-Prince screwdriver I have is a bit more slender than a #1 Philips, useless on stuff like Ikea-ware.
Frearson = Reed & Prince

The Ikea stuff I had back in the 80s was all assembled with Allen keys. Has that changed?
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Re: Tips on loosening screw

They use some hex parts, with key/wrench supplied, and then other parts that require a Pozi, no tool supplied. I'm told that they sell Pozi tool sets in the catalogue, but locating them in the stores is a matter of great secrecy and may require store residency and a permit. Really.(G)
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Re: Tips on loosening screw

Besides the swearing, which is always required, you also need to pay tribute to the nautical god of skinned knuckles. Using a pair of vice grips to completely mangle the heads and eventually break off the screws may have served both those purposes:-) We know you put it back together with Never-Seez.
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Re: Tips on loosening screw

And then, there is the shade tree mechanic expedient of using a small dull chisel and a tappy little hammer to chase and tease recalcitrant fasteners around and around until they submit in shreaded head or headless horror. It works but you will need replacement fasteners for those thus abused. No normal wrench or driver will ever deign to associate with them again!

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Re: Tips on loosening screw

After doing so much boat work in the last few months I've grown to love Robertson screws. Don't strip, easy to use one handed and unmistakable for anything else.
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