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Re: Does anyone else do this while refitting?

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Absolutely. There is a special place in Hell reserved for the person who created those horrible things - right next to the inventor of voicemail.
Sad but true...

I just quoted a company for 15,000 titanium machine screws all in slotted. I begged the purchaser to switch at least to Phillips drive, but all he could tell me was that the engineers specced them, so he had to order them. I even had the project manager calling him to beg to switch to Phillips, but no dice.
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Robertson did the world such a favour by inventing that screw head that it is incumbent upon us knowledgeable folk to educate the "square drive" ignoramuses.
Although the rules on export etc that he tried to enforce probably prevented a lot of the possible change over.


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Now if we could just get a global ban on slot head screws the world would be a better place!
Milwaukee makes a new bit that I found in a set.

Screw companies now make a screw that has both Robertson and slot in them, overlapping to allow for users to use whatever they have on hand. Milwaukee made a screwdriver bit to fit only these fastners.




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I'm still somewhere in the middle of our cruising while refitting. Up next are the watermaker install, SSB install, fix the solar panel wires, install floodlights on the bow sprit, finish the spreader lights, paint the cabin top, and on and on.
I haven't ever looked at yachtword to make me feel better but I'll be doing it now.
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To the OP, I don't know what you consider to be a really long time but I once spent 798 days living in the boatyard doing a complete rebuild. When I would get really frustrated I would stop what I was doing and try and solve my Rubiks cube, after about 30 seconds of that the boat project seemed easy. Keep the faith my brother, there is always an end
And at the end, you start at the begining again.
Would be a bit easier if I could steal more than an occasional few hours to work on it, but it's better every day. How are things on your end these days?


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Absolutely. There is a special place in Hell reserved for the person who created those horrible things - right next to the inventor of voicemail.
Yup, I'll agree with that. doubly so those who use them in Brass or plated steel in boats.

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Sad but true...

I just quoted a company for 15,000 titanium machine screws all in slotted. I begged the purchaser to switch at least to Phillips drive, but all he could tell me was that the engineers specced them, so he had to order them. I even had the project manager calling him to beg to switch to Phillips, but no dice.
Oh that's cruel.
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Although the rules on export etc that he tried to enforce probably prevented a lot of the possible change over.
What happened was that he had earlier been involved in some sort of syndicated venture in England and he got screwed out of his share by his partners. It made him a control freak to the point that when he invented the screw head he wouldn't even license anybody to make them - they had to buy from him. The big manufacturers licensed Phillips instead and he lost out.

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Screw companies now make a screw that has both Robertson and slot in them, overlapping to allow for users to use whatever they have on hand. Milwaukee made a screwdriver bit to fit only these fasteners.
I've seen them a lot but only on electrical stuff - junction boxes, switches and receptacles.
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What happened was that he had earlier been involved in some sort of syndicated venture in England and he got screwed out of his share by his partners. It made him a control freak to the point that when he invented the screw head he wouldn't even license anybody to make them - they had to buy from him. The big manufacturers licensed Phillips instead and he lost out.



I've seen them a lot but only on electrical stuff - junction boxes, switches and receptacles.
And it was a real shame that he chose that route.


They are a perfect screw for the job, but making a specific bit for them is silly. From the side it looks like a large Phillips. Grabbed twice by mistake before I wised up and threw the bits out.


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