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Old 05-30-2009, 04:32 PM   #1
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How do you guys hold these tiny screws?


I build a lot of cabinets. Some want the cheaper self closing hinges instead of the euro ones. I have a heck of a time getting those tiny screws started. (note; I predrill the holes, since most of my work is hardwood.) I have huge hands! I work alone. So here I am holding the door in place with one hand trying to get these little suckers started. I have tried using a piece of tape, works but really slows things up. Can't find a magnetic screwdriver strong enough. They only work about 50% of the time. A touch of plumber's putty works, but is hard to clean up. Anyone have an idea that really works?
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If they are steel screws, the 3" DeWalt magnetic tip holders for your screwgun always worked well for me. Never tried a magnetic screw driver.

If brass screws, the more expensive tips seem to do a better job of holding screws.

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Can you use square drive screws?
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Magnetize your own screwdrivers.
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Or: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...rd=screwdriver

Put cursor on picture of tip. Be safe, G

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thanks for the fast replys!!!
GBAR, I'm off to Sears, first thing in the morning. That's just what I need. Funny part is, I had one of those 50 years ago, but I had forget about them. Old age ain't what it is made out to be!
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i have one of those, but i opt for a hard drive magnet stuck close to the end of the driver.
it holds more screws and holds the one you're screwing TIGHT to the driver tip.
good ol' 1,000 uses hdd magnets.... Po)

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I have the greenlee version of that screwdriver, and they do work pretty well. I use mine for electrical work...Getting that little grounding screw started in the back of a box can be a challenge for big hands.
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I suspect the lack of magnetism is also due to differnt metal content in todays cheaper "bulk" screws ... possibly from offshore or the coating on them. If you test a few suppliers you might find a better product as well or remagnetise your driver as suggested above

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