non magnetic screws ????

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Old 10-10-03, 07:29 AM
K.McGoff
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non magnetic screws ????

I'm working on a project that needs non-magnetic brass screws and I'm having problems keeping the screws on the driver bit due to the odd angles I have to work at (and there are a lot of screws)
I found this on the net

Screw holder
and I was wondering if anyone has used one and can they recommend it or is there another way to hold them on with useing grease etc. as I don't want to stain the timber

thanks
Keith
 
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Old 10-10-03, 08:33 AM
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I have had exposure (trade show and sales demonstrations) to the device (and similar) pictured in the link you provided and feel it is well suited for nearly any screw drive head; slotted, phillips, combination slotted-phillip, square, torx, posi-drive, clutch, hex, etc etc etc.

There are also several other types of screw holding screwdrivers and variations of them available, usually depending on the type of drive head the screws have; split shank screwdrivers for slotted heads and wire clip holders for phillips for example. A better hardware store, a fastener supply house, or electrical supply house should be able to offer several suitable types to you.
 
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Old 10-10-03, 12:25 PM
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Look at Sears keep one in the tool box all the time. Its like two little clips holds the screw on the screw driver. after you have it started you just slide the screw driver sideways a little bit and its free of the screw put it right back on the screw and run it in.There or two others I know of you have to look around. One is just a starter they say ,it hold in the slot Its good .Then there is one that the blade is like split when you put it in the slot it will hold it Thats made by Vaco. Johnstone supply has them if you can buy there page 988 at the top ED
 

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Old 10-10-03, 02:19 PM
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There are also several inexpensive screw holding gadgets available at better hardware stores. I've also seen them in dollar stores.

One type is a coil spring that fits over the shaft of your screwdriver. It sells for about $3 and the tension and dynamic friction of the coil holds the screw. Short coils are available for stubby screwdrivers.

Another is JUST the 'wire clip' or 'clip gripper' which is about a buck and slips over the shaft. Slide it down to hold the screw, and slide it up when not. They come in all sorts of configurations, sizes, and can be interchanged between your present screwdrivers.


I mentioned Tacky Head spray in response to your question in the other forum, but at $15-$20 a can all the other alternatives are cheaper.


An oldtimer homemade screwholder can be fashioned from automotive vacuum hose. You cut it about 1 inch shorter than the shaft of your driver and split one end with a razor. You slide the hose over your shaft with the split end towards the tip. Once it's on you slide the hose down over the tip and slip the screw in the split. The split will hold the screw in place. You start the screw in the hole, pull back on the hose and then drive it home.
 
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Old 10-10-03, 05:56 PM
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Originally posted by NutAndBoltKing
I have had exposure (trade show and sales demonstrations) to the device (and similar) pictured in the link you provided and feel it is well suited for nearly any screw drive head; slotted, phillips, combination slotted-phillip, square, torx, posi-drive, clutch, hex, etc etc etc.
thanks for all the replies
I think I will give it a go and will post a reply on how it goes when it gets here

thanks Keith
 
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