Tiny Screwdrivers, Handy Tools

Tiny ScrewdriversYou’re “supposed to” remember, in detail, where and when and from whom and how and … just everything … about how you acquired your favorite tool.(s.) Unfortunately, I don’t.

I just think, every time I use one of my tiny screwdrivers, “Wow, this is a really useful tool.” And just kind of throw some gratitude out into the universe toward … however I acquired them. (I think one was actually a freebie thrown in with … something.)

Regardless, they are incredibly useful. Most recently, I was waxing enthusiastic about my tiniest Phillips head screwdriver (the blue one) being so helpful in assembling the stand for my artificial Christmas tree. (It is a decent sized tree; the stand just has small screws.)

It also comes in handy for switching out switch plates and, another task popular this time of year, assembling (or disassembling) the battery compartments of toys. The fact that it is kind of creepy to have a Zhu Zhu Pet squealing “Oh, no! Help!” as you hold it upside down to deal with the battery compartment is in no way a reflection on the usefulness of the screwdriver.

The biggest problem with these tiny tools is the same one Chris Marshall has tackled in a previous blog post: the issue of getting them back. I do not, technically, loan out these tools — it probably doesn’t count as “loaning” if the other person who occasionally uses them is a spouse in the same household. But I do have to make a point of getting them back after such use.

When I get them back, they go into my secret screwdriver hiding spot, only to come out for occasions like the photograph that accompanies this post, or when I need them next. Because I will inevitably need one of these small screwdrivers — my handiest, most favorite tools.

Joanna Takes
Senior Editor

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About Joanna Takes

Joanna Werch Takes has been at Woodworker's Journal since 1998. Her work includes writing and editing for many print magazine departments, among them the "Stumpers" mystery tool department. Joanna is also a frequent contributor to the Woodworker's Journal eZine. Joanna's previous experience includes work as a newspaper reporter. Her woodworking has consisted of small projects such as toys and a storage box. She is active in the Women of Today service organization.

3 thoughts on “Tiny Screwdrivers, Handy Tools

  1. One problem I have perpetually is folks in the household grab a tool and not only fail to put it back where they found it, they put it “up” and forget where that was! Drives me nuts!

  2. Another problem is when someone in the household uses a screwdriver for a chisel, pry bar or a paint stirrer. Or, when the kids “fix” their bicycle out in the yard and I can’t find it until the next time I mow the lawn. A person can never have enough “good” screwdrivers around. The really good ones are “Hands Off” !

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