Condo Blues: Tooltalk: Let’s Compare Screwdrivers!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tooltalk: Let’s Compare Screwdrivers!

Here’s a treat for you - a guest post by none other than my Dad! The man who can fix anything that’s broken, explained even the most complicated technical thing in a way I understood to my former little girl self, and encouraged me that I can do anything I put my mind to and if I can’t do it like everyone else – find another way to do it. Take it away Dad!

OK! Here's a tip for you. I know that you don't like wimpy power tools, but sometimes wimpy is good.

Let's say that you are going to replace that pesky light switch in the hallway that keep blinking on and off. You grab your trusty screwdriver and remove the switch cover. No biggy here. Next to start to remove the screws holding the switch in place. These suckers are 1½ inches long. Looks like carpal tunnel in the making! After removing the wires from the old switch and placing them onto the new one, it's installation time. Wow! The new switch has those pesky 1½ long screw too! There goes the other wrist!

You could use your trusty MEGA TORQUE cordless screw gun from Dewalt, Black & Decker, Ryobi or the likes, but with its gut wrenching torque it would either rip the switch box out of the wall or spin you around like a off center ferris wheel. Not fun!!!

Maybe Dad is referring to my super duper mega drill and screw gun nicknamed Mommy’s Little Helper? - Lisa.

Why not do what I do? Latch onto one of these small, I carry it in my pocket most of the time, screwdrivers. I like the Bosch SPS10-2 because it turns faster, alway like more speed, and comes with 2 batteries and a charger. Charge one while using the other. The downside of this tool is that it does not come with the screwdriver tips, but has a nice tool bag.



At $10 less there is the Ryobi HP41LK. Good tool with a torque limiting clutch for the trigger happy. It comes with a tool bag and bit set. No inter-changeable battery. When its dead it's Miller Time.

Last on the list is the Black and Decker L4000. It comes with bits and a wall hanging kit. It also has a cute little screw holder that extends out from the front for the all thumbs crowd. No tool bag or changeable battery. Maybe Miller is going for a monopoly?


These tools are great for those little jobs, like light switches, cabinet knobs, shelves mounted on drywall and the like. They are light weight, easy to handle and fit into the flashlight holder of most tool belts.

Check them out!

Hey FTC this one’s for you: All opinions in this post are purely my father’s at the time of this writing. He nor I got any compensation or product from the companies mentioned in this post.

Further disclosure: Yes, this post was really written by my father. As you can see, we share the same sense of humor because, duh, we are related.

Even further disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the Amazon link in this post, I earn a small commission (really small) which will help me with my goal of making Condo Blues a self hosted blog at no additional cost to you. As for me, I'm going to borrow these tools for free from my Dad.


Robj98168 said...

I like your dad, good write up.

His tool belt has a Flashlight Holder? :O

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

Rob, I wouldn't doubt it. Dad likes gadgets and is a super early adopter. No need to wonder why I'm the same way *ahem*

mudnessa said...

Great post. I recently picked up a little black and decker drill and a set of bits both on clearance at target and they are perfect for me. I live in an apartment so household repair isn't something I have to take care of personally, although the maintenance guys are pretty inept so I do like to tackle minor things on my own. I use them mostly for crafting but know they will work for minor things I may need to repair.

Unknown said...

To Lisa's Dad,

How cool that you wrote a guest blog for her. I can see where she got her talents.

Linda A at Citizen Green

Anonymous said...

I had to come check out the guest post from your dad. So cool!

And I have to say, I like my wimpy little screwdriver. It's just right for most of my construction projects, which tend to be IKEA bookshelves and the like. Massive torque not required, but who wants to do it all by hand?

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

mudnessa & Amber - My first drill was a wimpy little one speed drill. I clamped a broken screwdriver shaft into the chuck and it became a screw gun. It was great for all of my apartment dweller needs. It's also really good for snaking drains in our Condo :) If I used Mommy's Little Helper for that, I'd rip my arm off!

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