Whether you are fitting a panel in your home, or you are trying to assemble any equipment, you need a set of screwdrivers for the job. The screwdrivers come in different shapes and sizes, all suitable for different kinds of situations. Today we look at the different types of screwdrivers, and what they do.
The Screw Determines the Kind of Screwdriver to Use
If you have ever owned a screwdriver set before, you know that the kind you choose depends on the screw you want to work with.
The Slotted Screwdriver
Also called the flat or flared screwdriver, the slotted type is the father of all the screwdrivers out there. It fits neatly in all slots on the screw and is used mostly for opening scan off paint.
However, we are looking at the cordless flat screwdriver. These kinds of screwdrivers, available on Drills and Drivers, come in different sizes ranging from 5.5 to 8 mm.
You need to take care when using this kind of screwdriver because if you don’t apply enough pressure, the tip can slide and scratch the work surface.
There are two types of slotted screwdrivers – a flared driver and a parallel screwdriver. The flared screwdriver has a flattened tip where the edge is a bit wider than the shaft. On the other hand, the parallel screwdriver has an edge that is similar in width to the shaft. This is ideal for unscrewing screws in pre-made holes.
The Phillips or “Star” Screwdriver
This one has the shape of a star when you look at it from the tip. They are used to tighten screws with a star-shaped cut. You need to apply the right kind of pressure to get it work. The tips are delicate and not so deep, which means that more pressure can spoil the grooves
Traditionally, you had a single screwdriver complete with a tip, handle, and shaft. But with time, technology realized that carrying a host of different screwdrivers was cumbersome. Now all you need is to have the screw bit bits in different sizes and configurations and a driver. The bits are just the ends of the screwdrivers that slot into the magnetic holders. This keeps the screwdriver bit in place for the task.
All in all, you need to choose the right screwdriver bit and its accompanying holder. Choose the right material for the job ahead and the right sizes. This is the ideal setting for any DIY-er out there.