Bob Vila Radio: Screwdrivers

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Dec 28, 2013 2:30 PM

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When it comes to screwdrivers, make sure you’re using the right one for the job.


Listen to BOB VILA ON SCREWDRIVERS, or read text below:

For slothead screws, the width of the screwdriver is important. The head should be approximately the width of the screw head; any wider and it could do damage. If it’s narrower, you lose power. For Phillips head screws, you need a Phillips head screwdriver sized to the screw head. If it’s too small, it could mangle the head and make the screw impossible to drive.

Never use slothead screwdrivers on Phillips head screws; you’ll damage both. A great gift for the handyperson in your house is a screwdriver with interchangeable bits of various types and sizes encased in the handle for quick changes.

For tough jobs, try a little candle wax on the screw to make it easier to drive. For more leverage, try a longer screwdriver. And it takes a little longer, but pre-drilling pilot holes can save a lot of work and give better results.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening—or reading—to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. Today, it’s all about Screwdrivers.

For more on tools, consider:

The Essential Toolbox
How To: Keep Your Tools Accessible