More screwdrivers

Awl--
Apropos of the fairly interesting thread on screwdrivers on ahr, I dee-clared that the 4,5,6-in-1 'drivers I was crowing about do not accept the 1/4" hex tips for screwgurns, multi-tipped drivers, chapman's, etc. The 4,5-in-1's indeed do not--barrel is too big. However, the smaller end of the 6-in-1 *does* accept these std tips! BUT, the barrel is sorta deep, so you would have to put in a stop rod of sorts, to get the proper tip protrusion for tips less than about 1.5" long. A small screw would do. The longer tips will be fine.
The one carried by Nat Wh Liq is called Black & Sage--$2.99, iirc.. I got another one locally w/ a more cushioned handle called, iDriver--yeah, digital.... about $5 or so. I'm sure dat "i" accounted for at least two of those dollars.
Both quite acceptable quality, hollow-ground slotted tips.
Some 99c stores carry these, in an orange handle, but the quality is really miserable. Much as my mission in life is to equip my shop solely thru 99c shops, these just don't cut it.
BUT, the 99c red earmuffs are *just as good* as the $20 industrial jobbies--did an A/B comparison. Then bought 10. :) -- Mr. P.V.'d formerly Droll Troll
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Equiping a shop at the 99c store is just stupid. You can get better prices, and far better tools at yard/garage sales and thrift shops.
Bob
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Surprise!
There are a few tools at the 99c that will probably last, but I forget what they are.
And I recently bought a cylinder of salt at one of those stores. I was pretty sure I was overpaying, and sure enough, it's 45 cents at the supermarket. (Although I had forgotten twice at the supermarket, and I really wanted to have some salt.)

It takes a lot of yard sales to find tools. Maybe 50 before I see one that sells tools. Maybe 20 before I see one that sells garden tools. Also I rarely see tools at thrift shops.
I'd be tempted to look in the classified ads if I needed a lot of tools at a time, or expensive ones.

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They go quick if they are good. You have to check frequently.

If there is a craigslist for your city, that can be an excellent place to find tools. http://www.craigslist.org/ - look for your city on the right of the page.
Bob
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If you value your time and the inconvenience factor, even without considering the price of gasoline, those "garage sale" tools can cost you more than the priciest ones available from good hardware stores. Ebay would be a better choice than garage sales.
Bob Swinney
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Retirement communities are a good place for second hand tools. Poppa is fresh in the ground and Mom is getting rid of his Stuff. Working areas..blue collar are good also. Don't bother with "The Houses on the Hill" areas..in my experience..very very few tools of any sort.
Swap meets (boot sales to our British cousins) are excellent places if you can haggle.
Gunner, who got a Sawzall at a St. Vincents de Paul for $10 cause it had a bad plug.
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