This has been used on custom wheel lug nut for decades. It's a keyed
driver. Unless they make a different key for every reader, there's
also mulitple tools. Besides, I've seen tire monkeys take of these
keyed lug nuts with a regular socket. Jes use an oversized skt, air
torque wrench, lean on it, and voila! It's off.
Where there's a will......
a "Bolt-Out" makes quick work of even the most stubborn locking
lugs... unless you have $1000 apiece BBS mags, probably the extra
security is not worth the effort. And if you DO have BBSes, you
probably have a Porsche or BMW with factory wheel locks that are more
secure than your average parts store deal.
You haven't seen a true tamper proof or security fastener until you
get your hands on some Key-Rex fasteners by Bryce Fastener...
The Key-Rex and Key-Lok are unique to the purchaser, and then
there are other fastener types which are still restricted but less
secure, Penta-Plus is something several steps up from "security
torx or security allen screws" with the small pin in the center...
No doubt nice, but saying it's impossible to duplicate is marketing
hyperbole, no? If they want to get in badly enough, they can get in.
You're just trying to slow them down to the point that the effort,
expense , and increased risk of discovery due to being slowed down
makes the stuff you're trying to protect a less appealing target than
somebody else's stuff.
I used to have a co-worker who had problems with breaking bits and
stripping screws on many things... I took away his cordless drill and
told him that it should only be used for drilling, not fastening as he
clearly couldn't tell when and where the cordless COULD be used in
place of a set of screwdrivers... He stopped going through bits and
screws so fast...
We used the Key-Rex screws on door hardware so that no one could
disassemble the locking hardware on the doors in the facility as there
had been a semi-long term issue with a few tenants unscrewing the
interior crash bars on some of the exterior doors to unlock them or
dog them open... When I left, no door could be tampered with anymore
and there were no longer rashes of thefts and burglaries in the
I do hundreds of things that the homeowner will never see and would
never notice on every job. I think that paying attention to detail
means all details. I don't like Holmes on Holmes, and I think he's a
putz (at least he comes across that way on the tube), but on this we
They are not mutually exclusive, Tonto. And, for the record, for
those that don't know any better, most of what a professional does
looks like they're just playing games. Funnily enough, you still get
the benefit from those "games" whether you understand them or not.
That's the best explanation I've heard as to *why* vertical in
I just do it that way in case a pro looks at something that I've done,
I don't want him to shake his head and say "f'ing amateurs."
I also use spec-grade devices whenever possible and NEVER use a
backstab. If I need the extra connection, I use a pigtail and wire
nut. If I am using a metal box with Madison straps, I wrap the device
with electrical tape before putting it back in the box.
Now one could say that using spec grade stuff and always using the
screw terminals etc. is far, far more important than aligning your
screw heads. I'd agree. But it's all part of the overall job and
when doing it 100% per code and standard practice is easy, why only do
Today me and the crew almost finished up running a pair of 12-2 W/GR MC
cable circuits 225 feet long, up in the ceiling of a drug store. I
insist it be done correctly with butterfly clips securing the cable to
the grid tie wires. A lot of jack legs will just lay the MC cable on top
of the grid and light fixtures and not secure it to anything. The
company we're doing it for has a female project manager who can't
understand why we needed an electric sky-lift to run the cable up in the
20 foot ceilings. The last guy didn't need all that and take so much
time. He simply hijacked a circuit at the front of the store and never
installed a separate dedicated circuit as required in the specs. Yea, he
didn't need fire stop compound to seal around the conduit going through
the firewall and he didn't have to install Unistrut or junction boxes
and install anchors or all that hardware. Why couldn't we just pop it
in in a few hours as opposed to a few workdays? :-)
What pleases MY eye it what is more useful. Toilet paper dispensed off the
top of the roll makes it easier to see and access the end.
And I'd rather have a towel next to the kitchen sink, than plastic
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