These are pretty bright kids- as soon as they saw the spiral part of the
tool, and used it once, they understood it. The point is, they had never
seen one before. Have Yankee-style screwdrivers been gone from the mass
market that long? I haven't seen them in stores around here in several
Yeah, I've got a garage sale Yankee 130A sitting here I keep meaning to
order bits for, if I can ever find them at a decent price. Still shiny,
even- just like the one my father has, that I used as a wee lad. 10-15
years ago, I found a new-in-package one, bits and all, at an old
hardware store that was going under, and I sent it as a gift to my
nephew, who was starting to get into woodworking at the time. He even
got the old family ShopSmith MK V, as we sorted out stuff during one of
the ongoing family moves and relocations. My brother had gone through
it, fixed up the wiring, and cleaned and trued it up. It has to be as
old as I am, and still works, AFAIK. It even saw a decade or so actual
money-making use, with my father's construction company.
They still sell them. You don't see them for the same reason you
don't see many Crescent wrenches. There's better tools.
Last time I had a Yankee I only used it as a drill instead of breaking
out a power drill. Didn't do that well either.
Never drove a screw with it.
But if you have bad wrists or the Yankee works for you, use it.
The plumber I worked for had an 8" Crescent for compression nuts.
I used it on our jobs and it kinda made sense for him, but I've never
used a Crescent otherwise except as a kid on my bicycles, and never
Vic...? Please contain your youthful exuberance and refrain from
disparaging something you know nothing about.
For decades the Yankee driver was the tool of choice for locksmiths.
Not mom and pop locksmiths, union installing 45 floors (Manhattan,
obviously) of door hardware locksmiths on a tight schedule, and well
after the advent of cordless driver/drills.
I won't presume to educate you on more than one thing at a time, and
explain to you all of the reasons it's been so popular, as I've
already met my quota. ;)
I have one that my grandfather used when I was a little boy of 9 and
before. He left when I was 10 at the age of 64. I be 69 now and wonder
how much longer I can use it and do dips and chin ups at the gym.
What part of the planet do you actually frequent?
Crescent (aka adjustable) wrenches exist in the world at same
frequency as Yankee & Yankee style screwdrivers?
Did that plumber tire of listening you spout misinformation & fire
I know just fine how they work. It's not brain surgery.
Googling every reference to nail spinners I found some fans, 5 or 6.
One guy was a professional trimmer and used it until he moved on to a
I wouldn't argue with him. He made money with a spinner.
But I asked you before what happened to your spinner when you said you
pine for one. You didn't answer, so I guess you don't even have one.
Mike lost his spinner.
Looks like nobody here has a spinner anymore.
No big deal. A few door casings are easily pre-drilled.
The bright side is I learned that nails can work as drill bits.
For kicks I'm going to chuck some in a drill and put some holes in
scrap hardwood when I get back in the garage.
See how that works, since I've snapped some small bits drilling pilot
holes. Had to leave some in and cover with putty.
I'm wondering if the nails don't twist off too, but nobody mentions
that. I''l see for myself.
Now you're catching on.
Nobody sells my "stories."
And nobody sells nail spinners.
re: "The bright side is I learned that nails can work as drill bits."
So can wire coat hangers.
They're great for drilling through thick walls, like through the sill
plate, then through the sheathing, siding, etc. as a means to locate
the hole on the exterior.
They work prttey good on cement block also.
If you know where you want to go out through the wall, drill through
from the inside with a sharpened coat hanger to ensure that where you
come out will work on the outside. If it works, enlarge the hole from
both sides. If it doesn't, you've only got a tiny hole in the siding/
block to caulk. No major damage.
Chuckle. In my longhair hippie scum days (many decades ago), that is how
I would rewick candles, or make candles out of odd chunks of wax that
followed me home. Prewax the twine to make it stiff, make a hole with
the coat hanger, and work the new wick in while it was still all slippery.
(I don't think I have even lit a candle in ten+ years, even a utility
candle used as heat source for DIY projects...)
Well, this wasn't really MAKING candles, it was more like salvaging
candles where they had burned a hole down the middle, or putting a wick
in a chunk of industrial wax (like used for making lost-wax molds, I
guess.) My mother would always get pissed when I melted wax on stove,
even if I used the nastiest old baby double-boiler out of the basement.
Never had the patience for dipping candles, or those infamous
milk-carton candles where you pour wax over ice cubes or other things,
to give an artsy look.
I gave up trying to be creative with candles in college, after I first
saw an artisan making carved candles- 30 or 40 dips in different colors
of wax, and then slice and twist and weave the wax while it was soft.
Way too pretty to burn.
On Monday, October 3, 2011 10:34:31 PM UTC-4, DD_BobK wrote:
I actually have two braces and a "Yankee" screwdriver (the latter with some
small drill bits that go with it.) Never used a nail spinner though. Wil
l have to keep an eye out for one at yard sales. In my defense I don't do
a whole lot of trim carpentry, is probably why I haven't been exposed to th
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