You Can Easily Buy Tamper Proof Screwdrivers

January 26, 2010 at 1:50 am 4 comments

I have a long history of taking things apart; as a Child I had a reputation for never putting them back together. There is some truth to that, but somethings are more fun in pieces.

Before I understood how they worked, I saw things as magic boxes. I wanted to know how the engineers solved all of the problems that made the product useful; what were their secrets?

As an adult, I still like taking things apart. Sometimes, I want to know how it works; other times it doesn’t work and I want to fix it, or break it further.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to disassemble things.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried to disassemble something and then realize you don’t own a screwdriver that can turn a triangular notched screw-head. Or, maybe you have noticed funny looking screw-heads in public restrooms. Not the people, the metal screws used on fixtures and cubical walls. If you don’t recognize the pattern on the screw-head, they’re likely what we call “tamper proof” screws.

When you’re not supposed to disassemble something, the manufacturer or installer uses obscure screws to make it very difficult. What they don’t want you to know is: the proper tools are widely available online.

You’re not going to find these tools at Home Depot — trust me, I’ve looked. But, a couple of clicks on the internet and you’ll be tightening gaps on bathroom cubicles by the weekend.

For example, to pickup a 101 piece tamper-proof screwdriver set for less than the price of a couple pizzas, click here .

Then you can disassemble your old Nintendo or procure that automatic flush fixture you’ve had your eye on. Just promise you won’t get into any trouble or steal cable TV, it’s not worth it when you can get HDTV channels for free.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. You Can Buy Your Own Dental Tools « Broken Secrets  |  February 15, 2010 at 12:34 am

    […] 15, 2010 A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that you can buy your own tamper proof screwdrivers. Ownership of tamper proof screwdrivers ups your do-it-yourself status to a new level; but, you […]

  • […] Of course I own a set of tamper-proof screw drivers. If you haven’t read it already, you should read my earlier post about acquiring a set of your own (click here). […]

  • 3. Hobby Tools  |  October 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    All screwdrivers should come with this feature.

  • 4. Clark Lyndhurst  |  November 2, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Tamper proof Torx screws are pretty common these days. A good Torx screwdriver or a set of them is all you need. has a bunch of nice ones to choose from.


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