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Life without screwdrivers

By johnboy - 11 April 2011 9

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Last friday I needed a phillips head screwdriver (to open the battery compartment on the remote control of a toy helicopter as it happens, such is life in the Riot offices).

On descending from The Eagle’s Nest to seek one out in Civic I discovered that the city IGA does not sell such a tool. Supabarn was no more helpful.

I was on my way to Target when I decided to try one of the “bargain” stores (I think it was “Top Bargain” but who can tell the difference between them?).

Which, it transpired, was selling a prince of screwdrivers. Six interchangeable heads and an extendable magnetic probe.

The price? $2.50.

Which explains why a simple phillips head screwdriver is no longer sold individually in Canberra despite being one of the foundation tools of our industrial society.

Truly an age of miracles and wonders.

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9 Responses to
Life without screwdrivers
LSWCHP 6:37 pm 11 Apr 11

Bluey said :

Skidbladnir said :

*thinks*
Doesn’t this mean RiotACT’s offices are in Mort St\City Walk?

(also, that screwdriver will break apart pretty quickly)

I *had* one of those, broke 4/6 heads in a few months and threw it away. Great for odd jobs but for serious business you need serious tools, I went to Academy on thursday night and got a whole bag of serious tools really cheap.

I got a slightly more expensive one from Bunnings about 5 years ago. It’s kept under the kitchen sink for occasional odd jobs that don’t require my toolbox, and it’s still going strong.

shirty_bear 4:13 pm 11 Apr 11

That people would even bother to point out that these aren’t tradesman-grade tools probably says a lot about the level of expectation set by tradesmen in this town. And most other towns.

I’ve been using one of these beauties around the house for years … perfect for releasing, say, a battery compartment on, say, a toy helicopter. Still got all 6 bits. Yay.

Agree re. the glut of tools in Civic.

Bluey 3:16 pm 11 Apr 11

Skidbladnir said :

*thinks*
Doesn’t this mean RiotACT’s offices are in Mort St\City Walk?

(also, that screwdriver will break apart pretty quickly)

I *had* one of those, broke 4/6 heads in a few months and threw it away. Great for odd jobs but for serious business you need serious tools, I went to Academy on thursday night and got a whole bag of serious tools really cheap.

Skidbladnir 2:12 pm 11 Apr 11

*thinks*
Doesn’t this mean RiotACT’s offices are in Mort St\City Walk?

(also, that screwdriver will break apart pretty quickly)

doomguy1001 1:35 pm 11 Apr 11

In Civic I would have gone straight to BIGW’s hardware section.

KB1971 1:33 pm 11 Apr 11

Look out the wondow, I am waving to you as I type this……

Davo111 1:23 pm 11 Apr 11

those cheap screwdrivers won’t last long, particularly the little jewelers ones they sell.

Go to magnetmart/bunnings/supercheap/repco for screwdrivers.

Pommy bastard 1:01 pm 11 Apr 11

Dr Who eat your heart out!

pptvb 12:55 pm 11 Apr 11

There are way too many tools in Civic.

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