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Old 25th Aug 2019, 3:22 pm   #1
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Hi Folks

what is this 'bit' for, it's in a very useful multi bit set from Lidl?

Many thanks
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 3:23 pm   #2
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I seem to remember (based on similar sets from other sources) it's to screw screwhooks and eyes into wood.
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 3:36 pm   #3
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Thanks Tony, yes that would make sense
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Old 25th Aug 2019, 4:40 pm   #4
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You aught to watch me cleaning pre-owned bricks with a power tool with the head of a toilet brush in the chuck
How many cup hooks do you need to install
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I wonder if this qualifies as a FAQ yet?
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I've got one in a bit set I had for my birthday, I didn't know what it was either!

Googling cup hook driver' brings them up on amazon etc.
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Old 26th Aug 2019, 12:25 pm   #7
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Thanks Kev, nobody I'd asked before knew what it was for!

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None presently, but we now have the technology!
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Old 26th Aug 2019, 12:50 pm   #8
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It could be used to create hemispherical dents in brickwork using a coin, as seen at many a bus stop.
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None presently, but we now have the technology!
Once you have a shiny new hammer, every problem starts to look like a nail.

I expect to see your new avatar soon with a neat row of cup hooks along the lower face of the recorder's cabinet...

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It could be used to create hemispherical dents in brickwork using a coin, as seen at many a bus stop.
When I was young it used to be the wall at the front of the swimming pool while people were waiting for it to open.
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Old 26th Aug 2019, 5:20 pm   #11
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Nice idea David
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Hi Folks

what is this 'bit' for, it's in a very useful multi bit set from Lidl?

Many thanks
I have a set like it somewhere, not as many bits.
It looks like a few interested security bits for some of the Chinese items out there.
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Old 26th Aug 2019, 6:06 pm   #13
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Hi Dave,

yes there are security bits in there, the main reason I bought it really. In fact the first day I got them a friend ask if I could look at her battery vacuum cleaner that wouldn't charge. And lo, it had torx security screws holding it together!
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Old 26th Aug 2019, 6:18 pm   #14
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It always bothers me when I see several of the same bit in a set. I feel it means that the manufacturers expect them to wear out quickly.

There are several types of security screws that that set doesn't cover, and I've come across them in things appropriate to this forum :

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5 lobed torx-like thing

Triangular. I do not mean tri-wing, I mean a screw head with an triangular recess in it (as opposed to the hexagonal recess of an Allen screw). This is remarkably common in domestic appliances now, and remarkably hard to find the bit to undo it.
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Novel (or annoyingly rare) screw heads are a way of allowing a manufacturer of automatic torque drivers to equip a production line and then tie them to their own fasteners, all in the interests of quality control, you see. Like when Sears Robuck brought out their own compact cassette recorders, that only accepted Sears Robuck compact cassettes.

As with usb charging leads, when you think you have one of each, they invent another.
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Some of our street products ( Type 2 car chargers ) use a Torx with centre pin to make it harder for the curious to remove covers. I found that the little RS pocket screwdrivers https://uk.rs-online.com/mobile/p/screwdrivers/4384324/ jammed between the pin and the teeth works a treat when I can't be bothered to find the proper tool

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