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bubinga

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1098 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: humor question screwdriver

This may be a dumb question ,and unimportant but
I just bought a new set of screwdrivers ,and the handles smell like crap, these are not the only ones I have noticed this about.
These are great screwdrivers ,but they stink !!!
Klein 7-Piece Journeyman Screwdriver Set

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bluekingfisher

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#1 posted 1098 days ago

I guess the smell will eventually dissapate withr time and use, makes you wonder though what the heck goes into the plastics materials used to make them however?

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#2 posted 1098 days ago

Ok, shellac is made from excretions from a bug. Certain mascaras are made from bat crap. What are plastic screwdriver handles made from? Hmmmm! Food for thought.

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#3 posted 1098 days ago

At work we have a tool chest full of screw drivers that must be over 25 years old.
They smell soooo bad that finally this year I had to throw them out and get new ones.
I don’t know what causes it but I’m glad they are gone.
I dreaded opening the drawer when I needed one.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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bubinga

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#4 posted 1098 days ago

When I open the drawer of my tool chest, where the old craftsman screwdrivers are, it is the same deal

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RetiredCoastie

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#5 posted 1098 days ago

Wow thats a heck of a review for a tool…LOL

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rmoore

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#6 posted 1098 days ago

Maybe they are made from recycled baby diapers? HAHA

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Loren

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#7 posted 1098 days ago

I’ve never noticed that.

It’s not the smell like you get with vinyl air mattresses, right?

Are the stinky screwdriver handles hard plastic or do they have some give?

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Loren

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#8 posted 1098 days ago

I did a search and there are a bunch of explanations for the smell:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=stinky+screwdriver+handles

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#9 posted 1098 days ago

I can’t help but wonder about what people go around smelling. LOL

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bubinga

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#10 posted 1098 days ago

You don’t have to try to smell this, it is in your face and up your nose, especially the new ones.
I had to quickly get them out of the house into the shop.

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#11 posted 1098 days ago

Try these http://www.elkheadtools.com/drivers.html they wont smell

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#12 posted 1098 days ago

The best answer I can come up with is to check Mafe’s site on the new handles he has made for
screwdrivers, hammers, chisels and whatever else you need, then either clamp the screwdriver bit
in a vise and drive the offending handle off, carefully noting the size of the hole in it, or squeeze the
handle in the vise until it breaks apart. Then following Mafe’s lead, or I believe a few other LJs have
also blogged on handles, make yourself a beautiful new set of hardwood handles to exactly fit your
hand and insert the screwdriver bit into it. A fun project and a beautiful set of screwdrivers that
do not smell.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Div

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#13 posted 1098 days ago

That will teach you not to buy tools with plastic handles! :^) Yuck! I do not own a single tool with a plastic handle….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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patcollins

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#14 posted 1098 days ago

I’ve found two kind that dont stink, on the low end the Pittsburgh Tools rubberized handles from Harbor Frieght, they are also decent screw drivers, and on the high end Snap On with the plain black handles.

Opened up a new package of Husky screwdrivers and I thought someone vommited in the container at first, thats the only thing I can think of that smells like that.

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#15 posted 1098 days ago

You must be very bored LOL

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