Old 30th December 2017, 10:01 PM   #1
Benster
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Default Foot strap screwdriver

Starboard do an excellent screwdriver for foot straps but no one seems to stock it I n the UK. Is it still in production? If not, can you give the precise spec for the screwdriver so I can source one elsewhere please? I’ve done my footstraps up with a borrowed Starboard screwdriver and my own 3 point large screwdriver cannot undo them. The fit is not good enough. Thanks
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Old 31st December 2017, 11:09 AM   #2
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Benster,
It's a #3 Phillips driver with a hardened and treated tip.....at least that's what it is in the USA.
You should be able to purchase one at any high end tool shop.
Spend the money to get the best #3 Phillips you can find.
The Foot strap screws are a very soft grade of stainless steel, so the drive recess in the
screw heads strips very easily.'
The slightly rough, grippy texture on a correctly hardened #3 tip will install and remove the
foot strap screws several times without damage to the drive recess.
However the "best" #3 Phillips screwdrivers do not have stainless steel drive tips, so you
need to take care of them, oil them, clean them if you want them to last without rusting.
A really smart trick is to lubricate the special PT (plastics tech form) threads with a bar of
bath soap to make them easier to get in tight enough so they don't twist and also makes them
a lot easier to get back out again.
Hope this helps,
Roger

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Old 2nd January 2018, 02:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tips, I need something that fits better than my existing Phillips #3. I’ll use the soap once I get the screws out
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