Phillips-Head Screwdriver Guide

Phillips-Head Screwdriver Guide

For the newbies in using a screwdriver, it’s a tough job to figure out which one’s called what, and which one is needed for what job. Understanding that need, we have put together some very basic yet essential things you would need to know, if this is the first time you are holding a Phillip-head screwdriver in your hand.

How does a Phillip-head screwdriver look like?

If you aren’t sure if what you are holding in hands is a Phillip-head screwdriver or not, look at the tip of it. If it looks like a ‘plus’, ‘cross’, or ‘x’ to you, you have it. This thing is needed to fit inside any shallow place and do the twisting, turning, fixing and pushing jobs, e.g. fitting a nail in the wall, or taking out a screw out from a wooden board.

While using a Phillip-head screwdriver

First thing to make sure is that the nail or screw you want to fix has the similar shape of the tip of the screwdriver. If it’s not in the form of an ‘x’, you probably need to re-look at your toolbox and find another screwdriver. Phillip-head screwdriver fits in the Phillips-head screws only.

Second thing you need to ensure is having right tip-size. Unless your screw completely fits into the bolt, it would be very difficult for you to move it anywhere. To save yourself from addition manual power, find a Phillips-head screwdriver that fit exactly into the screw.

Once you have checked the above two things, follow these steps:

  • If you are using the screwdriver to make a hole, mark a small point at the place, and put a small basic hole to guide the screw in. If you miss making a small basic hole into the surface, there are chances that the screwdriver would slip around. For letting the screwdriver go straight, a pilot hole is the key.
  • As you put the screwdriver at the right point, put pressure on it while turning it clock-wise. Screws go inside faster when rotated. While holding your screwdriver between two fingers, keep rotating while putting pressure. Do not put unnecessary pressure to avoid the screw sliding around. This not just breaks the pace, but also damages the surface around, making it difficult for the same thing to happen. Also, this would make you create another pilot hole afresh.
  • As the screw goes in slowly, keep sliding your fingers back till the shaft of the screw and let the screw guide in eventually. While this happens, keep putting consistent pressure on the screwdriver.

Be it any screwdriver, the key to using it remains in getting the perfect size and gaining some practice to do job with expertise.

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