Having trouble holding tiny little screws in place way the hell down in the dash of your car? TM reader Keith has the answer: a five-pronged pick-up tool.
“I bought one on a whim a while back because I often do electronics repair work and thought it might prove useful for that. This past weekend my son and I were working on the speedometer of his car and found this tool to be just the ticket for putting Phillips dash screws back in when they’re too deep to reach with one’s hand. It worked better than the screw starter I have that’s intended only for slotted screws as this tool could grab slotted, small hex head, Torx, and other screws, too. Saved us a lot of frustration by avoiding trying to keep screws on the end of a magnetized screwdriver without losing them in the dash.”
Damn straight. I have a bigger version of this, and I’ve used it to pull all sorts of crazy tricks. I can’t believe it didn’t occur to me to pick up a smaller one for this purpose. Though now it occurs to me that I might be able to use the bigger one to assist in positioning a replacement speedo cable in my Miata.
Kudos on the find, and kudos for linking us a version for under $5 on Amazon. If you’re not an Amazon buyer, I’m sure you can find one elsewhere, too.