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Project by trotter posted 01-25-2013 09:50 PM 2546 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to assemble large numbers of flight kennels for pets of every size. They are designed rather like plastic egg-boxes with the top and bottom screwed together with small plastic wing nuts. You can imagine how tedious this becomes, with the fiddliness of the pieces, and so close to the sidewall of the kennels. A mechanical solution was crying out the be developed.

There are fittings that can be mounted on an electric drill, but this makes it only too easy to strip the plastic threads.

I had this old Archimedes’ Screwdriver rolling about in the bottom of a toolbox. Not been used for years, and missing most of its attachments. Using the only remaining screwdriver head, I turned this small attachment out of maple. The collar is a piece of 3/4 copper pipe, and the holes just drilled and shaped to grip the plastic nut. You can easily sense the tightness of the nut. Works a treat, both for assembly and disassembly, and I use it nearly every day.

-- I wish I could sell my experience for half the price it has cost me.

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 10:07 PM

Very creative!
They do say; Neccessity is the mother of invention…..

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 01:05 AM

Nice solution.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 02:23 AM

Great idea, and it gives me an idea of an adapter I can make for my Yankee screwdriver to drive all those
cuphooks to hang my Christmas lights this year. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 01-28-2013 02:46 PM


-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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