Woodworking, framing, drywalling, and decking projects don't utilize one universal type of screw, so professionals and DIYers need to own a variety of screwdrivers for handling all sorts of tasks. Not only that, most types come in both manual and powered form, and ratcheting screwdrivers are available that reduce the need to lift and reposition the tool after each turn. Screwdrivers are used to insert and remove screws; the tips, or heads, will vary based on the type of screw used for a project.
A flat head screwdriver, commonly used to remove lids from paint cans, is also used in furniture construction, small cabinetmaking projects, and in certain types of electrical applications. They're great for changing out plate covers on outlets and switches and for other applications where it's important to not over-tighten a screw.
The Phillips head screwdriver is also popular, and is characterized by a plus sign on the tip. They're mainly used for construction and woodworking projects, including drywall installation.
The Hex head screwdriver (also referred to as an Allen screwdriver) is typically used for smaller mechanical or fixture installations that need tightening or loosening, such as with doorknobs, towel bars, and faucet handles. Allen wrenches are usually L- or T-shaped manual screwdrivers; they sometimes accompany furniture kits, like for a small desk or bookcase, that require assembly by the purchaser.
The Robertson screwdriver, also referred to as a square recess screwdriver, offers a reduction in slippage during use. It was created over 100 years ago by an inventor who wanted to avoid damaging slotted screws every time the screwdriver tip slipped out of the slot.
The Torx screwdriver, also called the star screwdriver, is characterized by a 6-point recessed star tip. It's used for multiple DIY and building projects.
For assistance with home remodeling, woodworking, or building projects, or more information about how to supply your toolbox with the proper screwdrivers, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL