A good drill/driver is probably the most utilized tool in any workshop. It certainly is in mine. But there’s a handy gadget that I couple with my drill/driver that I would NOT want to be without; a drive guide with a retractible sleeve. This holds the screw in place and protects my fingers while I drive screws into my workpiece. Holding on to threaded screws while the driver spins it rapidly can be painful.
The sleeve on the drive guide extends out over the screw, holding it in place so it doesn’t wobble and giving you something to hold — that doesn’t hurt! The sleeve retracts back over the bit extender as the screw sinks into the wood so you can see how far your driving it into the wood.
A drive guide with retractible sleeve will cost between $5-$10 at any home improvement store. It’s an inexpensive addition that will earn it’s keep over and over again.
Try it – I bet you’ll love it!
Melissa T. says
I don’t know how I’ve gone so long without one of these gadgets! Adding this to my “to do” list today..
This is why I love you!! For the big things but also for these little things that I would never know about…. my fingers thank you, my walls thank you – I will stop on my way home……..
Agree, a must for any drill/driver… loved and used mine ’til it was ‘gone’
So true! Love mine.
Kim (TheKimSixFix) says
Hmm… I always use magnetic drill bits to hold my screws, but I still get a wobble. I need to get me one of these!
Oh my gosh, I’m going to Bunnings in the morning! I’ve picked up the best tips from you, and here’s another one that will help so much. Thank you!
Another great tip…I am getting one today! Thanks!
I had one of these but didn’t know what it was used for. I thought it was a bit extension thingy….
Yep. Have one and love it.