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    Default Finishing

    Forgive all the questions, it's just nice to have found a community of pros so forthcoming with advice.

    This may be a silly one. I find that when putting on switch plates, outlet covers, etc... the metal screwdriver tip mars the painted screw head easily. I've started combating this with a little electrical tape on the tip of the screwdriver. Any better ways? I've often thought vinyl screwdriver tips would be a good idea for this task but can't find any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadshort View Post
    ***......... Not quite sure what to say. In 30+ years I have never even thought about it. Insert the driver in the slot with proper size driver and drive home with not to much pressure. Am I missing something? Your not using a battery powered driver are you?

    Anal retentive perhaps?
    Anal retentive, obsessive compulsive, you name it! I just find it mars the finish on the screws (even with a hand screwdriver), and I don't like that. I will continue with my piece of electrical tape solution, it seems to be working to my satisfaction.

    Now I feel paranoid - can I be the only person on the planet with this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougLanglois View Post
    Anal retentive, obsessive compulsive, you name it! I just find it mars the finish on the screws (even with a hand screwdriver), and I don't like that. I will continue with my piece of electrical tape solution, it seems to be working to my satisfaction.

    Now I feel paranoid - can I be the only person on the planet with this problem?
    Perhaps the only one who's concerned about it.

    You might be able to find a plastic screwdriver for this. Hobby stores may also have small wooden dowels that are trimmed flat. I know we use these where I work (electronics) but I don't know where they get them.

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    Default Re: Finishing

    You might try Radio Shack. They use to carry tunning tools for TVs that included plastic screw drivers. Or get face plates with stainless steel screws.
    Jack
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