My largest DIY fail? A bad electric screwdriver
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My largest DIY fail? A bad electric screwdriver

Translation: Eva Francis

The thing with electric screwdrivers? Some are really good, some aren’t that good and others are useless. I owned the latter – for far too long.

Born into a DIY-loving family, I learnt early on how to assemble furniture. What began with euphorically buying new furniture usually ended around midnight in a desperate last-minute attempt to fix a cupboard door properly or unscrew the wrong screws from a board. At the time, I didn’t realise the problem wasn’t only my failure to read instructions properly, but also my cordless screwdriver, which I’d bought at a famous multinational furniture company.

After moving house for the third time, I had enough of the slowest cordless screwdriver in the world. I abandoned it on the street with a sign saying «help yourself» and bought a new one. Looking back, I wholeheartedly apologise to the person who picked up that useless old thing. You deserve better, too.

Good electric screwdrivers make the world a better place

All those people who still assemble their DIY birdhouses with a manual screwdriver deserve better, too. I promise, with an electric screwdriver, you won’t only have fewer blisters on your fingers, but also more time to build even more birdhouses. Win-win-win for you, the birds and the world.

Two batteries are better than one

Getting a spare battery is my pro tip. Trust me, I’d have had a far better and longer first night’s sleep in my new home if I’d had a second battery. How come? Well, I had been attempting to assemble my bed frame when the battery of my screwdriver died. So I was forced to spend the first night on the floor while the battery was recharging. Now that I have a back-up battery, I’m on the safe side and never have to deal with long charging times again. That’s the way I like it.

Screw bits make the world go round

Good screw bits are a blessing. I've been experiencing this since I was given a high-quality screwdriver bit set. They don’t break and, most importantly, they don’t break the screws. And because I’m prone to losing small things, I’ve just bought a second set. Now I really enjoy assembling furniture. Seriously, I do.

Bosch Professional Zubehör Impact Bit Set 36 pcs. (Cross Pozidriv PZ M3, Cross Phillips PH M3, Cross Pozidriv PZ M2, Cross Phillips PH M2, Cross Phillips PH M1)
Bits
45.90 CHF

Bosch Professional Zubehör Impact Bit Set 36 pcs.

Cross Pozidriv PZ M3, Cross Phillips PH M3, Cross Pozidriv PZ M2, Cross Phillips PH M2, Cross Phillips PH M1

Bosch Zubehör Screwdriver bit set with colour coding (Hexagon socket TX with hole M27, Hexagon socket TX With hole M25, Hexagon socket TX with hole M20, Hexagon socket TX With hole M15, Hexagon socket TX with hole M10, Cross Pozidriv PZ M3, Cross Phillips PH M3, Cross Pozidriv PZ M2, Cross Pozidriv PZ M1, Hexagon socket TX M40, Hexagon socket TX M27)
Bits
Quantity discount
10.40 CHF per piece for 2 units

Bosch Zubehör Screwdriver bit set with colour coding

Hexagon socket TX with hole M27, Hexagon socket TX With hole M25, Hexagon socket TX with hole M20, Hexagon socket TX With hole M15, Hexagon socket TX with hole M10, Cross Pozidriv PZ M3, Cross Phillips PH M3, Cross Pozidriv PZ M2, Cross Pozidriv PZ M1, Hexagon socket TX M40, Hexagon socket TX M27

Makita P-73352 Bit-Set 31 parts indoor TORX (Hexagon socket TX M40, Hexagon socket TX M30, Hexagon socket TX M27, Hexagon socket TX M25, Hexagon socket TX M20, Hexagon socket TX M15, Hexagon socket TX M10, Hexagon socket TX M9, Hexagon socket TX M8, Hexagon socket TX M7)
Bits
Quantity discount
14.90 CHF

Makita P-73352 Bit-Set 31 parts indoor TORX

Hexagon socket TX M40, Hexagon socket TX M30, Hexagon socket TX M27, Hexagon socket TX M25, Hexagon socket TX M20, Hexagon socket TX M15, Hexagon socket TX M10, Hexagon socket TX M9, Hexagon socket TX M8, Hexagon socket TX M7

Bosch Professional Zubehör Impact Bit Set 36 pcs. (Cross Pozidriv PZ M3, Cross Phillips PH M3, Cross Pozidriv PZ M2, Cross Phillips PH M2, Cross Phillips PH M1)
45.90 CHF

Bosch Professional Zubehör Impact Bit Set 36 pcs.

Cross Pozidriv PZ M3, Cross Phillips PH M3, Cross Pozidriv PZ M2, Cross Phillips PH M2, Cross Phillips PH M1

Bosch Zubehör Screwdriver bit set with colour coding (Hexagon socket TX with hole M27, Hexagon socket TX With hole M25, Hexagon socket TX with hole M20, Hexagon socket TX With hole M15, Hexagon socket TX with hole M10, Cross Pozidriv PZ M3, Cross Phillips PH M3, Cross Pozidriv PZ M2, Cross Pozidriv PZ M1, Hexagon socket TX M40, Hexagon socket TX M27)
Quantity discount
10.40 CHF per piece for 2 units

Bosch Zubehör Screwdriver bit set with colour coding

Hexagon socket TX with hole M27, Hexagon socket TX With hole M25, Hexagon socket TX with hole M20, Hexagon socket TX With hole M15, Hexagon socket TX with hole M10, Cross Pozidriv PZ M3, Cross Phillips PH M3, Cross Pozidriv PZ M2, Cross Pozidriv PZ M1, Hexagon socket TX M40, Hexagon socket TX M27

Makita P-73352 Bit-Set 31 parts indoor TORX (Hexagon socket TX M40, Hexagon socket TX M30, Hexagon socket TX M27, Hexagon socket TX M25, Hexagon socket TX M20, Hexagon socket TX M15, Hexagon socket TX M10, Hexagon socket TX M9, Hexagon socket TX M8, Hexagon socket TX M7)
Quantity discount
14.90 CHF

Makita P-73352 Bit-Set 31 parts indoor TORX

Hexagon socket TX M40, Hexagon socket TX M30, Hexagon socket TX M27, Hexagon socket TX M25, Hexagon socket TX M20, Hexagon socket TX M15, Hexagon socket TX M10, Hexagon socket TX M9, Hexagon socket TX M8, Hexagon socket TX M7

I’ve got my home covered

The key difference between my first cheap electric screwdriver (the one from the multinational furniture company) and my current mid-range one is the torque control. My current model features a multi-stage control that allows me to adjust the power it outputs onto the drill bits and the screws. This means I can finally screw screws through hard wood, pull old and cheap screws out of a wall or drill small holes in a wall. My previous one couldn’t perform any of these tasks.

Editor Carolin’s already covered how to find the right screwdriver for you. My two cents? Invest in a good one.

What’s your best DIY buy? Let me know in the comments!

Header image: Stefanie Lechthaler

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Painting the walls just before handing over the flat? Making your own kimchi? Soldering a broken raclette oven? There's nothing you can't do yourself. Well, perhaps sometimes, but I'll definitely give it a try.


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