This post has nothing to do with personal finance, but I want to share my joy on this low cost toolkit that has saved me numerous times!
I usually don’t give in to impulse buys, but I saw this 31-in-1 screwdriver set on sale for a ridiculous price and decided to place an order.
It was deceptively labeled as a Mobile Phone Repair Kit.
It shipped quickly and came in a cute but useless plastic case.
If the case isn’t upright, the tool bits won’t stay in place. This means you can’t just throw this in your tool-bag without having the bits fly out of their slots! I was quite disappointed, to be honest.
What was I thinking! A ‘mobile phone repair kit’? The only time I pry open a mobile phone is to change a sim card or replace the battery and I don’t need a 31-in-1 toolkit to do that!
This little toolkit came in very handy for a different kind of job – plumbing! One of the faucets in my old house started leaking and I decided to replace it. Here’s the problem – I couldn’t remove the old faucet! It was screwed tight with a non-standard screw and none of my standard screwdrivers were of any help.
The folks at the big box stores couldn’t help without the make and model number. I had no idea where to go looking for the right screwdriver. Almost thought of sawing the damn thing off when I remembered my useless ‘Mobile phone repair kit’ purchase!
Guess what! It had a bit that was a perfect match and did the job beautifully! And this wasn’t the only time. Yet another faucet conked off and this was a different model but again with no markings and a custom fastener. Once again this toolkit proved indispensable!
Another time, I had to open my MacBook to upgrade its memory and this little toolkit proved its worth.
I took it out of my ‘I’m never going to use these tools again’ section of my tool cabinet and put it up prominently on my pegboard!
The tips are magnetized and fit well into the screwdriver bit slot. The case itself is made of plastic and screws shut with the yellow base.
For the DIY nerds, the kit comes with these bits:
- Philips heads: PH00, PH0, PH1, PH2
- Straight Heads: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0
- Torex Heads: T3，T4, T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T15
- Hex Heads: 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0mm (laptops, cell phone, hard drives, ssd, xbox etc.)
- Screw driver handle: 106mm x 28mm x 28mm
- Weight of Screw driver handle: 30g
- Package dimension: 56mm x 56mm x 115mm
- Package weight: 166g
- Made in China
The price has gone up, but I still think this screwdriver set should be in every household. Good set with a bad case! But considering the price I paid, I can’t really complain!
What is your dumb purchase that turned out to be a smart move?