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What do you have in your datacenters' toolbox?

> >
> > But really: a power screwdriver, a bag of #2 bits, and a 12" extender
> > are 85% of it. ;-)
> I mostly get by with just a screwdriver. Powered screwdrivers annoy the
> hell out of me in almost all cases.

[WEG] The rule of thumb for most places I've worked has been that power screwdrivers are only acceptable for *removing* screws, at least where the electronic contents of a datacenter are concerned. Using a power screwdriver to install/tighten machine screws carries a nasty risk of cross-threading, or stripping, or snapping the heads off of the screws on something important, leading to unrecoverable problems with expensive modules that you can no longer easily remove to replace when the need arises. And Mr. Murphy says that the one with the damaged screw will be the first to fail.

But then, most decent power screwdrivers have a torque clutch with settings to prevent such things, and everyone always uses them properly, right? ;-)

Wes George

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