When did “they” start using screws that require the use of a triangle-shaped tip?
I was up Christmas Eve/Christmas morning putting together toys. The last one came in a big box that required both an allen wrench (suppled, but difficult to use on some spots because of the design), and a phillips (or cross) head screw.
I am almost done, and I am exhausted. It is 2:30 am. All I have left to do is insert batteries and I am finished! The battery compartment is secured by screws. The screws are DEEP in a plastic recess, and you cannot see the top of the screw (unless you use a flashlight). But, I figured it is a phillips head and get my long, thin phillips screwdriver and insert it down the hole. I can feel the screw, but the screwdriver just isn’t seating properly. A couple of times I think it is seated, and I push down hard and try to turn. Nothing. So I get my small “precision” screwdriver set designed for the backs of watches, eyeglasses, and computers. These are flat head screwdrivers. Again, they reach the screw, but only “kind of” fit. I finally decide to look down there, and sure enough, the damn screw has a recess for a triangle tipped screwdriver.
I have never seen one of these, nor do I own anything that will turn them. And I have a set of screwdriver bits that covers any number of screw types (over 100 bits) including torx (star shaped), torx with a raised dimple (these are often used for anti-theft, because most people don’t carry this type of screwdriver around), square heads, etc. NO triangle-heads.
I do some quick google-fu and find that Nintendo started using this type of screw, and you can buy a special screwdriver to open up a Nintendo console if you want. I am sure other companies use this type of screw also, and for a device that you would prefer the customer NOT open up under normal circumstances, it makes sense.
But a battery pack cover?
These aren’t special batteries, nor is this a high-tech toy. The toy requires 4 AA batteries, and as far as I can tell, all they do is provide lights to come on (it is a train trestle, and when the train goes over, the light is supposed to come on.)
I was going to pit these bastards, but I figured I would post this here first to see if these screws are in common use and I just haven’t bumped against them until now?
The box, by the way, does not tell you that you need this type of screwdriver, nor do the instructions).
Anyone else bump into these, and are they now being used in places where security is not exactly an issue?
And WHY on earth would a company put these on a battery compartment of a toy? I am sure the answer is “money”, but to not even mention this on the box or instructions makes it seem like they ran out of screws and just used whatever was laying around. The best part is they secure the battery compartment with 4 of these things. Maybe they were sued because some child swallowed a battery, but a normal screw would be sufficient to keep a small child from accidentally opening the cover.
I guess I will have to buy these screwdrivers, but I have no idea what size this thing is, so I will most likely have to buy a complete set. Once I do get these screws out, I will replace them with phillips or flat-head screws.
Ok, folks… Tell me how many products these screws exist on, and when was the first time you bumped into them?