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Contrary to popular belief they are not fishing weights, neither are they a substitute padlock for the garden shed. No. A neon screwdriver is designed to be the perfect size to remove layers of paint from slotted screws so they can be removed with little or no swearing.
 

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Darwin himself invented the neon screwdriver.

And if you don't understand what I mean, please go and get one to use.
 
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Tut tut . . . .

They are so much fun.

Tape the little neon to a taxi arial and watch it glow as the driver talks while driving.



Poke it in the loose battery terminal of your van to make the contact tighter.



They are invaluable tools for removing boy scouts from horses hooves too.




And where would we be without a neon screwdriver when the bit you open a can of lager falls off, they're ideal for bodging a hole in the can to drink out of.




Don't forget that you can cable tie one to the top of scaffolding to see who's pikey enough to steal it :)
 

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The advantage of the neon screwdriver is not the neon but the clip, which means I've always got a handy screwdriver clipped in my pocket that's the right size for light switch terminal screws. Of course the neon helps when it's a dark corner - sheds some light on what I'm doing .....

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Over the years i have collected hundreds of neon screwdrivers,if you get enough,and paint them all different colours(choice of colour is personnel) they do make great wind chimes.
 

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i had one, and tapped it on the end with a hammer to make a hole in something
unbeknown to me, the shaft slipped back into the neon tube and resistor, breaking them
i then used it to test a live cable, and got a poke
 

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that was in the days when you touched the cable breifly with your finger to check whether it was dead or not,trev
 

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Nothing wrong with a good quality Neon Screwdriver.......:devil2:

I think all the EON operatives have been issued with them as part of their tool kit.

You can use them for checking which are the live ends of a rfc......:cowboy:
 
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You can prod them in a KFC too, see if the fried rat is cooked through.
 

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I don't know what all this fuss about neon screwdrivers is about?

I love mine and rely on it heavily after I've had two GS38 voltage indicators go bang!

At the end of the day, if you get a shock you get a shock but if you just flick the end of it, then it aint gonna kill you is it?
 

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well, iv'e just bought a set of wiha slimlines, and they come with a pretty little neon driver with wiha printed on it.

 
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Do you not just pass them straight to the nearest plumber??
 
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well, iv'e just bought a set of wiha slimlines, and they come with a pretty little neon driver with wiha printed on

I bought the Wera set 48 quid with 17 pieces in loads of useful screwdrivers 4 different cab keys and the slotted pozzi type for mcb,s,gonna replace the neon with a voltstick though.
 

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was split between the wera and the wiha. both around same price, bit i prefer the feel of the wiha handle. the slim bits will take some getting used to though.
 

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when i work out how to post pics, ill show you all my test kit--------
ok done it

my multi meter with a 500 volt insulation test built in btw


my amprobe very accurate, it has a slot at the rear of the case to attach it to your belt really cooll!, you look the part

my voltage tester


all that fluke craps cack (imo)
 
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The water had seeped into the device and shorted out the resistor.a neon screwdriver tells you if there is a voltage realtive to your body .In theory they shouldn't work if you're up a wooden ladder with rubber shoes.
For the small amount of current required to run a neon, I suspect that the capacitive coupling between your body and the ground is sufficient.
 
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