Yankee Screwdriver stories
A former co-worker of mine loved to joke with me about my use of
"obsolete" tools, until one day when he asked me to help him rack a
I grabbed my favorite Yankee and went off to help him. He started by
making is usual harassment-in-jest, and then we started to screw the
He suddenly got very observant of how fast and effortlessly I was
driving the screws in.
Then one of us (probably him, for if it was me, he'd have gone back
to harassing me, I suspect) dropped a screw, and it fell between two
servers in the rack, two machines that were mounted very closely to
each other ("One Rack Unit", for those who care).
Ron and I are both fairly big guys with fairly strong hands...and
neither of us were going to easily just reach between these two servers
and fish out the screw.
"No problem", I said, as the Yankee screwdriver zipped open, and I
used its length and oddly shaped head to fish the missing screw out
from between the servers.
"Ok, you convinced me, I want one of those!".
- I have often made comment how every Yankee screwdriver came with
several bits, but most have either one or none by the time I get them.
Well, at one estate sale recently, I hit the "bit jackpot" -- a whole
pile of Yankee bits, and not a single screwdriver!
Tell me your Yankee Screwdriver stories, and let me know if I can
add them to this page, and how to attribute them to you. (In general,
you probably don't want me to post your e-mail address unless you are
already something of an often spammed Internet celebrity.)
Write me at (nick at holland-consulting.net).
holy cow. Just realized I never put a counter on this page when I first
put it on-line, so I stuck a counter on it. 24 hours later, it had racked
up 20 hits, much to my surprise. So, I went back and looked at the logs,
and saw 10,362 hits...and that was only a year's worth of logs.
The temptation to alter the counter is there, but it seems cheating somehow.
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