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Key Chain Drivers

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by JPHing, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. JPHing

    JPHing Loaded Pockets

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    Keychain Drivers (Copied from my thread)

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    I've been asked about my keychain drivers a few times, so I thought I'd do a step by step with pics.
    They're cheap to make and don't take long


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    You will need:
    - Pratley Steel Putty (epoxy in putty form) from the hardware store. You can use normal epoxy but take's longer
    - The Cover of a damaged Audio Jack. If you carry Brass or gold items, you can get gold plated one's from the electronics store
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    - A small piece of of paracord, a small keyring and most nb the driver bit you want

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    Start by tying a knot on the piece of paracord and pull it through the jack cover.
    You may need to twist the knot to get it past the threaded section

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    Cut 2 small pieces of the epoxy putty, mix like normal and stuff it in the audio jack

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    - Shove the bit in the epoxy, center as best as possible and press the epoxy against the bit and jack cover
    - (To neaten the epoxy) Push the bit into a bit hole in any pocket tool, roll on a hard surface then dip your finger in water and smooth the edges
    Repeat until satisfied
    -Clean the excess epoxy off the jack cover

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    To touch up put any decoration you want on the paracord. I just used a piece of spring from the Audio jack mentioned before.
    Lastly attach a small keyring or metal ring on the paracord to put the tool on a keychain.

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    After about 12 hours or so the tool will be ready for use. I wait 24 hours to be safe
     
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  2. Si_K
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    Very clever, nice one.
     
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  3. JPHing

    JPHing Loaded Pockets

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    Thanks Si_k :)

    I got the idea from a post in the keychain section.
    Also use to use the jack covers for fobs and eventually thought I could use the empty space
     
  4. ProjeKtWEREWOLF

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    Very cool DIY!!!!
    How are they for getting decent torque out of them?
     
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  5. JPHing

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    Thanks :)

    The Jack covers give a very good grip but if your hand or fingers aren't strong enough for a job a pocket tool with a bit hole works well
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    I've used the piranha as per pic once in a printer I couldn't open completely with 2" of space to work in
     
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  6. ProjeKtWEREWOLF

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    thanks...I have a Screwpop tool and a PockettoolX brewzer on my chain...makes a decent combination, but I will definitely try this!
     
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  7. JPHing

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    One thing I left out in the DIY:
    In the step where you neaten your epoxy (by pushing into bit hole), check that you have enough "hex space" on the bit for the pocket tool to grip.
     
  8. AK Adventurer

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    Genius!

    OK, now I gotta go dig through some boxes of old hi-fi stuff, see what I got!
     
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  10. JPHing

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    Thanks :)
    That's what I originally did :). Use to do sound engineering/electronics before IT
     
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    That would in large part be dependent on which of the raw materials (audio jacks, bits, steel putty) you had already on hand.

    In either case, the ability to swap bits would be worth the price difference to me, if the shipping cost wasn't an issue (i.e. locally available). In my case, pocket carry would be likely and exposed bits aren't my preference in that scenario.

    I had been considering doing something like this with a bit holder though.

    Everyone's needs/wants are different.

    ATB,
    Sam
     
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  13. JPHing

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    Agree
    Also thinking of doing it with a bit holder

    As far a strength is concerned I disasembled and reasembled a speaker with the black phillips driver in 1st pick no probs.
     
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  14. Nkelly226

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    I made ones recently with a magnetic insert is posted a pic on ig but not here ill take one tommorow and throw on here
     
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    freaking sweet
     
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    Very clever, nice work.:)
     
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  17. JPHing

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    Thanks IMWilson :) Means a lot coming from you :)

    Thanks Gollum. Apreciate it :)
     
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  18. JPHing

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    That will be cool. :cool:
    I wanted to but couldnt figure out how
     
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    I bought a drill magnetic hex Chuck thing at lowes then threw it in the vise and ground it down until it pressure fit inside of the Jack through the back end so the hex bit is where the Jack part would be , then tied a small loop of paracord and put it through the screw on cap and screwed it to the body , ill post a pic in a sec
     
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  20. JPHing

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    Ah thanks gonna try that. :)

    I found a fridge magnet that may do the trick
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