Custom tool – screw eye driver

I’ve used tiny, brass-plated screw eyes on several of my planes. The eye gives me a nice anchor point for flying wires. However, they are a major PITA to screw in and out of the struts.

Frustrated with turning them 1/3 revolution at a time with a pair of hemostats, I finally decided to make my own screw eye driver from a bit of piano wire. I added a length of shrink tubing to form a crude handle.

It’s not perfect, but it makes the task of screwing and unscrewing them 10 times easier.
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I was pretty chuffed about having designed and built my own custom tool until I realized I had basically recapitulated the accomplishments of a smart crow.

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