What do I need to unscrew this?

From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)26 Feb 2020 19:27
To: ALL1 of 20
Got a stupid Torx Security screw - tried using a flathead like somewhere suggested, but it didn't work.

I think Wikipedia is saying the size is a T10, unless I'm misinterpreting and it might be a T15 or a T5?

Maybe I should just get a full set, in which case what do I want to look for/avoid in terms of quality/overpriced brands?

From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)26 Feb 2020 19:41
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 2 of 20
From: graphitone26 Feb 2020 19:52
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 3 of 20
What Smiffy linked to, though here's a more UK site

I got that set for a tenner when I bought a multitool there last weekend.

I got a set of torx drivers years ago from a market stall in Leeds for fiddling with the lock on the lenses on my sunglasses, among other things and they've lasted well. Cost me all of a £5, I'll be willing to bet eBay has something similar.

Edit - found the same thing on Toolstation's site for a wee bit cheaper. The caveat of these things is you'll need a screwdriver head/drill to slot them into.
EDITED: 26 Feb 2020 19:55 by GRAPHITONE
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)26 Feb 2020 19:53
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)26 Feb 2020 20:02
To: graphitone 5 of 20
Here's one that's ~£24 and has 127 pieces!


Doesn't seem to have any small flat heads though, which I'll suddenly be guaranteed to need if I get that set. :<

From: graphitone26 Feb 2020 20:04
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 6 of 20
But it does have 4 pig nose drivers. :/ No-one needs that.
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)26 Feb 2020 20:15
To: graphitone 7 of 20
300 pieces!


Twenty of them are drill bits, but hey - maybe I'll find a need to make holes too.

Except it's about £60 and two weeks delivery. Bleh. :(

From: koswix26 Feb 2020 21:48
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 8 of 20
What's it in, and have you got any torx bits already?

I've had success in the past with using a centre punch to bang the security pin out and then using a normal torx bit, although obviously that's not idea if it's in something fragile/the torx screw isn't made from finest chinesium. 

Just get pretty much any old cheap set with the right bit (looks to be T10 from your pic), the amount of force you'll be putting on it and the amount of use it'll get (I'm assuming this is pretty much a one off need?) you don't need to worry about bits rounding off or anything. 

From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)27 Feb 2020 00:00
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 9 of 20
Some of the cheap tools are made with really poor quality steel that's got no strength. In particular drill bits that will last for maybe half a hole before they go dull or just overheat and snap in two.
From: graphitone27 Feb 2020 07:13
It's got a lifetime guarantee that one though. :C
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)27 Feb 2020 10:11
To: graphitone 11 of 20
Defective by design.
From: william (WILLIAMA)27 Feb 2020 10:47
The free ones that come bundled with things like mobile phone batteries are always entertaining. I have had some that are OK, but some are so bad you've got to despair of the human race wasting the Earth's resources to make them. T10 is a bit big for a mobile phone though.
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)27 Feb 2020 11:03
To: koswix 13 of 20
They're in my assbox, so I do need the screws to remain functional.

The existing torx screwdriver I've got wouldn't fit even without the middle bit.

If I can spend £25-30 for a set capable of handling any encounterable screws, that'd be great - so long as they're not weak pound-shop-quality crap.

From: Manthorp27 Feb 2020 11:06
To: ALL14 of 20
What do I need to unscrew this?
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)27 Feb 2020 13:35
To: Manthorp 15 of 20
Step 1: Get Ireland to unite, team up with Scotland.
Step 2: Get them to take over the rest of the UK.
Step 3: Celebrate the United Republic of Ireland and Britain with tea and flapjacks.


From: graphitone27 Feb 2020 13:48
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 16 of 20
Can we please mandate that we should all have a southern Irish accent?

Because it's the best accent ever. (nod)
EDITED: 27 Feb 2020 13:48 by GRAPHITONE
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)27 Feb 2020 14:12
To: william (WILLIAMA) 17 of 20
They can be serviceable (or even good) in a pinch: while on vacation last year, the mirror on my film slr got stuck*, an ongoing issue that can be remediated by unscrewing the bottom plate and oiling gears (as I learned from a web tutorial, except my body is an older and more simple model than shown).

I needed a very small phillips head screwdriver, so I bought a set of miniature screwdrivers at ye local dollarstore, and had the camera back in action in <1 hour.

*blocking the viewfinder. I took several more, perfectly good shots using the point-and-shoot method, to ascertain this would not dislodge the stuck mirror.
From: william (WILLIAMA)27 Feb 2020 14:43
my body is an older and more simple model than shown

I was anticipating a video hosted by some young Olympian hunk.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)27 Feb 2020 15:18
To: william (WILLIAMA) 19 of 20
I was unavailable.
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)28 Feb 2020 12:21
To: graphitone 20 of 20
Do you mean southern as in not-Ulster, or more cardinally (as in Cork, maybe Kerry, but not Dublin or Galway)?