they sell plastic tools that scratch things less than metal at cell phone
parts stores online. They're like the ipod opening tools sold at battery
they're really nothing special though. I use popsicle sticks to pry things
apart. They do splinter and make a mess if you're rough though.
If you found a plastic screwdriver that could actually drive screws,
the plastic would be hard enough to damage the laptop plastic.
There are special tools made for the job. They look like a small
version of the ice scrapers you use to scrape ice off the car's
Gosh - just make one with a good file and some tough plastic.
Maybe the feed rods from a plastic model.
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You want a few spudgers.
I had a brother-in-law, who died of multiple sclerosis. When his
condition was fairly advanced and he was pretty much house-bound, his
computer mouse wore out its ball (you know where this is going,
right?). This was long ago enough that you would replace these parts
rather than just replace the mouse, so yes, my sister was sent to the
computer store to buy a mouse ball. Not one of the little ones, a big
mouse ball. The worst of it was that she knew exactly what was going
to happen when she asked for it, and she couldn't find a way to
rephrase the question to avoid it...
One of my most-used tools for cases with barbed latches is the GC 5004
5004 is the top item in the picture, and has a flat screwdriver tip on each
There are numerous other tools, but this one is soft enough to minimize
marring or gouging of most hard plastics.
Also great for slotted brush caps on universal motors, this softer material
won't crack or chip Bakelite like a metal screwdriver will.
You'll be doing yourself a favor if you get several of them.
Mixing/stirring, applicator, scraper, pry bar, wedge and lots of other uses.
You might find many others by searching tweak/er, insulated or
non-conductive probe/stick or similar terms.
Of course, they aren't called 'screwdriver'. Either use a
bamboo stick whittled to a chisel edge, or a putty knife (the
flexible-bladed type, usually).
There are nylon tools with various names for these tasks, but
the bamboo-chopstick-and-a-good-pocketknife solution works well.
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