The Rain Bird Rotor Tool 5000 Screwdriver is a perfectly fine way of adjusting sprinklers.
I thought I would just leave it in my box of spare sprinkler heads, using it every spring to fine tune my irrigation. However, this supposedly single purpose tool is surprisingly useful and has been elevated in status to the top drawer in my tool cabinet.
It’s a Great Sprinkler Adjustment Tool
I picked up the screwdriver when I was in Home Depot. My cart was loaded up with sprinkler heads and various 3/4″ PVC pipe parts for an irrigation upgrade. The sprinklers I planned to use allowed a variety of different adjustments. I spotted this screwdriver, and at only $5, it was an easy impulse purchase.
As a sprinkler adjusting tool, it does a fine job. The head is the right length to fit into the head of the sprinkler and it engages nicely with screws and the wings stop you pushing too far.
On that basis alone, it’s recommended.
Anchor Fastener Remover
Whilst rebuilding one of my many aluminum extrusion cabinets, I hit a snag when one of the anchors got wedged in place. I couldn’t find a tool that was thin enough and strong enough to get under the neck of the anchor. A utility knife was too weak, a putty knife was too wide, and I didn’t really want to break the tip off my Wera screwdrivers. So I grabbed the Rain Bird screwdriver to give it a try.
It turned out to be the perfect tool for the job. It’s thin enough to get between the frame and the anchor, and it slides nicely under the anchor. The tip is so thin that it will actually bend when used, which would automatically reject it as a screwdriver, but it’s particularly helpful in this case.
T-Slot Cover Remover
I also found the side wings of the screwdriver to be handy when trying to pry out T-Slot covers. The wings hook nicely under the cover and provide enough leverage to pop the cover out.
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Do you have any single useful tools that have become surprisingly useful around your shop?