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TheGizmo
04-27-2007, 07:52 PM
I need a screwdriver to open up my nintendo wii, its in the shape of a Y or a peace sign, except each of the 3 wings are equi-distant from eachother and equal in legnth. Kind of like philips but philips has 4 wings, this has 3. Anyone know where to buy one?

I already tried HOme Depot and Radio Shack with no luck.. I did find it online but I'd rather get it locally as this will be my weakend project.

update: tried Ace Hardware as well.. i've found a few places that carry the bit for a drill but that won't fit into the hole that the screw is in unfortunately, so I'll have to find an actual screw driver.


Thanks

Leros
04-27-2007, 07:57 PM
Try sears?

doze
04-27-2007, 07:57 PM
Try sears, lots of craftsman screwdrivers

Soapy Bones
04-27-2007, 07:57 PM
Ace Hardware or True Value will almost for sure have it.

TheGizmo
04-27-2007, 08:03 PM
i'll try Ace, they're right around the corner Thanks

eelw
04-27-2007, 08:08 PM
Triwing screwdrivers are normally only available online. People have had success cutting a philips head screwdriver so its only a single V. But to avoid stripping any screwheads, just spend the $10-15 to order one online.

FreshCrabLegs
04-27-2007, 08:15 PM
Sears has them.
Craftsman 32 pc. Security Screwdriver and Bit Set
Sears item #00947486000 Mfr. model #47486
Tri-wing Screw Bits (http://www.sears.com)

(Sorry, can't link page correctly)

mugs
04-27-2007, 08:18 PM
I got mine at Play-Asia.com I think. Reasonably quick. If you felt like driving a bit, I could lend it to you. Or if you want I could mail it to you and you could mail it back.

TheGizmo
04-27-2007, 08:20 PM
Originally posted by: PCMarcelino
Sears has them.
Craftsman 32 pc. Security Screwdriver and Bit Set
Sears item #00947486000 Mfr. model #47486
Tri-wing Screw Bits (http://www.sears.com)

(Sorry, can't link page correctly)

thanks for the effort, but unfortunately that is a bit that fits in a screwdriver or a drill.... the nintendo has the screw thats dipped down into a plastic casing that the bit won't fint into.. only a thinner screw driver will fit into the casing :-/ sucks.,.. just got back from Ace Hardware, and had the same problem there... they only have the bit

mugs
04-27-2007, 08:21 PM
Originally posted by: mugs
I got mine at Play-Asia.com I think. Reasonably quick. If you felt like driving a bit, I could lend it to you. Or if you want I could mail it to you and you could mail it back.

TheGizmo
04-27-2007, 08:24 PM
Originally posted by: mugs

Originally posted by: mugs
I got mine at Play-Asia.com I think. Reasonably quick. If you felt like driving a bit, I could lend it to you. Or if you want I could mail it to you and you could mail it back.



oh sweet :) i might have to take you up on that offer, thats real nice of you. I m gonna see what I Can dig up in the area tomorrow and if nothing I'll definately take you up on that. Thanks mugs :beer: for you

TheGizmo
04-27-2007, 10:50 PM
bump for the night crew....... anyone ever buy one of these from a store? i found it for $6 shipped via internet but i'd still rather try to get it done this weakend instead. mugs thanks for the offer, but it'll cost me more for you to mail it to me and me ship it back then buying one from play-asia. i do appreciate the offer though, that was nice of you. if you ever venture to south jersey we should get a beer :)

biggestmuff
04-27-2007, 11:31 PM
Craftsman and Lisle (http://www.lislecorp.com/index.cfm#) make the part you need. Try Sears, Ace, Napa, or any other parts stores.

TheGizmo
04-27-2007, 11:55 PM
Originally posted by: biggestmuff
Craftsman and Lisle (http://www.lislecorp.com/index.cfm#) make the part you need. Try Sears, Ace, Napa, or any other parts stores.

i'll check out sears tomorrow, tried Ace already.. is the part you're speaking of the bit for a driver or the actual screw driver? i've found the bit locally, but it won't fit into the hole that nintendo made.. its like a deep hole that will only allow a thin screwdriver to fit into, about 2 inches deep before the screw head. thanks

ShotgunSteven
04-28-2007, 12:36 AM
eBay. Same screws that Nintendo puts on most of their hardware including the portables, if I recall correctly.

TheGizmo
04-28-2007, 01:09 AM
Originally posted by: ShotgunSteven
eBay. Same screws that Nintendo puts on most of their hardware including the portables, if I recall correctly.

yea well like i mentioned two or three times in this thread, ive found it online in multiple places but im trying to find it locally so i have a project for the weakened.

eelw
04-28-2007, 01:17 AM
Originally posted by: TheGizmo

Originally posted by: biggestmuff
Craftsman and Lisle (http://www.lislecorp.com/index.cfm#) make the part you need. Try Sears, Ace, Napa, or any other parts stores.

i'll check out sears tomorrow, tried Ace already.. is the part you're speaking of the bit for a driver or the actual screw driver? i've found the bit locally, but it won't fit into the hole that nintendo made.. its like a deep hole that will only allow a thin screwdriver to fit into, about 2 inches deep before the screw head. thanks

Just do what I did, I trimmed with a blade the plastic away to make that hole larger so the triwing tip fit.

KPACOTKA
04-28-2007, 02:24 AM
I have Y shape screwdriver but do not remember where I got it. Hopefully I'll find Wii.

skywhr
04-28-2007, 02:32 AM
security bit? sears has both sets

slugg
04-28-2007, 11:07 AM
you can melt a bic pen into the shape and it worked for me when i modded a gamecube...

http://www.ps2fliptop.net/how_to_make_your_own_gamebit_scr.htm

enjoy :)

tomt4535
04-28-2007, 11:14 AM
Originally posted by: slugg
you can melt a bic pen into the shape and it worked for me when i modded a gamecube...

http://www.ps2fliptop.net/how_to_make_your_own_gamebit_scr.htm

enjoy :)

haha thats so crazy, but i bet it works great

TheGizmo
04-30-2007, 07:55 AM
Originally posted by: slugg
you can melt a bic pen into the shape and it worked for me when i modded a gamecube...

http://www.ps2fliptop.net/how_to_make_your_own_gamebit_scr.htm

enjoy :)

oh that is a pretty good idea.. unfortunately I just bought one on eBay before I read this.. I think i'll just wait for it, as I won't have much free time again til this weakend. Good tip to know though, for other screws in the future.. thanks

Kaido
04-30-2007, 08:02 AM
100-piece Security Bit set for $5.99 (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91310)

Harbor Freight to the rescue :)

SirStev0
04-30-2007, 08:13 AM
Originally posted by: Kaido
100-piece Security Bit set for $5.99 (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91310)

Harbor Freight to the rescue :)

that looks like a winner

Kaido
04-30-2007, 08:54 AM
Originally posted by: SirStev0

Originally posted by: Kaido
100-piece Security Bit set for $5.99 (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91310)

Harbor Freight to the rescue :)

that looks like a winner

Yeah, you can open anything with this set. Xbox, Wii, whatever. It's a cheap set of bits, but since you'll only be working on plastic game systems it's not a big deal.

chr6
04-30-2007, 11:46 AM
i got mine from foundmy.com, came free with the purchase of a wii part

TheKub
04-30-2007, 12:16 PM
Not to troll or anything but its "weekend". You got it wrong like 4 times.

I got mine at foundmy.com just like chr6. Didn't bother looking local.

JDub02
04-30-2007, 12:24 PM
Originally posted by: TheKub
Not to troll or anything but its "weekend". You got it wrong like 4 times.



I was thinking the same thing as I read this.

Dualist
04-30-2007, 12:51 PM
Originally posted by: Kaido
100-piece Security Bit set for $5.99 (http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91310)

Harbor Freight to the rescue :)

Nice, those types of screwdrivers are so hard to find, because they're rarely used.

purbeast0
04-30-2007, 12:55 PM
I got mine from modchipman when I ordered my wiinja deluxe, I think it was like $5 extra.

Lorax
04-30-2007, 01:03 PM
got mine from foundmy, should be noted that the triwing should have a narrow neck, as you need to get pretty deep for some of the screws.