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Old 04-27-2007, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default Where to buy a Tri-Wing Screwdriver (Ie. Nintendo Wii Proprietary screwdriver)?? local please

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.


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Old 04-27-2007, 06:57 PM   #2
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Try sears?
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Old 04-27-2007, 06:57 PM   #3
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Try sears, lots of craftsman screwdrivers
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Old 04-27-2007, 06:57 PM   #4
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Ace Hardware or True Value will almost for sure have it.
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:03 PM   #5
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i'll try Ace, they're right around the corner Thanks
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:08 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:15 PM   #7
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Sears has them.
Craftsman 32 pc. Security Screwdriver and Bit Set
Sears item #00947486000 Mfr. model #47486
Tri-wing Screw Bits

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Old 04-27-2007, 07:18 PM   #8
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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.
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:20 PM   #9
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Craftsman 32 pc. Security Screwdriver and Bit Set
Sears item #00947486000 Mfr. model #47486
Tri-wing Screw Bits

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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
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:21 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:24 PM   #11
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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
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:50 PM   #12
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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
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:31 PM   #13
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Craftsman and Lisle make the part you need. Try Sears, Ace, Napa, or any other parts stores.
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:55 PM   #14
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Craftsman and Lisle 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
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eBay. Same screws that Nintendo puts on most of their hardware including the portables, if I recall correctly.
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Old 04-28-2007, 12:09 AM   #16
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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.
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Craftsman and Lisle 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.
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:24 AM   #18
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I have Y shape screwdriver but do not remember where I got it. Hopefully I'll find Wii.
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security bit? sears has both sets
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Old 04-28-2007, 10:07 AM   #20
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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_mak...amebit_scr.htm

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Old 04-28-2007, 10:14 AM   #21
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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_mak...amebit_scr.htm

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haha thats so crazy, but i bet it works great
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:55 AM   #22
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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_mak...amebit_scr.htm

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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
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Old 04-30-2007, 07:02 AM   #23
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100-piece Security Bit set for $5.99

Harbor Freight to the rescue
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100-piece Security Bit set for $5.99

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that looks like a winner
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100-piece Security Bit set for $5.99

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.
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