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Old 11-10-2012, 01:41 PM   #1
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Stinky Screwdrivers ... any cure ?

I recently bought some used Craftsman screwdrivers at a moving sale. They are the clear plastic handles with red and blue bands... the usual ones from 1970's I would guess. Anyway, the handles had started to age and turn white on the surface. The only problem is that the plastic handles emit an unpleasant odor. It is sufficient so as to contaminate the other tools in the toolbox. I am not sure that Sears would exchange them since they are still functional.

I wonder if anyone has found a cure for the odor ?

I washed them in diesel and will air them out for the winter.

Too bad they had been stored in an air-tight toolbox.
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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sure do!!! handles stinking?..reason enough to take 'em back. exchange 'em for new at...ta dah SEARs! the craftsman logo still carrys a lifetime guarantee. and handles should not smell! if some sales person wants to give you a hard time, just tell 'em you work in hospitals- that should smooth things out......mediocre tools but exchanging screwdrivers has put me miles ahead on my org. purchase, 35years ago!!!

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Old 11-10-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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I recently bought some used Craftsman screwdrivers at a moving sale. They are the clear plastic handles with red and blue bands... the usual ones from 1970's I would guess. Anyway, the handles had started to age and turn white on the surface. The only problem is that the plastic handles emit an unpleasant odor. It is sufficient so as to contaminate the other tools in the toolbox. I am not sure that Sears would exchange them since they are still functional.

I wonder if anyone has found a cure for the odor ?

I washed them in diesel and will air them out for the winter.

Too bad they had been stored in an air-tight toolbox.
Got the same thing in my toolbox. Be interested to see the answer..
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:37 PM   #4
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It's an ongoing joke between my brothers and I to enjoy that Craftsman screw-driver smell. Hold one up to your nose, take a big long whiff.. Ah...

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Old 11-10-2012, 06:15 PM   #5
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Must be pretty bad if diesel fuel is an improvement.
You could hit Sears tool department and hope for a sympathetic sales person who will warrant them. You could break them one at a time and exchange them over time, or you could dip the handles in some of that plastic coating stuff they sell at HF and seal them.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:27 PM   #6
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Yeah, could always try some plasti-dip over the handles...
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:30 PM   #7
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The last time I turned screwdriver tool handles white was when they were accidentally dunked in gasoline for a few days.

I'd try scrubbing with Dawn. If that doesn't work, try a little mineral spirits. As a last resort, you could chuck up a sanding drum in the Dremel and take a few thousandths off, then repolish them.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:32 PM   #8
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I just went & found one, and by God-you're right, it's a stinky little bugger. Never noticed it before, but I don't keep them all together in a drawer. Mine are allowed to range free, and are sometimes hard to round up, so the smell isn't as concentrated.


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Old 11-10-2012, 06:38 PM   #9
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Break the tips off. Yep it goes against everything an honest tool turner knows, It only hurts until you have the new tools in your garage at home. It took me almost a week to sack up and break some Snap-0n stuff.
Round off the tips of the + drivers and snap off the - drivers. Sears will change them out.
Do you have the full set? They will question you if you want to exchange 4 drivers for a set of 8. Either take in a full set or take in a few singles at a time.
My buddy snapped a craftsman level in half, took a half each to seperate sears and came out with 2 levels.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:35 PM   #10
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My buddy snapped a craftsman level in half, took a half each to seperate sears and came out with 2 levels.
Not cool. That's what makes tool suppliers stop giving free no-questions-asked replacements.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:45 PM   #11
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break the tips off. Yep it goes against everything an honest tool turner knows, it only hurts until you have the new tools in your garage at home. It took me almost a week to sack up and break some snap-0n stuff.
Round off the tips of the + drivers and snap off the - drivers. Sears will change them out.
Do you have the full set? They will question you if you want to exchange 4 drivers for a set of 8. Either take in a full set or take in a few singles at a time.
My buddy snapped a craftsman level in half, took a half each to seperate sears and came out with 2 levels.


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Old 11-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #12
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Sears will replace them....

It is the plastic in the handles breaking down, and is characteristic of the plastic, cellulose acetate butyrate.

High temperatures make it worse, but it will show up at room temperature given time.


Butyric acid. Spoiled butter smell. Puke, especially baby puke. Butyric acid is common in butter, only it is combined with glycerol in triglycerides. When it decomposes, the butric acid is released. Same in the handles.



Butyric acid is a component of vomit. Its unpleasant smell has made it a useful stink bomb for non-lethal political attacks. It has been used to attack whaling boats and taint the whale meat, so that it cannot be consumed. It has also been used in a large number of attacks on abortion clinics.

I have a few older Craftsman screwdrivers, where the handles are getting a waxy like coating on them over time. It can be scraped off with my fingernail but it looks like crap. It's a white-ish waxy substance, I can't seem to get it off with a wet rag or mild chemicals, I'm sure a wire brush will get it to come off but ruin the plastic handle in the process.

What is this? And any idea how to get rid of the stuff?

It's the plastic polymer breaking down. There's nothing you can do to get rid of it, short of replacing the tool or the handle. All you can do is try to slow down the process.

Here's some information from a previous thread about plastic handles:

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...4&postcount=18

I'd guess your screwdriver handles look similar to the one I showed in the photo. I'd further bet that your waxy screwdriver handles have a slight vinegar odor, even though you didn't mention such.

The waxy substance is a form of acetic acid. It's a skin irritant, so it would be best to wear gloves while handling the tools covered with it. The best way to remove it from the handles would be with a fine Scotchbrite pad, or a brass or fiber brush (by hand, not power). Then just wipe with a dry cloth.

The waxy, chalky, cloudy substance will ultimately return--there's no stopping it once it starts--but you can slow the process by storing the affected items in open air, not closed up in a tool box, and in as cool, dry, and dark a location as possible.


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Old 11-10-2012, 09:25 PM   #13
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The transparent Craftsman screwdriver handles smell like barf. Even brand new. That's the way it will always be. Don't fuck with tradition.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:09 PM   #14
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[QUOTE=Iwantabikesobad;20016833
My buddy snapped a craftsman level in half, took a half each to seperate sears and came out with 2 levels.[/QUOTE]




So,.... you have a buddy that is a liar and a thief.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:00 PM   #15
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do NOT trade them in.... the new Craftsman Phillips drivers are total crap. they look ok but will only work on the easy screws. any screw that is "in there" will not come out with the C-man drivers,,,, they just cam out of the slots, where a Snap On or even an old style C-man will do the work.

if the stink bothers you, cut off the plastic an make a new handle. the new Craftsman drivers are a waste of money to buy and a severe downgrade on a trade in.
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