Homemade Nintendo Screwdrivers

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Homemade Nintendo Screwdrivers
Turn one of these into a screwdriver. (pen image by Zbigniew Nowak from Fotolia.com)

Nintendo uses a tamper-resistant screw that requires a tri-wing screwdriver to open. The tri-wing screw is triangular in shape, just as the name suggests, and the screwdrivers are usually not sold in hardware stores. You can buy a tri-wing screwdriver online and they are cheap. However, if you feel comfortable doing things yourself, you can have a homemade screwdriver in just minutes.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Clear plastic ballpoint pen
  • Small gas torch

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  1. 1

    Take apart your ballpoint pen. Keep the clear outside shell.

  2. 2

    Heat the narrow end of the pen until it becomes soft. If it catches on fire, let the pen burn for a second and then blow out the flame.

  3. 3

    Gently press the soft end of the pen into the head of a tri-wing screw on your Nintendo gaming system. After it forms to the screw head's shape, remove it and let it cool.

  4. 4

    After the pen cools, insert the formed end into the tri-wing screw and turn it counter-clockwise.

Tips and warnings

  • Be extremely careful with the melting plastic. If the burning plastic contacts your skin, it will stick like glue and continue to burn you.

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