Exploding Screwdriver




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In this Instructable, I made an exploding screwdriver or a noise maker.

I really can't think a name for this thing.

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Step 1:

I used a small screwdriver with changeable bits.

After removing the clip, I cut a rubber band in half and tied it to a screw.

To make sure rubber band would not slip off the screw, it was secured with heat-shrink tubing.

I tied the other end of a rubber band to the screwdriver, and wrapped it with an electrical tape.

Step 2:

Then I glued some feathers with a hot glue.

Now load the screwdriver with sulphur or 1-3 "heads of matches without the wood" and insert the screw.

Throw the screwdriver in the air, when it will land on a hard surface, there should be an explosion.

Feathers will make the screwdriver fall with the shaft down.

Rubber band is there to hold the screw and to prevent losing it on explosion.

Cheap way to make some noise only with matches and a screwdriver.

Make sure the screw you use is not sharp.

I think it's pretty safe "toy", but only you can be the judge, so do it at your own risk.

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    3 years ago

    very clever and pretty effective overall!

    I sure like this screwdriver idea - so will my grandkids (hee-hee!). We used to do all sorts of things with those red cap-gun-caps. Our school desks were one piece. The seat folded up and down, resting on heavy-duty iron braces when in use. Trouble-makers used to set one or two caps on each iron ledge and wait for an unsuspecting kid to get in trouble when s/he dropped the seat down and the loud Bang! followed!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    yes I can think of a name for this is called Dangerous!! First the noise and then if it blows up in someone's face they have to go to the hospital- or burns from their fingers..Do not try this at home!! I don't know about anyone else but I like all my fingers intact-thank you!! Yes I have experimented with gunpowder and -flaming liuid- fired cannons to make noise. I still have all my fingers-just a word of caution to anyone that is going to try this.

    17 replies

    I don't find it dangerous at all.

    It's like one of those cap guns that you shoot to make some noise. Explosion might be bigger, but you don't hold it in the hand. You throw it in the air and step away.

    Like "Mr_o_uk" said, he had something very similar as a kid.

    Anyway, thanks for the comment.

    It's up to individuals to decide if it's something they want to make or not.

    I dont think it's dangerous either..
    As kids, I and my friends in the village used to play with a similar home made toy, but an upscaled version. We used sparkplug, a bolt, and plastic rope as tail.. our's needed at least 10 sticks at least! sometimes we'd go to half a matchbox, we also needed the ignition paper (i'm not sure what you call these, the sides of the matchbox usually has it, just rip some off) to seal the sulphur and act as igniter on impact.
    All we get is a loud bang.. If we played at night we'd see a tiny bit of spark, nothing that could burn anyone unless maybe if you play in the gas station.. :D
    Thanks for sharing!

    p.s. Here's an image to show our tipical version:
    To explain abit: the sparkplug needs to be modified, remove the spark tip and the ceramic shaft, here's the detailed images of construction: http://www.kaskus.co.id/show_post/51dcb8ff7e12437c63000014/268/-

    Now I understand. When "dmaz.culz" first mentioned spark plugs, I did not understand how would that work, but now I do. It does look very similar.

    A part about playing in the gas station made me laugh :)



    Reply 4 years ago

    Your ible inspired me to make it again.. :)
    Two matchstick's head make a good bang already, 5 was really loud..
    And about sulphur, i'm pretty sure i smell it in the matches in this part of the world.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Well, It depends where you live. In UK or Spain you can get them in a Pound Land. (in Spain it's called "Dealz"), In USA, you will find similar screwdrivers in Wallmart.

    eBay is another place to get them. Search for "MICRO SCREWDRIVER". If it's for making this "toy", better get a screwdriver with longer bits, so the screw does not fall out. Screwdriver I used was not perfect. Another option than works great is a connecting bolt. You should be able to find similar screwdrivers in any hardware shop.


    I keep seeing these warnings for a number of years now- "Do not try this at home!" So I have decided I will honor that warning, how about your house, the park any where but home.

    The next thing I see is this product is known to cause cancer in California, then again I decided I won't use that product in California.

    Thank you for letting me be sarcastic.

    But I am now seventy and most of us grew that up before all these laws and EPA and I venture to say that the survival rate for kids in the 40s 50s 60s is now any worse that for the kids in the 90s and the 2000s.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    WE took our cap pistols to school, we pointed our finger and said bang-bang you're dead. No one ever died from a loaded finger or cap pistol. We had a pocket knife in our pocket. Yep, I know we had more fun.

    To if you take a couple bites out of a sandwich and the left over shape is similar to a gun you get suspended. I suppose I am in the wrong forum for this, sorry, just had to say.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    You never had any intent to harm anyone , just having fun . Progressives do not like that .

    I carried a gun to school most of my high school years , along with a vest full of cartridges with my hunting license pinned to it . In spite of all the fights I got into I never even thought of getting out to my car and arming me . Never saw a gun at a fight , and most were without any kind of weapon .

    Kids in schools today should be taught firearms safety , and basic marksmanship . Competitions between schools would be great , and I believe that using guns in crime would be reduced , if kids were taught to use guns responsibly .


    Wow, I'm glad to see that this thread has more comments on the "be responsible" side than the "panic and remove all risk" side! I think the thing that bugs me most is that it wasn't all that long ago that if you showed up at school without a PEN knife, you couldn't write your lessons. Now, if you take a pair of nail clippers to school you risk suspension.

    This looks like a fun little project, I've never seen a screwdriver like that, but I tend not to look at tools in Walmart, I might have to hold my nose and take a quick look.

    Do they still sell caps or are they now deemed too DANGEROUS? I'm thinking the plastic ones that used to go in revolver cap guns, not the paper rolls. One of these on the end of the screw would be simpler to load.