A spudger (or sometimes spludger) is a wiring tool used for poking or adjusting small wires or components, generally in the electronics and telecommunications industries. A typical spudger is an insulating stick, either wooden or plastic, with a flat screwdriver-like blade at one end and a point or hook at the other end.
The most common modern spudger is a black or yellow nylon stick with a metal hook at one end. Various versions have blunt, sharpened, or insulated hooks. The hook can be used for pulling bridge clips from 66 blocks, manipulating wires in a crowded wire wrap block, or setting DIP switches. The body of a plastic spudger is usually contoured to offer a better grip. Some spudgers are made of orangewood, used in electronics assembly and soldering because of its heat tolerance and dense grain. The same orangewood sticks are commonly used in filmmaking, manicure and pedicure, but these industries do not use the term "spudger."
The spudger is called a non-marring nylon black stick tool or simply black stick in many electronics repair manuals, where it is the recommended tool for prying open certain laptops, audio file players, keyboards, LCDs and other tight fitting electronic enclosures and assemblies.
1425–75; late Middle English spuddle (“short knife”).
- E.R. Haan, Radio Testing and Trouble Shooting, Part I, Popular Mechanics, Vol. 49, No. 5 (May 1928); pages 834-836. See page 835, column 1, for a discussion of spudgers.
- Bell System Practices, Section 074-257-117, Tools, Spudgers - Description, Issue 2, May 1978.
- Hometech Products Twisted Pair Spudger Tool
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