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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:15 am
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Having a strong magnet around makes it real easy to find small ferrous metal parts when they jump off the repair table and hide in the carpet.
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tombo242
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:17 pm
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Dead right there D T,

Even easier when the magnet is on a rod, you can poke in, under and around things far easier.

Tom.
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admiral
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:10 pm
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I'm seriously thinking about getting one of these, although I think rouge screws would be easier to see on a plain background.

http://www.hexcrews.com/search.aspx?find=hexdek
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:59 am
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If something is Really hiding from me I break out an old VCR tape bulk eraser. It's a 110 Volt electro magnet and it'll find anything so long as it's not plastic or aluminum...
Most often just waving around a small disc magnet I picked up at the local home center does the trick.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:17 pm
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Cool

Last edited by Trouble on Thu May 19, 2011 7:03 pm; edited 1 time in total
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solentlife
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:34 am
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Magnet is no good when crews are stainless ...

Tip for those who lose screws and then cannot see them :

Get a strong flashlight .... shine it ALONG the floor.... you get down so eye is sighting ALONG floor ....
Slowly swing that light and eye across the floor ...

It's amazing that then that screw / tiny bit shows up much better ...

What amazes is which direction and distance the little critters go !!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:00 am
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What amazes is which direction and distance the little critters go !!

you are so right. they have the jumping ability of fleas.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:51 am
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AND ... it may land in your lap or on your foot .... you go to pick it up ............ like magic it's away !!

I keep meaning to spread a sheet or work inside a large box .... but why is it that I only remember this when I've already started work and lost a screw !! Rolling Eyes
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admiral
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:59 pm
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Hi All,

This is working for me, except as solentlife say for anything stainless it's also a bugger if you drop a washer on it you can't grip it to pick it up



thats sitting vertical.

Available though www.cowrc.com
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FlyDoc
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2011 11:32 am
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Admiral, that magnetic board looks way cool!

I use a garage sweeper magnet-on-a-stick from the local home supply store. Even gets some of the cheap Chinese low-alloy "stainless" off the floor.

Micro Mark sells a "Jeweler's Apron" that attaches to the worktable and catches the little buggers on the way down.

One piece of advice from painful experience repairing model train engines (lots of 00-90 brass screws and tiny springs) - NEVER work over shag carpet! Smile

Doc
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