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Old 05-13-2011, 07:13 AM
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Magnet on a broomstick...


This isn't a normal tool thread, but I had to post it because it
worked so well. (It won't fit in a toolbox however. )

Yesterday I dropped a bolt way down in the bellhousing area
of the Bronco I was working on. I could see it but not reach it
with anything, since it had fallen into a crevice.

After lots of contemplation and head-scratching, I took a broomstick
and duct taped a magnet on the end. With this 'tool', it took about
3 seconds to retrieve the bolt...

If you ever get in a bind like this with a dropped bolt, give it a try.

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Old 05-13-2011, 07:33 AM
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That's why they make a telescoping magnet tool. I've got one that will pick up a 1/2 in ratchet, no problem. (fits in the tool box too).
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:27 AM
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This isn't a normal tool thread, but I had to post it because it
worked so well. (It won't fit in a toolbox however. )

Yesterday I dropped a bolt way down in the bellhousing area
of the Bronco I was working on. I could see it but not reach it
with anything, since it had fallen into a crevice.

After lots of contemplation and head-scratching, I took a broomstick
and duct taped a magnet on the end. With this 'tool', it took about
3 seconds to retrieve the bolt...

If you ever get in a bind like this with a dropped bolt, give it a try.
Hey if you haven't got the store bought you make one, BRILLIANT! Now that you know how valuable it is check out the stuff that is available at the parts store or tool dept. My favorite is an aluminum wire with a magnet at the end. The wire can be bent into any shape and stays there (unlike the flexible spring style which are worthless in my opinion) it is my favorite of these tools.

Brian

I don't know why the only way they show this tool is using this stupid photo. It makes the viewer think that it stays in this shape. Dumb! It straightens out and you can bend it into any shape.


http://www.mannix-inst.com/Products/...or__MB560.aspx
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Nice Brian.
I hate the way most Mag tools stick to everything but what you're trying to retrieve.

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I have a Claw tool as well, works on brass and dont stick to nothin.
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I have a Claw tool as well, works on brass and dont stick to nothin.
My wife calls that my Old Man's Tool!

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1000+1 uses for magnets around the shop

This could be a great thread,I love magnets....Anyone ever try to use a yard stick to draw a straight line on a car or take measurements and make marks?Well you can hold the yard stick up there and line it up just where it needs to be but when you reach for the marker it moves or falls ,you need a third hand....
When I was at Lowes I found some some nickle size magnets and I taped one to one end of my aluminum yard stick ,now it stays in place so I can make my marks.....
Also as a side benifit ,I accidently found out that now I can stick the yard stick on the car right next to where I'm working so its not laying on the floor and being coverd by tools and being tangled up by electrical cords....great for replacing door bottoms.And sheet metal work...

Years ago I used to cut up those magnetic signs into 1"strips and use them to hold down plastic covers when spot painting cars worked waaaay better than masking tape,,,Now you can guy them at the paint store...
I'm sure some of you guys have come with some pretty clever uses for magnets around the shop...
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My son came up with a set of flexible magnetic rulers in 12, 24, 36 and 48 inches lengths. These are great for getting correct distances around curves and various shapes as well as laying out straight cut lines over unusual shapes. They would also work great for DBM's plastic hold down as long as you cover them up. I have various sizes of magnetic corners that I use to hold a straight edge in place to guide my not so straight hand while wielding the plasma cutter. Much faster than clamps.

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any body put magnets on their cars oil filters????? or tranny pans???
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I have a friend who is an elevator repair man and years ago he gave me a bunch of REAL strong magnets he got at work that I have used to hold my fire blankets on cars.

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To everything good there is an evil side you need to anticipate so it won't be a surprise you might have to deal with later.

Bigger tires = speedo is off
Bigger cam= less vacuum
Better gears= less mileage

More magnets = I can't remember what color our refrigerator is!
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Magnets..... I have to tell a funny thing that happened to me back in the engineering days.

I had designed an air handling system with a metal trap using a very strong rare earth magnet. It arrived one day and was dropped off at my desk. I unwrapped it and had it resting on my lap...all 10 pounds of it, when the phone rang. Naturally I rolled my chair forward under the desk. Just as I picked up the phone the magnet came close to the bottom of the center drawer of the desk and ...WHAM it stuck itself firmly and loudly to the bottom of the desk drawer.

Pry as I could I could not get it off the drawer. I finally had to take the drawer off and go out to the shop where we managed to wedge a screwdriver under the magnet and slipped it onto a piece of plywood. It was still stuck hard but we slid it over the edge of the drawer and finally broke the tension.

And so another lesson learned the hard way....respect those big magnets.
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I have a friend who is an elevator repair man and years ago he gave me a bunch of REAL strong magnets he got at work that I have used to hold my fire blankets on cars.

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Perfect for holding a welding blanket to cover a door opening ...
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Magnets..... I have to tell a funny thing that happened to me back in the engineering days.

I had designed an air handling system with a metal trap using a very strong rare earth magnet. It arrived one day and was dropped off at my desk. I unwrapped it and had it resting on my lap...all 10 pounds of it, when the phone rang. Naturally I rolled my chair forward under the desk. Just as I picked up the phone the magnet came close to the bottom of the center drawer of the desk and ...WHAM it stuck itself firmly and loudly to the bottom of the desk drawer.

Pry as I could I could not get it off the drawer. I finally had to take the drawer off and go out to the shop where we managed to wedge a screwdriver under the magnet and slipped it onto a piece of plywood. It was still stuck hard but we slid it over the edge of the drawer and finally broke the tension.

And so another lesson learned the hard way....respect those big magnets.
nowdays you can buy super magnets that are very small and super strong they come with a very serious warnings and can be very dangerous....
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Perfect for holding a welding blanket to cover a door opening ...
Heck yeah, it really works well. I have had this five or six magnets he gave me for about 25 years! I have used them for other things like holding templates and stuff too. They are pretty handy to have around.

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