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Topic: Magnet Trick...and MORE!!  (Read 723 times)
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« on: May 04, 2009 11:34:43 PM »

I just read a post by Blondgirl about picking up pins with a magnet and a plastic baggie.  Great idea, but I must have really strong magnets or really crappy baggies, because when ever I have tried this the magnet tries to pull the pins through the plastic and the bag tears.  So I was inspired to share my solution with you guys.  I switched to a big square of fabric, and it worked great.  I wouldn't have kept them in the baggie anyways, so it worked for me.   I also make use of one of those magnets on a telescoping wand.  I got a good, heavy-duty one from a car parts store (intended for mechanics) and its strong enough to pick up heavier objects like scissors and such.  I used some Gorilla Glue or E6000 to glue some metal washers onto my plastic tools, so that if I drop them, I can pick them up with it, too.  This has saved me so much time from having to stop in the middle of a project, move my chair, move the ironing board, move this, move that (see its painful just reading about it!) to crawl under the  table to get something.  Not to mention things that fall BEHIND stuff and are completely out of reach without moving furniture!   I also got one of those Gopher Grabbers, you know, the kind you see for elderly or handicapped people.  I don't know about you, but I have my chair on carpet and it does not roll well.  One of those plastic mats is not an option (long story), so these 2 tools have been a major time (and back) saver for me.  I don't just use them for things I dropped, either.  I have gotten really good with the grabber, and can open drawers with it and pick out what I need.  If I ever become handicapped (or elderly HAHA!) I'll already be a PRO!
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