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Extrastrength magnetic screw holder

On a recent job, my crew and I framed partitions in a basement with 31/8-in. Torx screws (15 lb. of them). To help speed things up, we taped rare-earth magnets to the sides of our bit-holder sleeves. The powerful magnetic attraction provided by these little rod-shaped magnets made it easy to keep the screw and driver together, allowing one hand to hold the stud in place while the other ran the screw gun. If your local hardware store doesn’t carry them, try www.leevalley.com for rare-earth magnets.