Easy Pick Up Trick for Spilt Screws - Fine Homebuilding

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Theres a Better Way


Easy Pick Up Trick for Spilt Screws

comments (6) February 25th, 2010 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large


Produced by: John Ross, Edited by Cari Delahanty


—David Kali (thisoldhaole.com) from Kaneohe, Hawaii writes,

"The next time you’ve got to pick up a bunch of ferrous metal fasteners, washers or whatever, do this. Put a magnet of suitable strength in a plastic bag. Drag the bag/magnet (bagnet?) through the nails. When you’ve got bunch of nails sticking to the magnet, turn the bag inside out, and remove the magnet. The nails are trapped inside the bag."



posted in: Blogs, remodeling, restorations, cleanup

Comments (6)

trinity_too trinity_too writes: Maybe MFournier is a pro, but I read Fine Homebuilding to give me ideas on what to ask for when I hire a pro, what to look for to check the quality of their work, tips for my own life, and great how-to articles to give me the nerve to try house stuff on my own [which means FH doesn't only address _male_ pros!] . Congrats to FH for trying to cover all levels of expertise!
Posted: 10:37 am on March 8th

rhogb rhogb writes: Maby MFournier is a Pro but there are still a lot of "Pro" and not so pro out here that are always after tips that will make life a lot easier.

Seeing that he is such a Pro maybe he can tell everyone how to pick up all those alloy nails that the so called Pros seem to scatter about.
Posted: 4:03 am on March 8th

Kevin_D Kevin_D writes: I'm surprised that nobody has linked the tool that most people own. Most crews walk around picking up nails with this magnet tool on job sites. I've seen more than one flat tire on a job site. Link is below.

A large magnet is probably almost as much as this.

I do not own or endorse this brand, there are tons. This was the first that came up in google.

http://www.amazon.com/Rolling-Magnetic-Sweeper-Metal-Magnet/dp/B001CKWOJC
Posted: 3:20 pm on February 26th

ManKnit ManKnit writes: Thanks for the feedback MFournier. I guess we'll have to scrap that tip on how to push a broom :) In all seriousness though, a good portion of our audience is not professional (and not framers) so we try to serve all levels.
Posted: 12:47 pm on February 26th

MFournier MFournier writes: On solo deck framing tip.

Well this site turns more DIY oriented every day any professional framer learned that trick their first week on the job right after learning how to push a broom.
I know most tips are not revelations but I always thought Finehomebuiling's target market was the professional home builder and designer.

I suppose it is a good tip for the newbie.
Posted: 12:37 pm on February 26th

Robrehm Robrehm writes: Some one take that can of spray foam away from him.
Posted: 7:03 pm on February 25th

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