Drywall Screw Pickup Tip
I find many of the tips really useful, so I thought I’d return the favor.
Ever spill a mess of drywall screws and prick your fingers picking up the sharp little suckers? Well, to quote a well known tipster: “There’s a better way!”
Get a tin can and a magnet. Make sure the magnet will stick to the can. The stronger the magnet the better. Drop the magnet into the can so that it sticks to the inside bottom of the can. Put the now-magnetized can on top of the screws and lift. Each time you do so, screws will stick to the bottom of the can. Hold the can over a container with one hand, and lift out the magnet with the other. The screws will drop into the container. Repeat until all screws are retrieved.
If the screws are all over the floor, use this variation (much easier on my old knees and back). Tie a string to the magnet first, then place it inside, on the bottom of the can, and drop the can onto the pile of screws. Use the string to lift the can and the screws come with it. Again, lift out the magnet to drop the screws and repeat as necessary.
No more bloody fingertips. Works safely and painlessly every time.
Pickin' up screws 1
Pickin' up screws 2
Pickin' up screws 3