If you’ve ever had to pick up the nails littering the ground after tearing off an old roof or to snag the bits of metal that can accumulate on a job site, this broom is for you. As shown in the drawing, I modified a defunct push broom by affixing a 1×3 to the broom’s head. To this 1×3, I attached 10 1-in.-dia. rare-earth magnets (leevalley.com). These magnets are astonishingly strong; each one can lift a 30-lb. block of steel. The magnets fit into steel cups (also available from Lee Valley) that are screwed to the 1×3.
—Mike Nathan, Hailey, Idaho