Good grief. Anybody that passed science class in elementary school can
MAKE a magnetized screwdriver in seconds!
All you need to do is drag the screwdriver tip across a magnet a few
times. Just make sure to drag it in the same direction each time, and
use a strong magnet like one from the back of a speaker.
My screwdriver magnetizer is a pair of magnets held together with two
o-rings. Dragging a screwdriver across it will demagnetize the
I dragged a screwdriver across a strong button refrigerator magnet in
two ways. Neither magnetized it. I dragged it across a flat
rectangular refrigerator magnet. It still wouldn't pick up a steel
Sticking a screwdriver through the hole in a speaker magnet would
probably work, but I don't know how strongly a given speaker magnet
would magnetize a given screwdriver. I can count on the inexpensive
device I bought for the purpose. It has a hole an inch long.
On Jul 29, 11:27 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (David Combs) wrote:
#1 is the only one you'll need, but I'll toss out a few extras.
1- Use Scotch tape the hold screw to the screw driver tip.
2 - Use Velcro on the bottom of the can.
3 - Balance the screw on the tip of the screwdriver. Turn the can
upside down, screw the screw through the can. Holding the head against
the bottom of the can with the screwdrive, flip it over and put the
screw in the hole in the shelf. Screw it down.
4 - Stop being so clumsy.
$20 shouldn't break the bank- I'd buy a magnetic electric
screwdriver-- or magnetize a screwdriver.
40 years ago I would have farted around for hours like you're doing--
and frustrated the hell out of myself in the process.
Now, if I was in your situation, I'd wait until the next time I'm in a
department, hardware, or big-box store and buy myself the right tool
for the job. Depending on how I felt that day it might be a $100
screwdriver set with a gazillion fittings to drive everything from
screws to nuts-- or a $1 magnet to magnetize my old beat up
if I was in a rush, I might try a little beeswax on the head of the
screwdriver to see if it would hold the screw. [or slap a refrigerator
magnet on the screwdriver, near the tip. That might magnetize it
enough to hold a screw]
Hey, that's a good one!
Since I got stung by a big bee last week, with life-long allergic
reaction causing ear to swell way up, and then a course of antibiotics,
there's got to be a hive nearby, full of beeswax!
Super idea -- I'm not even going to read the rest of the thread,
I'm heading out right now to go find it!
Go to Office Depot and pick up some double sided sticky foam
tape. It comes in different thicknesses or you can layer it.
I have tons of the stuff because it comes with all kinds of
telecom gear that I have installed. It can be amazingly strong
when used correctly. I can't imagine that your pencil holders
will be subjected to extreme forces requiring epoxy or mechanical
fasteners. Heck, use Velcro so you can easily empty any crap
that invariably collects in pencil holders.
That would be my suggestion. Velcro strip wrapped all the way around
the can and a piece on he wall and it's done. You can put the can back
with your eyes closed. I use those small red plastic coffee cans.
Light and hold a lot.
Yeah, that velcro-on-the-BOTTOM idea is really good.
Now the wrap-AROUND-the-can (and stick to the wall) --
that opens other possibilities of where to put the can!
And leaves me more room for books, too!
I use a lot of Velcro when installing network systems. The patch
cables often have to be moved around and on some of the devices
I use adhesive backed Velcro so the items can be repositioned
on a backboard or side of a rack. It can save an expensive piece
of equipment if someone snags a cable.
Actually, I'd prefer that you second my first suggestion.
A small piece of tape holding the screw to the driver allows for the
positioning of any screw at any angle, even straight down - no
Sure, you need an extra piece of "equipment" (tape) but that's a trick
I've been using since my days as an Electronics Tech in the USCG many
(many) years ago.
The screwdrivers with the claws work pretty good too, but the tape
allows for access to much smaller areas.
Or, put a sheet metal screw through the shelf from the bottom.
Make the pilot hole in the can.
Screw the can down over the sheet metal screw. Most likely friction
with the wood will keep it from turning. But if not, hold it with a
screwdriver. The advantage of this method is easy removal.
But that's not how I'd do it.
I'd use a hot glue gun. Put a quick dab of glue on the shelf, stick
the can down, done. Secure, but easily removable.
Probably a good suggestion, but I (no carpenter, me) have no idea what
you're talking about.
What's a "framing nailer", and also to "toenail" somelthing?
(No answer, and I'll go to my expert friend, wikipedia, and
get it there.)
Gorilla Glue also seems to be removable. It sets up in a couple of hours.
Long ago, I spent a dollar or two on a screwdriver magnetizer at Radio
Shack. That way I can magnetize my favorite screwdrivers when needed.
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