Forgot to follow up sooner, but just mentioned the 200' or so of base,
shoe and crown molding I put up, and that reminded me.
Somebody here mentioned hard drive magnets.
Stuck a piece of masking tape on one, because it's pretty thin and I
was dropping it.
Then I just lightly ran it on the walls.ceiling with my thumb on it
and the tape tucked between my thumb and forefinger.
You can move it fast too. I used light pressure because it was brand
new paint. Circular pattern of about a foot moving along.
Beat the hell out of my 2 studfinders.
And some studs weren't where I expected, especially near doors.
Stops dead when it runs over a nail/screw.
Then I stuck a little piece of masking tape there and moved on.
Saved me a whole lot of time.
Nifty trick, eh? I use some of the little neodymium magnets with the
countersunk hole in them (alarm installer's use them a lot) to mark
out the exact center of a screw. The countersunk magnet is about the
same size as the head of a drywall screw, and it almost self-centers
on the screw, then I just make a mark with a pencil through the
center. Then I can dig out the Philips recess with a dental tool and
back the screw out cleanly.
I now use this as standard procedure when I have to gain access
through drywall. I've removed a 30" x 48" piece (including the taped
joint between boards), did the work, and was able to reinstall it
using the same screw holes. It made patching the access hole a snap.
Like half of my Christmas projects! ;)
There's a good company - K&J Magnetics. Found the guy through eBay,
but their web site has all the information and a nifty magnetic field
calculator which helps you figure out the magnetic force based on a
particular magnet at a particular distance. Very useful when
embedding magnets and requiring a specific force to hold a load.
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