Hey, THAT'S scary! "REMOVABLE"? Geez, I've been RELYING on that
stuff sticking FOREVER!
Too bad, the Radio Shack of long ago has no resemblance to the Radio
Shack of today! Man, I have this big (analog, of course) VOM that
I bought whata, 40 years ago, 50?, and it still works PERFECTABLY today.
No longer possible.
With luck, they'll still sell something like that.
But a lot cheaper to use a strong refrig-magnet, to either
I've found it to be strong, but soft enough to cut loose.
It looks as if Ace Hardware has the same item for $2, and they'll ship
it to you for another $3.
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
To magnetize a screwdriver, you need one pole near the tip and the other
pole up the shaft. I think a bar or horseshoe magnet would work but not
a refrigerator magnet.
The device I purchased doesn't have much of an external magnetic field,
so it minds its own business in my toolbox until I need it.
Occasionally, magnetism in a screwdriver is a nuisance. I have used the
tool to demagnetize, but laying a screwdriver on a transformer is
probably more effective.
On Jul 30, 7:18 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (David Combs) wrote:
You are fixated on putting the screw inside the can pointing down.
Instead, put the screw through the shelf pointing up.
The advantage is you have plenty of room to work and good
Pick a screw long enough to stick up maybe a half inch (or centimeter
if you're so inclined) past the shelf. I'm thinking a sheet metal
self tapper would be a good choice.
Then make a small hole in the can, just big enough to insert the tip
of the screw. You'll be able to find the hole with the screw easily,
you can feel when you get to the right spot. Once you have the hole
in the can over the screw, just twist the can and it will screw itself
down over the screw. Sheet metal self tappers are designed to thread
themselves into thin metal.
If you ever need to remove it, just grab the outside of the can and
Doing it the other way, with the screw inside the can, means you have
the same problem removing it as you did getting it on.
I know! Use a square 1/4" bit to drill a square hole through the bottom
of the can and the shelf. Then stick a 1/4-20 x 1-1/4 carriage bolt in
the can, lower it into the hole in the shelf, and apply a nut under the
Yes, this idea was suggested once before, way up in the thread.
But a problem now comes to me:
AD I put the can, now right-side-up, down near the wood,
I can't SEE the wood-hole. Not even with a flashlight,
because the angle-of-view is too nearly flat.
And sliding around the can, with the screw sticking out
the bottom, feeling for the hole, won't work for me,'
because the wood (pine) grabs onto the screw-point
wherever it hits the wood.
(Were the surface steel, no sweat, since the point
would slide freely until falling into the hole.)
On Jul 30, 7:14 pm, email@example.com (David Combs) wrote:
re: "I can't SEE the wood-hole"
You know, this is getting scary.
You keep knocking the can off the shelf, you can't find the hole in
the shelf, you can't get the screw in the hole in the can, etc. etc.
What exactly do you do in this shop of yours?
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