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Old 09-20-2017, 01:17 AM
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So, tonight, while working on one of my latest projects, I found it necessary to put lock washers and nuts on the blind end of some bolts, inside of a square tube. After fumbling with the washer a few times and having it fall off of the bolt, while also holding the nut at ready, I thought there must be a simple way to accomplish the task. I grabbed a nearby magnet, removed from a hard drive, and placed it on the bolt head, slipped the washer on the bolt end, and easily ran on the nut, while the magnet acted as my third hand. Too simple.

Just thought I'd pass this trick along in case others might benefit from my discovery. Like most things... I suppose this discovery is not new, but new to me.
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Old 09-20-2017, 04:07 AM
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Simple but effective...good job...
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New to me! Thanks for sharing.


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Old 09-20-2017, 04:52 PM
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Nice tip.
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:15 PM
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Those hard drive magnets are handy for a lot of things. damned strong too.
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:48 PM
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Magnets, in general, are a too often forgotten option.
I am as guilty as anybody.
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:49 PM
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Another way is to put grease on the washer and stick it in place until you get the nut started.
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