Find your loose screw

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Gareth Wales
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Find your loose screw

Post by Gareth Wales »

Dropped a tiny screw in the dust?
Find it by dropping another (and of course watching where it bounces).
The brain takes a snapshot of what you've looking for, and enables you to identify the missing one.
Its called cognitive recognition - honest.
And hey - the worst that can happen is that you loose all your screws.

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Post by Brian »

HI Gareth,

Done this trick many times, does not always work though.

But to the rescue comes my very strong magnet
"saved from an old audio speaker", and that works,
providing the offending screw/bolt/nut/washer
is actually on the ground, and not brass or good quality stainless steel.

tim leech

Post by tim leech »

I have abox of screws and odds and ends in my garage, which i rob if i loose one, then make it fit! :twisted:

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Post by Cornishbx16v »

i use my magnetic bits tray if i drop anyhting! jusst pass the tray over the area and hte screws mormally pop up! althoguh when i dropped the box of spares for the r/c truck it didnt work as most were either alliminium or titainium screws!
Timmo.

After all I AM CORNISH!!!!

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Post by Mr B »

Does it work with screwdrivers, ratchets, sockets, hammers, lead lamps toolbox, BX................ :roll:
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Post by DLM »

Not much good if you drop a BX bonnet....but then other methods of detection might be simpler.

I have a large collection of BX screws.
Occasionally constrained by geography. When not driving, can rely on ferry, two wheels and musclepower when a couple of miles as the crow flies would become a round-road-trip ten times the distance.

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Post by Brian »

It works on the steel ones !!!

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Post by Oscar »

More than one loose screw on this forum though...
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Post by DLM »

Last Saturday I found myself pulling plenty of BX screws with a magnetic jobby out of the subframe "wells" in the boot of my BX (they don't have the covers after Jon and I had to drop the subframe slightly to get a welding job done ).

I have plenty of screws loose, but most in the boot of my BX at the moment......
Occasionally constrained by geography. When not driving, can rely on ferry, two wheels and musclepower when a couple of miles as the crow flies would become a round-road-trip ten times the distance.

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Post by Mr B »

I know of a loose screw in front of my steering wheel........
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Post by Brian »

If the loose screw is in front of the steering wheel, it's quite likely in the engine compartment,--- magnet required...