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DIY: Make your own magnetic socket!

Post by cn90 » Sat May 18, 2019 7:11 pm

Sometimes you wish you have a magnetic socket to prevent dropping those intake manifold bolts down the engine?

Sure, they sell inserts (magnet inserts), where you insert the magnet (surrounded by rubber) and it stays permanently inside the socket.

Well, there is a much easier way...

- Go to Harbor Freight and buy PN 67488 "Rare Earth Magnet 10-piece set" for $3.

- The magnet has 2 sides, use a telescopic magnet to make sure the side that attracts the telescopic magnet will face you
if the magnet stays with the bolt, if so, then once the bolt is installed, use the telescopic magnet to fish the magnet back out.

- The 1/4" 10-mm socket: works great and the magnet remains inside the socket, just remove it from the socket when done.

- The 3/8" 10-mm socket: the magnet stays with the bolt, no big deal, use the telescopic magnet to fish the magnet back out.

This will be the best DIY this year LOL...Easy easy and easy DIY...

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Re: DIY: Make your own magnetic socket!

Post by abscate » Sun May 19, 2019 4:28 am

This is Volvo horn worthy.....


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Re: DIY: Make your own magnetic socket!

Post by IslandV70 » Wed May 22, 2019 5:39 am

DIY make your own magnetic screwdriver:]
Find about 6 feet of thin wire. Wrap it around a screwdriver and spark the wire across a car battery a few times.
At least for the rest of the day you have a magnetic screwdriver :D



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Re: DIY: Make your own magnetic socket!

Post by abscate » Wed May 22, 2019 9:36 am

Which way do you wrap the wire? Does Mike in AUS wrap opposite way?


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Re: DIY: Make your own magnetic socket!

Post by BlackBart » Wed May 22, 2019 10:08 am

Good question - you don't want this to go wrong and shoot little screws across the garage!


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Re: DIY: Make your own magnetic socket!

Post by cn90 » Wed May 22, 2019 12:10 pm

The wrapping wire business, people can search the internet for that high school Physics stuff. But I'd not recommend it as it is cumbersome and potentially dangerous.

Seriously, back to topic go to Harbor Freight and spend $3 on these magnets. You will be happy you did.


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