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#21 High octane

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:11 PM

For any of you guys who build in a room that has carpeting on the floor, you know how frustrating it is to drop a tiny part and then never see it again. Even for those who build over hardwood or tile or concrete floors, sometimes tiny parts bounce when they hit the floor and wind up far from where you think they landed.

Here's a neat way to find those tiny dropped parts: Get some old pantyhose (how you get them is up to you :lol: )...

cut a piece out and attach it over the end of your vacuum cleaner hose. Use a rubber band to hold the piece of pantyhose tightly against the end of the hose (you could also cut off a leg of the pantyhose and slip the foot part over the nozzle of the vac and hold it tightly in place wih a rubber band if you want to be able to cover a wider area quicker).

Then just vacuum the floor! Eventually you'll find that tiny piece (and probably some stuff you weren't expecting to find!) right there on the end of your vacuum!

Bonus: The wife or GF will think you're a real sweetheart for pitching in with the housework, and you just may be rewarded later, if you catch my drift... :P

Yeah you'll be rewarded when she tells you that you can vacuum the rest of the house also. LOL!

#22 Lovefordgalaxie

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:32 AM

I imagine what one can find after doing this for the first time.
Look, a turn signal I lost in 1978!!!

#23 Ddms

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:28 PM

I wear an apron with velcro attachment to the workbench. No need to get on my hands and knees looking for stuff.


Eh? How does that work? I'm seeing a bib with a strip of velcro along the bottom.

#24 Rob Hall

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:34 PM

I have no carpeting (wood and tile) and can usually find a dropped part, if I'm fast enough that I get before a doggy hoovers it up...

#25 slusher

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 02:54 AM

Great tip Harry, l drop a buch of parts. This will help me out.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:23 AM

A new approach to a modern workbench! Never lose parts again!

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#27 Ace-Garageguy

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 02:17 PM

I have found that screaming loudly while crawling around on the floor really helps. ;)

Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 27 July 2012 - 02:18 PM.


#28 Mike 1017

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 05:09 AM

I FLIPPED A PIECE OF CARPET OVER AND PUT MY TABLE AND CHAIR ON TOP.
THAT IS HOW I DEFEATED THE CARPET MONSTER

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:49 AM

Hmmm....this is a good idea.

For those not comfortable buying this stuff or approaching female friends or relatives to purchase or relinquish old stockings, I'll bet fibreglass screen would work well, too.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 01:04 PM

i will just use my own. :) :D :D :D