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#1 Harry P.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:41 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

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:48 PM

Also works well with a dustbuster....and doesn't have as much suction.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:49 PM

You might just be a lifesaver.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 03:27 PM

So Harry, which brand of stockings do you prefer :D

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 04:46 PM

For smooth floors, put a flashlight on the floor and shine it perpendicular to the floor, any parts (or other crud [or other undies]) will cast a shadow.

Bob

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:05 PM

For smooth floors, put a flashlight on the floor and shine it perpendicular to the floor, any parts (or other crud [or other undies]) will cast a shadow.

Bob


You mean shine it PARALLEL to the floor. ;) Shining it perpendicular to the floor means shining it straight down.

#7 Harry P.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:06 PM

So Harry, which brand of stockings do you prefer :D


Well... I'd rather keep that a secret... :lol:

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:09 PM

:huh: Uh, ya, that's what I meant. Thanks Harry

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(my foot tastes terrible)

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:24 PM

:huh: Uh, ya, that's what I meant. Thanks Harry

Bob
(my foot tastes terrible)


Try a little ketchup on it...

:lol:

BTW... no harm, no foul. I figured that's what you really meant. ;)

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:10 PM

I've actually done that before, works like a charm!! Great tip Harry!!! ;) The " hose " in the egg feel, whoops, works best!! :blink: :wacko:

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:24 PM

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

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:23 PM

Great idea Harry. I've sacrificed a bunch of small pieces to the carpet gods.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:45 PM

It works! Thank you Harry. I just found my fuel pump! Man it's tiny.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:45 PM

getting down to floor level? at my age? it it hits the floor, it's gone....

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 04:56 AM

Aprons and panty hose...... Oh my!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:41 AM

getting down to floor level? at my age? it it hits the floor, it's gone....


i agree i just did the 52 hudson and 1 headlight and i front signal gone gone gone

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:02 AM

Wow! Great tip! I lose more parts this way. :)

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 04:38 AM

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

Sweet idea Harry, thx!

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:40 AM

You mean shine it PARALLEL to the floor. ;) Shining it perpendicular to the floor means shining it straight down.




Or straight up.


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 08:46 AM

I have a different approach.

I irradiate all the small parts.






Then if any fall or go flying, I get out my Micro Mark Mini-Geiger Counter ...