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  1. #1
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    magnetic tip cleaning

    Does anyone have a good way of cleaning out the metal shavings that collect on the magnetic drill extensions. I use my 1/4", 6" long extension in my drill all the time but I've never found a good way to clean it out.

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    Pocket screwdriver while running the drill slowly to loosen everything up.

    Peal some of the butyl rubber off some butyl tape (rollmastic), and press a wad of it into the end of the bit to get the junk out.

    Alternative method is to chew some gum until the flavor is gone and the gum is getting stuff, then press it into the end of the bit to get the junk out.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Talking

    1) putty
    2) caulk. Let harden up then pry off. Don't use silicone. Will leave traces that ruing fit of hex heads.

    hth
    Hearthman

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    I learned this trick here a while back.

    Throw the chuck really hard to the ground, making sure the chuck end hits 1st...



    Ok, the method I use, I have some ductmate gasket laying around, wad it into the end and work it around.. pulls it all out.
    "If you call that hard work, a koala’s life would look heroic."

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    High pressure air and safety glasses

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    scratch awl, but be gentle

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    Next time you let nitro out of a system, take out the vavle cores and let the nitro out full blast

    Note: better to take out the cores before you put in the nitro

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    Just use some thum-gum, permagum whatever you call it, or that stikkky cork insulation tape, just shove the chuck into it and viola- all the shavings and bits are gonz!

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    I have used compressed air to blow out the shavings, nitrogen to blow them out and have been known to throw them against a block of wood to knock out the shavings. Compressed air or nitrogen does the best for me.
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” —Albert Einstein

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    If you talk to the shavings and chips, and convince them that they should come out, they will leave the enticing lure of the magnet on their own.

    It's a powerful addiction... magnetic fields, that is.



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    i am surprized you guys dont know the fix for this one,

    use a good strong magnet and it will suck all that metal shaving right out

    been doing it that way for years


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    Yeah, but since we already have compressed air or N2 (handy at the time even) it's easier. Unless you have a good reason to keep a powerful magnet on the truck too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirCurmudgeon View Post
    Yeah, but since we already have compressed air or N2 (handy at the time even) it's easier. Unless you have a good reason to keep a powerful magnet on the truck too?
    Well, I've never been able to reset a magnet reset duct smoke detector with wishful thinking before. Always have to use a strong magnet for some reason.
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” —Albert Einstein

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