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02-15-2005, 10:04 PM #1Regular Guest
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i bought a set of craftsman nut drivers. is there a simple way to magnetize them so screws wont fall out when you have to stick your arm way back in a unit.
02-15-2005, 10:41 PM #2Professional Member
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get a bar magnate and rub one END of the magnet up and down the entire length of the shaft of the driver. better yet, go back to the sears that you bought that craftsman set from and ask for a screwdriver magnetizer. its two magnets with a hole in the middle and they are held together with o-rings. I got one from sears a while ago and use it all the time (the magnetism wears off the tools after a while). to use it with nut drivers, you usually have to take the o-rings off and separate it so you can get the nut driver through it because they have bigger heats than the screwdrivers.
02-15-2005, 10:43 PM #3Banned
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Yes...rub your shaft up and down.
02-15-2005, 10:46 PM #4
Go to the electrical supply house and buy some Klien nut drivers that are already magnetic.Karst means cave. So, I search for caves.
02-15-2005, 11:58 PM #5
Sears used to sell a magnetizer for screwdrivers that worked real well, I believe it was manufactured by Lisle, but I could be wrong about that. It worked on a 5/16 nutdriver, but nothing bigger, which irritated me to no end, as I used an 11/32 everyday. (We were responsible for sales area lighting in one of our grocery chains, and changed a LOT of ballasts.)
The thing was two magnets, put together on opposing poles, with a half moon cut into each, with a couple of very strong rubber bands/ O-rings that bound them together.
I still have one somewhere. Don't know if they're still made.
02-16-2005, 03:25 AM #6
My favorite are the Crewline brand that Lennox sells. I don't know where else you can get them.If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.
02-16-2005, 06:05 AM #7Originally posted by James 3528
Yes...rub your shaft up and down.I pray not for an easy life but that I be a strong person.
02-16-2005, 07:03 AM #8
I buy Klein magnetic nut drivers. Unlike the Craftsman, you can easily see what size driver you're grabbing from the top of the handle and the magnet is hollow to allow you to use it on a long threaded rod without breaking the rod off.
When I had a non-magnetic driver that I occasionally wanted to use for an extended reach, I would tear off a corner of paper from my pocket notepad and put it over the nutdriver end before putting the screw on, worked OK for me.R2B4BTU
02-16-2005, 07:04 AM #9
Also, to clean metal shavings from the magnetic nut drivers, use some thumb gum or putty, works great!R2B4BTU
02-16-2005, 07:43 AM #10Originally posted by craig1
get a bar magnate and rub one END of the magnet up and down the entire length of the shaft of the driver.What will your legacy be ??
02-16-2005, 04:32 PM #11
02-16-2005, 04:36 PM #12Originally posted by otto
When I had a non-magnetic driver that I occasionally wanted to use for an extended reach, I would tear off a corner of paper from my pocket notepad and put it over the nutdriver end before putting the screw on, worked OK for me. [/B]
Works like a charm don't it Otto? Piece of tape/sticker/decal is the tits.My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more.
02-16-2005, 04:53 PM #13
Take a piece of 14 ga. wire. Strip both ends. Wrap the wire tightly around the shaft of the srcew/nut driver that you want to magnatize.(around 14 turns or so) Short the 2 ends of the wire across a car or truck battery for a split second. That's all there is to it.
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