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Old 04-08-2011, 06:48 PM
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I recently junked an old hard drive and cut the disc up into little pieces. Along the way I kept the magnet inside of it as it is very powerful.

Anyway, today I found out that it makes a great stud finder! Get out of the gutter.
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Don't throw way those wall chargers / adaptors that put out 12 volts DC. They make great trickle chargers.
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I kept one of my old spark plug wires, which makes a great tool for getting the new plugs started. This is only necessary on a boat with an I/O where they mounted an engine on stringers and built a boat around it.
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I wanted to scrape out/deepen the grooves in my old set of golf irons. I grabbed a worn out circular saw blade (carbide tipped) and cut one of the best teeth off of it. I bent a 90 deg. angle into it and brazed it to a large bolt. This wouldn't work with cast irons but worked pretty good on my forged ones.
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I had these test pins from my electronic days, so I converted them to prop up projects that need to be painted. There is no reason why one could not just use nails.
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For stripping old line off a bait casting or trolling reel:

Take a 12" section of 1 x 1.

Cut the head off a 4" drywall or deck screw.

Put the screw in a cordless drill (just like you would a drill bit).

Screw it into the center of the end of the 1 x 1.

Tie the fishing line onto the 1 x 1 and run the drill until the reel is unspooled. Just slow down when reel's just about empty.


I can unload all of my reels with just the one section of 1 x 1.
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Originally Posted by Brad1 View Post
For stripping old line off a bait casting or trolling reel:

Take a 12" section of 1 x 1.

Cut the head off a 4" drywall or deck screw.

Put the screw in a cordless drill (just like you would a drill bit).

Screw it into the center of the end of the 1 x 1.

Tie the fishing line onto the 1 x 1 and run the drill until the reel is unspooled. Just slow down when reel's just about empty.


I can unload all of my reels with just the one section of 1 x 1.
I made something similar with an old used plastic prescription pill bottle. I drilled a hole in the center of the cap and installed an old stone grinder shank. (I never throw away anything ) and install on battery drill. When done taking off line, the bottle is most times smooth enough to just slide line off.
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do the line stripper with a plastic bottle, goes faster

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It's for an item on a boat.
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Originally Posted by glacierbaze View Post
It's for an item on a boat.
Remove the trolling motor nut
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Originally Posted by mulberryg View Post
do the line stripper with a plastic bottle, goes faster

I use an old 1lb spool with the side cut off. The line slides right off.
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Originally Posted by glacierbaze View Post
It's for an item on a boat.
It is for removing/tightening metal thru hull fittings.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
I had these test pins from my electronic days, so I converted them to prop up projects that need to be painted. There is no reason why one could not just use nails.
I use spent nuclear fuel rods to do this - the paint dries faster an dgives it a nice glow.
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Originally Posted by the good life View Post
I recently junked an old hard drive and cut the disc up into little pieces. Along the way I kept the magnet inside of it as it is very powerful.

Anyway, today I found out that it makes a great stud finder!
I've got a few old monster speaker magnets that I've kept as well.

I've got a porcelain metal work surface on one of my workbenches and the magnets work well for gluing clamps for small thin stuff.

They work well for overboard tool retrieval too.
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Greta thread keep um coming!

Only one question - What limits the current in the 12 volt chargers if the battery goes totally dead.
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Next time you go on a cruise--check out the magnets that hold your room door open. Damn near pulled the pins out of my knee.
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I use the plastic bags that covers my clothes after picking up from the drycleaners as trash bags in all my bathrooms. Just tie a small knot at the top where the hangers poke through and stick in the can.
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^^^Here is how I use those same plastic bags-except I leave an opening to pee in:
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Originally Posted by glacierbaze View Post
It's for an item on a boat.
"T" handle bilge plug tool
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I use a piece (10-12") of chicken plant picker belt - app. 2" wide ( with nylon core and rubber rough grip surface) and a pair of vice grips to loosen my Racor cannister. Makes a great filter wrench. Also use the same stuff for hinge material.
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