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Old 03-20-2018, 07:02 AM   #1
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Default Magnetic tool retriever

Looking for recommendations. One of the four nuts that holds the spoiler to the hatch door came loose and is now inside the hatch door. I can easily buy another nut and secure the spoiler, but would like to retrieve that nut so that I don't have to listen to it rattle from time to time. I need something that will flex and reach about 18 - 24 inches or so. There is a plastic cover I can remove and stick in the area, but I can't see down there. I'd just have to 'fish' it out.

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Old 03-20-2018, 07:12 AM   #2
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$5.99
https://www.ebay.com/itm/magnet-with...sAAOxydlFS9UU0
This one will even go to 32" if needed.

Many others out there, all similar, not too much on flexibility though, but should do the job ok.
Check local Lowes, Homedepot, autozone, even walmart for ideas too.

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Old 03-20-2018, 07:50 AM   #3
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Thanks. I definitely need one that can FLEX. The opening at the top requires a 90 degree turn to reach the bottom. I'm just wondering if I need anything that powerful or if just about any of them will pick up a M6 nut.

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Old 03-20-2018, 08:01 AM   #4
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You want something like this if you want high flex. https://www.amazon.com/Ampro-T19602-...part+retriever There are lots of them.

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Old 03-20-2018, 11:26 AM   #5
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I got all kinds of magnetic retrievers. they save my neck every time I work on anything.

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Old 03-20-2018, 11:37 AM   #6
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Default Re: Magnetic tool retriever

I think I got a flex one from Harbor Freight.

It was one of those things I bought because it was on sale, and looked like it might be useful one day

This is a post of mine from 2011 so I've had it at least that long
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Most often used tool of the job... the flexible picker-upper thing with the magnet on the end
dropped 2 or three things into the trays behind the bumper and 3 or 4 things into the catch-bucket of antifreeze.
Looks like this, was only a few bucks (~ $5), I think? Plain magnet at the end, nothing fancy, strong magnet

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Old 03-20-2018, 12:24 PM   #7
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Looks like this, was only a few bucks (~ $5), I think? Plain magnet at the end, nothing fancy, strong magnet
That looks ideal for $5. Heck, I'd even pay $10 for that!

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Old 03-20-2018, 01:02 PM   #8
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Well, I found a $3 one and a $7 one at Harbor Freight. Gave them a call and they have both in stock (on the way home from work). I know the $7 one bends - not sure about the $3. If the $3 bends, I'll get that one. They may even have the one you mentioned chaos, but not on the web site. I'm thinking they prolly have stuff in store that is not on-line.

I'm also thinking about buying some magnets ($3) and just securing one to the end of a clothe hanger.

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Old 03-20-2018, 01:49 PM   #9
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HF for the win. I have a few of these with picker uppers with magnets and claws but all are either extendable or fixed lengths. Someone in my household bought a flexible one with rubber coating but the magnet fell out rendering it useless. Of all the ones I've used, the flexible one would have been a first choice but having claws and magnets on straight tubes with a ball and socket joint on the magnetic end serves their purpose. The trick is knowing in advance of losing hardware ahead of time and using sticky tape, lockjaw pliers or something to ensure not losing it in the nooks and crannies.

Whatever you buy, if its magnetic, dribble a drop or two of super glue between the magnet and shell to help it stay in place.
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Old 03-20-2018, 02:02 PM   #10
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The trick is knowing in advance of losing hardware ahead of time and using sticky tape, lockjaw pliers or something to ensure not losing it in the nooks and crannies.
I never touched it - came loose on its own (apparently a common problem for my vehicle from youtube videos).
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Whatever you buy, if its magnetic, dribble a drop or two of super glue between the magnet and shell to help it stay in place.
I may do this.

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Old 03-21-2018, 09:16 AM   #11
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Purchased one similar to the image chaos posted. Was not able to get to it. Not really sure where it is - you can hear it fall occasionally from a high point to a low point when the door is open/closed, but you can't see it.

Going to try and buy magnets and just stick them inside of the door in the area
of the noise in the hopes it 'catches' the nut on the way up/down. That or try a wire hanger to reach further into crevices.

I'd hate to have to try and take the door apart. Maybe just some more of the inner trim.

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I'm also thinking about buying some magnets ($3) and just securing one to the end of a clothe hanger.
This is genius

Dunno why I never thought of that

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Well, if push comes to shove, I'll be removing some trim. Finally found a good video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHXMtjDE4Zk

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If you can shake, rattle or whatever it takes to hear and maybe move the loose nut, you should be able to stick your new magnetic pickup tools into the area to stick to the magnet unless space is smaller than the diameter of your pickup tool.

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The HF magnet tool is great I use mine all the time. It is pretty strong.
Many times, I canít see what I dropped but it still comes back with it.

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Well ... I tried to retrieve it with one of those rare earth magnets (very strong) and a wire hanger. The magnet manage to get loose from the hanger and now is stuck inside the door for an eternity. I haven't heard the screw slide up or down in a while either, so I'm guessing the screw has finally found the magnet as well. Problem solved!?

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