Magnetism to the rescue!

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Magnetism to the rescue!

When you have your roof replaced, it generates a lot of waste as a byproduct. For the most part, the crew did a good job of loading it all into trucks and hauling it away. Several truckloads of debris by my reckoning.

Unexpected, but not surprising, some nails ended up in the pool. Now that it’s getting a little cold here, wading in and fishing them out was unpleasant thought. Waiting till summer was also not an option. I tried using the cleaning net attached to the telescoping pole, but could not quite scoop them up.

Then it dawned on me. I’ve had in my possession a chunk of ferromagnetic rock since my teenage years. I found it near some railroad tracks when I was a teenager and I’ve just hung on to it. By placing it into the cleaning net I was able to collect all of the loose nails at the bottom of my pool without much effort and, most importantly, without getting wet.

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4 thoughts on “Tool User

  • December 5, 2008 at 10:54 am
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    Isn’t that amazing? Something so simple, something you’ve had in your possession for a long time — turns out useful. Teachers (and retired teachers) do this, too! Notorious pack-rats, but … you just never know!

    Congratulations on your novel solution!

  • December 5, 2008 at 10:55 am
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    interesting! is it possible that this was manufactured? the left-hand-side concave surface looks tooled or cast

  • December 5, 2008 at 11:14 am
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    Wow, that old? I mean from your teenage years and it still attracts. Don’t you wish you could say the same? 🙂

  • December 5, 2008 at 12:31 pm
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    way to go, mcguvyer! =)

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