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Scoop it all upSeveral metal screws stuck to a magnet as it peeks out of a toolbelt pocket.

For loose screws hiding at the bottom of my tool belt, I leave a magnet in the pouch to gather them up. It makes it easier to get them out and prevents them from rolling out if I put the belt down at an odd angle. I also tend to attach one to what I’m working on to grab the screws as I disassemble things. And lastly, by grabbing the magnet in my needle-nose, I have an emergency pickup tool. 

Robert Connaghan
Marlboro, N.J.


Clean house

Instead of sweeping up the floor after drilling, I keep an umbrella in my truck to catch all the debris. It works like a charm, and it saves much cleaning time. It also serves another purpose. In case it rains, it will keep you dry, too. 

—Chuck Grady
New Richmond, Ohio


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