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    Tools for retrieving small parts from engine bay?!?

    I dropped a small screwdriver into my engine bay today and after a load of messing about I retrieved it using a magnet taped to a wire coat hangar. Can you buy a proper tool that does this - if so what is it called? Also I have used a tool in the past that was flexible and had claws that extended out when you pushed the handle but again can't recall what is was called?

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    You need a telescopic magnet
    Sealey AK651 - Telescopic Magnetic Pick-Up Tool 1.0kg Capacit

    Dont know how good this one is but Snap on used to do a really good one.
    Last edited by paddy; 14th August 2011 at 19:33.
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    Damn you paddy!! Lol they say great minds think alike, yours is just a bit quicker...
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    LOL...We seem to be on the same wavelength today There is an advantage in the grab thing !! i have one at work and its very good...........if what you want to pick up is alloy...or plastic magnetic thing extends much longer...
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    I would second that, obviously the magnetic one is only useful for stuff that is, well..... Magnetisable!? is that a real word?
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    I thought magnetic meant it was a material which can be picked up by a magnet and/or turned into a magnet while magnetised is something magnetic which has been turned into a magnet. "Made of a magnetic material" maybe?

    I love my magnetic picker-upper, could do with a grabber though... I use my nan's old-person-picker-upper if I can't get at something.

    (Edit: erm, that's a thing old people use to pick stuff up with, rather than a thing used to pick old people up)

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    I stand (scuse the pun) corrected! And for the record I have a grabber, which has a small magnet on the end. I use it for getting stuff I can't reach off the higher shelves in my house...CLASSIC HELPING HAND 32" GRABBER/LITTER PICKER NEW | eBay
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    A Well trained Rat will fetch small items for you.

    this also looks fun and just 45p. Handy should you drop a small plastic fish under your bonnet with a little magnet in its mouth.

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    Thanks for the suggestions - found this which combines the 2 but isn't quite long enough eBay - The UK's Online Marketplaceo gone for this package instead eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace

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    That's awesome paddy! Could've done with that when I dropped my phone down the toilet lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by munchkincoupe View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions - found this which combines the 2 but isn't quite long enough eBay - The UK's Online Marketplaceo gone for this package instead eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace
    That's a good deal!
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    Another happy customer.............next ?
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    Could do with one of these myself lol
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