Ever have a screw loose? If so, you might need this easy to build attachment to help you find that screw — including plastic ones that a magnet would miss.
Thanks go to Frank Ford for the original article in MAKE, Volume 13.
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22 thoughts on “Weekend Project: Lost Screw Finder

  1. Didn’t Kip Kay make a video not to long ago showing how to get an earing out of a sink by putting pantyhose on a wet vac nozzle? The same method could be used here, fast cheap and easy.

  2. …but all I caught was a spider and 4 ants. They didn’t even fight each other or anything. xD Now I’m scared to put my hand down there tho. D:

  3. great project. I’ll have to make one in case I upset my small screw bin again.

    The first thing I do when I drop a screw is listen. On a hard surface, I can usually hear the general location of where it stops.

    Second I grab a flashlight – I always have a couple around. I turn it on and hold it at floor level. The beam doesn’t light the floor, but anything sticking up higher than the surface. (Laser pointers also work well.) I’ve even found eyeglass and laptop screws using this method.

  4. great project. I’ll have to make one in case I upset my small screw bin again.

    The first thing I do when I drop a screw is listen. On a hard surface, I can usually hear the general location of where it stops.

    Second I grab a flashlight – I always have a couple around. I turn it on and hold it at floor level. The beam doesn’t light the floor, but anything sticking up higher than the surface. (Laser pointers also work well.) I’ve even found eyeglass and laptop screws using this method.

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