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Old 02-14-2010, 04:36 AM   #1
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I always am looking for useful things. Here is one of them. There are really strong magnets inside computer hardrives. You can get defective drives for free. Here is how to get them out. I use them on my oil filters and many other little things. These are very strong, don't get your fingers pinched! dorf dude...
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Handy tip---I thought I was the only one who just has to take things apart to see what inside.HaHa
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You can get some great tiny magnets from the laser assembly of a CD or DVD player. They work well on oil drain plugs. dorf dude...
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good tip. thanks Dorf Dude.
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OMG. My neighbor just passed some of these on to me last weekend. Maybe he got the idea from you. Brian S. on Sycamore are you out there?

One of these is so strong I couldn't peel it off my fridge. Had to slide it over to the side so I could lever it off.
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Do not bang the magnet to get it off the metal plate. Otherwise you will weaken the magnet significatnly.

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We have always taken HD's apart for years & saved the magnets
Glue a piece of felt over the magnet for use on a fridge or if any dirt gets under it you will scratch it
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Do not bang the magnet to get it off the metal plate. Otherwise you will weaken the magnet significatnly.

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That is why I mount it in a vise and bend it with a pair of pliers. I guess I should have mentioned that. The picture doesn't show exactly whats going on. dorf dude...
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Hard drives have magnets? Whodathunkit?

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Sometimes not a bad idea to leave the metal backing plate on, you sometimes need them to use to pry them off of things (or eachother).
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Those are fun to play with. They can hurt when they pinch you though!

Would be cool to gather enough of the same size and build an alternator. Bet it would work well too.
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There is 2 nice ones in the mag. of a microwave oven.
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I didn't know that, thanks for the tip. dorf dude...
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I'd be careful poking around in microwaves if you don't know what you're doing....

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Darn, I was looking for a couple of nice magnets to help keep our wood screen door closed at the cabin. And guess what I just destroyed and recycled, the hard drive from two old computers. Doh.
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