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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Jul Mon 01, 2013 12:18 am 
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Marine Axiom: The importance of a dropped screw is directly proportional to the depth to which it penetrates the bilge.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Jul Mon 01, 2013 12:24 am 
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I never heard of that Air force Saying! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Jul Mon 01, 2013 12:51 am 
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Now if I could only find a way for parts not to slip out of my fingers, Ah well, old age and being somewhat blind has its downfalls too. And setting parts on the Bench and then forgetting if I did, is yet another conundrum. :roll:

I am thinking of getting some type of rubber welcome door mat with ridges for both the top of the bench and a bigger one for the bench floor. Hopefully that will help somewhat, and also get a long piece of half round molding for the edges of the bench top, and trying the blocking the bench underneath.
Hey wait a minute! I can't get down to crawl around with these weak knees, I guess a vacuum is an alterative, with a wire mesh screen for the tiny" no-see-ums ".
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If I really have to get down on my knees to find something I try to think off what else might be down there.
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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Jul Mon 01, 2013 1:26 am 
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So the Air Force adopted it too. I spent some time in the Air Force as a navaids tech but don't recall ever hearing it then. I heard it from an old salt who was helping me with my first boat in about 1952.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Nov Mon 25, 2013 7:12 am 
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What's really strange is that you NEVER find it where you look first, it's ALWAYS in the last place you look. :)


Right, but who keeps looking for something after they've found it???


You mean you actually stop looking after you find things? Man, you guys are weird...

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Dec Mon 02, 2013 4:59 am 
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I'm trying to figure out why when I drop a part right HERE...it somehow ends up way OVER THERE !


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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Dec Mon 02, 2013 5:05 am 
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What's really strange is that you NEVER find it where you look first, it's ALWAYS in the last place you look. :)

It will always be in the LAST place you look... because you stop looking after you find it.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Dec Mon 02, 2013 5:10 am 
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Absolutely EVERYTHING I drop seems to always roll as far under my bench as possible. Why?
I wish there were a skirt around the base to prevent this. My knees can't take this... lol.

If you use a vacuum cleaner with a wand, you can cover the open end with a piece of nylon stocking as a filter and then that tiny part will not get sucked all the way into the bag but instead it will stay on the stocking filter.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Dec Sun 15, 2013 7:38 pm 
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Bugman wrote:
Another way to locate dropped parts is with a flashlight. Use a bright flashlight to pan the floor at an angle, even in a lit room. It helps more than you may think. First, it focuses your eyes on the spot of light so you don't allow your eyes skip any of the area being searched. Second, if the light is at an angle, it can cause the object to cast a shadow to allow easier visual notice. Also, if it's a shiny object, the light will reflect off its surface. Very rarely has a dropped object been lost in my shop using this method including tiny dark colored escutcheon screws on my dark colored floor.
majortom probably has a point also.


+1 I've had excellent results using this method. I find that darkening the room and using a very low angle (almost parallel to the floor) works very well.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
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Just walk around the shop barefoot...you'll find that lil' critter :mrgreen: ..I garrantee it!!


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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Jan Fri 27, 2017 4:59 am 
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Vacuum the floor with a crevice tool but first put a thin cotton glove inside the hose before you slip on the crevice tool. They used this method to reclaim gold flakes from gold evaporators in a wafer fab where I worked.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
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I've found that it helps to get down on the floor with your eyes close to the floor and shine a flashlight along the floor surface. You might be surprised to find out just how much dirt there is on the floor but your part will stand out above the surface.


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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: May Mon 15, 2017 2:14 pm 
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tjcm wrote:
I've found that it helps to get down on the floor with your eyes close to the floor and shine a flashlight along the floor surface. You might be surprised to find out just how much dirt there is on the floor but your part will stand out above the surface.


See quote just a couple of posts before yours.

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
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Buy a replacement part....the old one will immediately show up.


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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
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If it's metal, use a telescoping magnet...

extend it & start strafing the floor with it. Most cases, you won't even have to get up out of your Easy chair, let alone bend over if you do have to stand up. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Jul Mon 03, 2017 3:53 am 
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cwr56 wrote:
Randy Bassham wrote:
blacksmith wrote:
What's really strange is that you NEVER find it where you look first, it's ALWAYS in the last place you look. :)


Right, but who keeps looking for something after they've found it???


You mean you actually stop looking after you find things? Man, you guys are weird...

Right? Yo never stop once you found what you were looking for. Things come in 3s you know!

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
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Pbpix wrote:
Absolutely EVERYTHING I drop seems to always roll as far under my bench as possible. Why?
I wish there were a skirt around the base to prevent this. My knees can't take this... lol.


If there was a skirt around something I'd be looking up the skirt. Just sayin'... :wink: :D :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
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The weirdest thing, but I've had moderate success by "listening"! By this I mean, as you drop the part, but know it's too late to catch it, listen to where it goes as well as hopefully seeing it fall. This can reduce the search area a bit. YMMV!
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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Dec Wed 27, 2017 9:44 am 
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The whole issue verges on the ridiculous.

As a pro, my advice is to plan carefully to prevent dropping things.

A an old pro, experience has shown, the planning phase uses up your will
to start the damn project in the first place... :D

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 Post subject: Re: Finding a Dropped Critical Part
PostPosted: Dec Thu 28, 2017 9:14 am 
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I try to use Steve's idea, to plan ahead to not lose parts. An example is when disassembling a panel meter having many small parts. I first clean the bench of any large dust or metal (steel wool droppings, etc.) and turn off any air fans that might blow/move small parts. When disassembling small screws/parts I place them several inches or more above, away from the meter (closer to the wall) and usually in small containers, so if I (or one of the cats..) bump a part by mistake, nothing will fall to the floor. It's no fun losing meter screws, cause they're usually very weird/unusual sizes which are available only special order. Small, loose parts (or liquid chemicals) should not be placed near the front edge of work bench, cause a slight bump or brush from one's shirt sleeve sends them flying to the floor.


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