Pro Tip: The Best Way to Pick Up Spilled Screws

Picking up screws that have been spilled across the floor is a major pain. Learn the best method for picking them back up here.

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There’s a very specific sinking feeling that comes when you see an open box of screws plummeting towards the ground, ready to spill its contents in every direction and create a mess that will be a major annoyance to pick up. Here’s a way to make that picking-up process a little more bearable and way more convenient.

First, grab a plastic sandwich bag or something similar- a more heavy-duty bag will be helpful if you’re dealing with particularly sharp screws. Turn the baggy inside-out and drop in a rare earth magnet (it doesn’t necessarily have to be circular like the one pictured above).

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Then, pick up the screws using the magnet, sticking them against both the magnet and the turned-out interior of the baggie. Once all of the screws have been picked up you just have to turn the bag back outside-in and remove the magnet, leaving all of your spilled screws already contained in a bag. You can either keep them stored in this new container or return them to the box from which they spilled.

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