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My neighbor recently opened an interior wall to do some plumbing and accidentally dropped a wrench into a deep, hard-to-reach cavity.
Rather than closing up the wall and losing a good tool, he asked if I had a magnet he could use to retrieve the wrench.
I didn’t, but I did have a small-diameter length of semi-rigid plastic tubing and a couple of pieces of sturdy wire — which I put to use solving the problem.
Here is what I did:
First, I fashioned a simple pincher/gripper tool as shown in the accompanying drawing.
Then, I slid the plastic tubing down the wire to lock the wire around the wrench being retrieved.
I am happy to report that my device worked and retrieved the wrench the first time I used it, and my neighbor was delighted.
— Harold S. Pearce, Christchurch, New Zealand
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