2011-06-29 16:10:12+0000

I must admit, I'm bad when it comes to keeping my tools organized. Unfortunately, this leads to me having to hunt for a tool I need while in the middle of a job, which is never a good thing and leads to much frustration when I can't find something.

Here's one idea to help keep your toosl organized -- small rare-earth magnets with adhesive backing to stick on your walls, toolbox, forehead, wherever. Developed in the 1970s and 80s, rare-earth magnets are the strongest type of permanent magnets made and have significant performance advantages over ferrite or alnico magnets. The magnetic field typically produced by rare-earth magnets can be in excess of 1.4 teslas, whereas ferrite or ceramic magnets typically exhibit fields of 0.5 to 1 tesla. So, even a small magnet can hold a fairly heavy object (I actually worry more about the adhesive backing holding in this case).

The Tool Dot: http://esr.cc/iY8Yer

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