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Magnetic Pick Up Tool

Updated on April 14, 2013

Long Handled Magnets

My dad gave me a long handled magnet when I owned an apartment building that needed lots of work. He knew the nails would be flying and I could use my magnetic pick up tool to quickly pick them up. Well, that apartment building is now someone else's headache, but I still have my magnet.

This thing is amazing! As you would imagine, it sticks to all things metal (well, most things; it picks up metal objects with iron in them), even some things you don't want it to like dumpsters, cars, and building poles. But it's also great at picking up little things like nails, bottle caps, and even lighters.

This photo shows my magnet full of bottle caps and a few nails. The pennies had to be picked up manually; there's no iron in coins except for 1943 pennies made during World War II when other metals were needed for war efforts.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Long-handled Magnets

Use a long handled magnet to sweep the driveway

and lawn to pick up metal like nails and

bottle caps to reduce flat tires.

Super-Strong Magnetic Extension Pick Up Tool

50 LB Force

Pro-Quality 16 LB Magnetic Extension Pick Up Tool

TEKTON 7617 50-lb. Telescoping Magnetic Pick-Up Tool

Use Magnets to Retrieve Batteries

Get batteries out of toys and

small appliances with a magnet.

(But don't use magnets around

computers, of course.)

Small Magnets for Found Object Art Projects

Use these small magnets to create magnets for the fridge or filing cabinet with all the found objects you'll find with a long-handled magnet!

General Tools 759398 Telescoping 10-Pound Magnetic Pick up

SE 15Lb Magnet Pick-up Tool, 33" Long, Stainless Steel

SE Black 9 Lb. Telescopic Magnet Pick-up Tool,26"Long

Retrieve Small Parts When Working on the Car

Use a small telescoping magnet when working on the car to retrieve small parts you drop.

Stuff a Magnet Picks Up - It's always a treasure hunt; click the small photos below to enlarge them.

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A rusty, flattened tin can is easy pickings for my long handled magnet. All photos by Peggy Hazelwood.While using my magnet, I spotted a penny. Magnets won't pick up coins but if you pay attention, you'll find them!Some interesting stuff picked up by a magnet (plus some coins I had to bend over to pick up).Magnet that picked up nails and bolts.A magnet full of safety pins found behind a dry cleaners.
A rusty, flattened tin can is easy pickings for my long handled magnet. All photos by Peggy Hazelwood.
A rusty, flattened tin can is easy pickings for my long handled magnet. All photos by Peggy Hazelwood.
While using my magnet, I spotted a penny. Magnets won't pick up coins but if you pay attention, you'll find them!
While using my magnet, I spotted a penny. Magnets won't pick up coins but if you pay attention, you'll find them!
Some interesting stuff picked up by a magnet (plus some coins I had to bend over to pick up).
Some interesting stuff picked up by a magnet (plus some coins I had to bend over to pick up).
Magnet that picked up nails and bolts.
Magnet that picked up nails and bolts.
A magnet full of safety pins found behind a dry cleaners.
A magnet full of safety pins found behind a dry cleaners.

Use a Magnet as a Stud Finder

There's nails in them thar' studs!

Use a magnet as a stud finder.

Master Magnetics #07270 2OZ RED Horsesh Magnet

Giant Horseshoe Magnet

Red Cast Alnico 5 U-Shaped Magnet With Keeper, 1-3/16" Wide, 2" Tall, 1/4" Thick

(Pack of 1)

Home Improvement and Magnets

Roll a magnet through the grass after any home improvement project like roofing or repairs to shutters to pick up stray nails and what not.

18" Rolling Magnetic Sweeper Nail Metal Pick Up Magnet Tool

New 24" Rolling Magnetic Sweeper Pick Up Tool Magnet Picks Up to 30lbs

Heavy Duty 24" Magnetic Sweeper for Concrete, Carpet or Grass

Quick-Release

Adjustable Sweep Height

Found Money in the Street -- My Found Money Blog

I track the money I find at my blog

Found Money in the Street.

I should add the word Alley to that description because while wandering down an alley recently with my magnet, I found four pennies and a nickel. SCORE!

I found junk with my Magnetic Pick Up Tool - and made other stuff from the junk. Here are some photos.

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I found everything used to make this hanging mobile (except the fishing line) using my magnet. Photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.I found these washers, nails, and brads with my magnet then I painted them.I made a bottle cap strand with bottle caps I found with my magnet.
I found everything used to make this hanging mobile (except the fishing line) using my magnet. Photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.
I found everything used to make this hanging mobile (except the fishing line) using my magnet. Photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.
I found these washers, nails, and brads with my magnet then I painted them.
I found these washers, nails, and brads with my magnet then I painted them.
I made a bottle cap strand with bottle caps I found with my magnet.
I made a bottle cap strand with bottle caps I found with my magnet.

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      wow.. never knew these existed... could have saved a few tires.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are so handy to have for many things, and they make fun toys for kids and adults. - Fun lens!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Back in the 80s, when I was first discovering computers, I learned a valuable lesson about magnets and hard drives while trying to use a powerful magnetic pickup tool to fish a screw I'd dropped out from a crevice behind our Atari ST. That learning adventure aside, magnetic pickup tools are great! Mine was my constant companion for the time I spent in a wheelchair after shattering my leg a few years ago.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: We used to play this game when I was a kid. I thought my mother invented it, but apparently it is commonly known. Funny.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've attached small magnets to string on a stick and cut out fish and put paperclips on the fish, then children can "catch" fish with the magnet. Great products here!

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      My "reacher stick" for picking up stuff (I have limited use of my arms and hands)has a magnet on the end of it. Magnets are very useful for the disabled too.

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      This magnet pick up tool is new to me, too, but it certainly looks useful!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      This is a very interesting lens. I didn't know that there was such a thing.

      I like those tips included in this article.

      Going to Pinterest it.