Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Magnogrip Magnetic Tool Wristband

Get a Grip on the Small Parts: Get a MagnoGrip

Whether you’re putting together that table from Ikea, putting up curtains or performing a tune-up on your 1987 IROC-Z, at some point you're sure to find yourself crawling around looking for a dropped screw or other part. Pockets and aprons don't work – how many times have you drawn blood digging through pocket full of nails? And don't even mention trying to find the correct screw when there are four different sizes. It’s times like that we all wish we had three hands, like Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Without surgery (or radiation) it’s unlikely you’ll grow a third hand soon, but there are ways to keep small parts visible and in reach. One of them is the MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband. This solution from a simple ballistic polyester band 3-1/2" wide with a Velcro® closure and three 1”-wide magnets sewn into its band. The result’s an 3-1/2” square that's a surprisingly strong magnet, strong enough to lift about a pound.

I use mine to hold miscellaneous metal parts – clips, screws and other widgets – or drill and screwdriver bits or other small tools. Nails, staples, washers and nuts are in front of you when you need them. The magnets can even hold a small wrench or socket, too. The MagnoGrip fits either wrist and the magnetic area on top or to the side. The limitations are that you might brush an item off when moving, and non-metallic or non-ferrous parts will still need an apron pocket.

The inner surface is nylon mesh to prevent it from getting soggy when it’s sweaty. The band fits wrists up to 12", so it will also wrap around a ladder rung or stile or other stationary surface. The hook-and-loop closure is an improvement over other wristbands with elastic bands – they seem so small I can’t get them over my hand.

In all, a great idea for when you have a lot of small parts and don’t want to dig through a nail apron, like when you're installing blinds or a ceiling fan, or tacking up decorations. I like that.

PLUS: fits most wrists, can hold up to a pound
MINUS: Minus? We don't got no stinkin' minuses.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: Keep small parts "at wrist" instead of "at hand" with a MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband.

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