Even folks with steady of hands can lose an important screw while assembling a project. To find your missing pieces, the DIY mavens at Make share how to turn a CD spindle into a vacuum attachment to round up lost parts.
To create this quicker-picker-upper attachment you’ll need a few pieces of PVC pipe, an empty CD/DVD spindle and an aluminium washing machine lint trap. The assembly is a snap with a little bit of PVC glue and a zip tie to keep things in place. Your new attachment can fetch large and small parts alike, while allowing dust bunnies found under your workbench to pass on through.
You can find a full PDF of the process over at the Make weblog, although the project is pretty straight forward after you’ve watched the video. It’s an easy fix, though if it’s not quite your thing, you can also put your leftover spindles to good use as a cable organiser.
Weekend Project: Lost Screw Finder [Make Magazine]