Anyone who has taken apart a small device knows the pain of constantly dropping and losing the tiny screws that hold everything together. A simple solution to this annoying dilemma is a magnetic screwdriver, which you can easily make at home! All you need is a screwdriver, a neodymium (or other rare earth) magnet and a few spare minutes.

Step 1

Purchase a strong rare earth magnet from a hardware store or online retailer, and run it along the edge of a screwdriver.

Step 2

Repeat the motion, going in the same direction each time, and slowly spin the handle to magnetize the entire tool.

Step 3

The more passes, the stronger the effect! Use your magnetized screwdriver to avoid dropping screws and to pick up loose ones.