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Default Here's how to get steel splinters out of your fingers

I seem to get quite a few slivers of metal stuck in my fingers from using steel wool or picking up bits of swarf when I have been drilling. Unlike wood splinters which dissolve or are generally large enough to see and pull out, metal splinters seem to burrow their way in and leave that little stabbing pain sensation when touched that tells you something is in there. Here's how I just figured out to remove them...

First you need an old hard drive from a PC; if its not the sort of thing you have lying around then try the local PC shop, they throw them away on an almost daily basis. Gently remove the metal cover of the hard drive with a sledge hammer and chisel (or screwdriver if you want to pansy about). There is an arm that moves over the disk surface and what you need sits under the fixed end of this arm. Undo the screws holding the arm mechanism in place and you should find two shiny flat "super magnets". These are very strong magnets, much stronger that your normal magnets.

To remove your metal splinter you just need to pass this magnet over the painful area and with a bit of luck the splinter will be sucked right out. I've just tried it with two splinters and both came straight out.

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Super tip Doc;

I have one of these magnets stuck to the lower outside (and out of sight) of my oil tank to capture any metal shavings that may be circulating around. I also use one when I drain my primary oil. Hold and run it along the underside of the casing a few times then up to the plug hole (plug removed) to drag anything out of there...
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Ooh, I'll have to try that out someday. We have a superconducting supermagnet at work -nuclear magnet resonance machine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_magnetic_resonance The only bad part is that its powerful enough to suck a sliver through your finger the wrong way
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Ooh, I'll have to try that out someday. We have a superconducting supermagnet at work -nuclear magnet resonance machine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_magnetic_resonance The only bad part is that its powerful enough to suck a sliver through your finger the wrong way
Ouch!! is it portable? I might need one at work, since I'm surrounded by steel.
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Ooh, I'll have to try that out someday. We have a superconducting supermagnet at work -nuclear magnet resonance machine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_magnetic_resonance The only bad part is that its powerful enough to suck a sliver through your finger the wrong way
im thinking i may not want to be anywhere near a magnet like that as my shoulder and knee are screwed together. however it would be quite a sight
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Yep, ferrous or electronic (pace makers) are completely out of the question. The thing will kill your credit cards if you forget to leave your wallet outside of the room.

One of my coworkers has had surgery on his shoulder a year or so ago, and has screws, but he hasn't had any problems- must be titanium or nonmagnetic stainless screws.

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Ouch!! is it portable? I might need one at work, since I'm surrounded by steel
Ours is pretty small, its only a 300Mhz unit, but its still a stainless tank that stands about 6' high and is about 3' in diameter.
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im thinking i may not want to be anywhere near a magnet like that as my shoulder and knee are screwed together. however it would be quite a sight
No MRI for you. I seen the magnets on the MRI rip a mop out of a janitor's hand on a safety training video. Makes anything steel a deadly missile.
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No MRI for you. I seen the magnets on the MRI rip a mop out of a janitor's hand on a safety training video. Makes anything steel a deadly missile.
There was a news article a while back I read about how someone tried rushing a gas cylinder into the MRI room, because they were out of oxygen, or something like that, and when it was ripped out of their hand killing the patient...

http://www.mri-planning.com/articles...ars_after.html

4th paragraph tells the tale.
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Not a bad idea, I'll tyry that sometime.

I usually use a razor blade (standing on edge) to scrape over the area. Works pretty well.
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[quote=FoxsterUK;1815232]... Gently remove the metal cover of the hard drive with a sledge hammer and chisel (or screwdriver if you want to pansy about)....


Good tip - You need to add the standard lawyer speak about always wear googles....
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