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Machnumber2 04-17-2001 11:44 AM

Any tips on how to magnetize a socket so that it will hold bolts etc?

jsrmb 04-17-2001 12:22 PM

Magnetizing sockets
If you repeatedly bang it against something very solid you will gradually align the +- pairs in the steel with the earth's magnetic field thus creating a magnet. The Navy is very concerned about this process because they have to demagnetize ships and subs on a regular basis to avoid detection by magnetic anomaly detectors. BTW 15 minutes of banging against a vise might do the job.

MBenzNL 04-17-2001 07:50 PM

You can rub it along the magnet of a car speaker as is a bit easier and doesn't take that long.


Machnumber2 04-17-2001 09:37 PM

It tried the magnet thing first because it sounded easier, it worked!

Machnumber2 04-18-2001 02:47 AM

Just a thought..
was wondering if I took a huge coil of wire, hooked it up to a battery or something and put all my sockets near the coil, then left if overnight if that would work in magnetizing the hole bunch

glmoy 04-18-2001 09:04 AM

The same way you magnetise a screwdriver. Wrap coiled insulated wire on the socket, leave enough excess to
touch a 12 volt battery on the positive and negative
posts just till you get a arc. This works on ferrus
metals only. Do not use the battery in your car for
this, and do it in a well ventilated area. You can also use a lantern battery for this also.


bstreep 04-20-2001 12:09 PM

How to magnetize
I keep an old car speaker around for this. Got it stuck on the side of our freezer in the garage. Swipe a tool across it, magnatized. Reverse the procedure, demagnatized.

Machnumber2 04-20-2001 12:55 PM

Alot of great ideas to try, thank you for the input

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