Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:06 pm

Grunt's funny post about his 3 hour transmission lube change got me thinking.
One of his problems was getting a tranny plug mixed up with a steering plug.

I sometimes use little magnets to keep track of where things go.
You can stick the drain plug right next to where you took it off.
This avoids my bumping the tractor and having it fall on the floor and rolling into the black hole, where my lost socks, money, car keys and common sense sometimes go.

You can buy them lots of places and they're only about a dime apiece.
I like the way they stick together so I don't have to dig around the junk drawer.
Just stick them to a piece of metal and they're there when you need them.

In the picture I'm using a magnet from an old computer hard drive.
I like them because they're super strong and free. :)
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Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:09 pm

Ronnie,

Great Idea! You get 1 atta-boy!

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:41 pm

Ronnie , that is a pretty good idea you shared with us. :D

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:53 pm

I like it!!! :) :)

Thanks for sharing.

Mark LaFollette

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:03 pm

Ronnie - I liked it too and I copied over onto the "How To" forum.

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:13 pm

Back home, our rule was that any time a drain plug wasn't going back in pretty quickly (like when a radiator was drained in the fall), the plug was put on the seat. That way you had a reminder that something was drained if you were going to get on and start it at some future date.

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:58 pm

Ronny:

That was a good one as well. I have always used small salvaged magnets in my cabinet shop for all kinds of little extra hands/fingers etc. for keeping track of small parts. Ever try to find a small machine screw in a pile of sawdust :? :roll: :?: :?: :oops:

So, welcome to another club... the Cub Tip of The Week now contains this simple yet decidedly important tip :!:

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:55 pm

Bigdog wrote:Ronnie - I liked it too and I copied over onto the "How To" forum.

Rudi wrote:So, welcome to another club... the Cub Tip of The Week now contains this simple yet decidedly important tip :!:

Well y'all have made my weekend... :||):
I hope it can help folks spend more time fixing stuff instead of searching.
I'm always trying to think of how to pay everyone back for all I'm learning here.
Kind of hard to do since I'm a novice with tractors and haven't had the pleasure of meeting any of you yet.
I sure am looking forward to heading to Gary's place for my first Cub Fest! :-:-):

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:22 pm

Magnets from old radio/stero speakers work well also.

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:48 pm

I've been using rare earth magnets for a few years in my woodworking/jigs with great results. Even the littles are powerful enough to hold when you place them on opposite sides of your finger.

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:50 pm

I like it thanks for the helpful tip!

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:09 pm

I like to use magnets from the magnetron tube in a deceased microwave oven. They are often available for free. They're useful for a lot of other things too. I always salvage these magnets from dead microwaves and have used them for a lot of different things. Let your imagination run wild! The price is right.

Ed

Magnets

Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:48 pm

I've got so many magnets downstairs sticking to steel posts and I-beams that I think my whole house is trying to turn NORTH... :big yuk: :big yuk:

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:52 pm

Ronny, nice idea! I use the small magnetic trays, but for a single item this looks like the trick! Thanks for sharing.

Re: Keeping track of drain plugs, etc.

Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:58 pm

I have a few large ones at work that I use to hold metal objects while I'm tack welding.
It causes some type of reaction and you can't weld good while their attached but it sure is nice to hold small parts while tacking, then you can remove them and pour the weld to it...