Magnetic socket extension

Making a magnetic socket extension is super easy. Once you start using it, you will wonder how you got anything done without it. Have you ever try starting a bolt or nut in a weird obscure angle or even hanging the socket down? It's very annoying to try keeping the bolt or nut into the socket when you can't get your hand in the place you need it. The bolt or nut keeps falling out and you start making up new curse words out of sheer frustration. Here is a handy idea that has helped me many times.

Magnetic socket extension, an easy DIY frustration saver

Well, there are a couple of different options.

One, take a piece of electrical or paper tape and lay a small piece across the head of the bolt. Insert the bolt into the socket. The tape makes the fastener fit tightly into the socket holding it into place to get the job done.

As well as it works, there could still possibly be a couple issues. One, after you tighten the fastener and remove the socket. The tape could still be left on the fastener. This may or may not be a big deal but still annoying none the less. The other issue may be that if you have lots of fasteners that are in that tight area. That's lots of little tape tricks to do and also the tape possibly being left on the fasteners.

Next and best option! Make a magnetic extension.

What you need (see links below to order if you prefer):

  • Find the extension that you would like to modify (don't worry, the strength will not be altered and no damage will come to the tool).
  • You will need some small, super strong magnets.
  • E6000 craft glue (can be purchased in about any department store).

What to do:

  1. On the socket end of the extension put a pea sized dab of E6000 on the very end.
  2. Place and center the magnet on that end. Wipe off any excess glue that may squeeze out.
  3. Allow the glue to dry before use.
  4. Once dry, snap the needed size socket on your new handy dandy magnetic extension.
  5. Place the needed fastener into the socket. Now turn the socket in any direction you need. The magnet will hold the fastener right there in the socket.

Here are the parts you will need:

See video below for instructions: