Social Icons

twitterfacebookInstagramgoogle plusrss feedemailyoutube

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fly Hack: The Quicker Picker Upper

The Lazy way to pick up hooks

telescopic magnet hook retrieval
Telescopic Magnet
This is a quick and easy addition to our "Fly Hack" series. As is often the case when I'm coolly but slyly cruising through the local craft stores, I found this little gem in some miscellaneous section of the store and immediately had visions of recovering hoards of lost hooks that had gone under my tying table in and amongst all the stuff I can't reach (very easily) down there.

I think it cost something like 4 bucks and the magnet is actually strong enough to pick up a lot of hooks at once and even some bigger metallic junk, if you're so inclined.

The nice thing about this tool is that it's telescopic, so you don't have to get down on all fours to search for your dropped hooks. Just extend it out, sit there comfortably in your chair and run a sweeping search grid across your floor until you hear the tell-tale "click" of the hook being picked up.

So next time you're at the local craft or hardware store, be on the lookout for this little gem and say goodbye to "hooky" socks once and for all.

telescopic magnet hook retrieval
Lost Hook Retrieval 2.0


  1. Head to your local big box hardware store and they have a much larger version of this tool for cleaning up nails from a construction site get a magnetic sweeper with or without wheels and you can do 12" of rug at a pass. Will even pull the tiny hooks right out of the carpet fibers.

  2. Thanks, Curtis, for the tip. Now to find the product. Those times spent searching the craft stores for new products or ideas are some of my favorite times. I can't tell you how many times I could have used this little wonder to find hooks that I had dropped or beads or whatever.