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Old May 22nd, 2012, 09:28 PM
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Default How to: Magnetize a Screwdriver using a Car Battery

What you'll need:

2ft of 18ga Wire, Wire Strippers, Screwdriver or whatever you're going to Magnetize.

Strip 1 inch of shielding off each end of the wire using the wire strippers. Pop the hood of the vehicle and locate the battery. If you have a loose car battery available, place it on a surface where you can work on it.

Wrap the wire tightly around the metal shaft of the screwdriver, leaving approximately 1 foot of wire at each end.

Hold one end of the wire to the positive terminal. Hold the other end with a pair of Insulated Needle Nose pliers, making sure to hold on to the insulated part of the Wire also. Quickly tap the wire against the negative terminal for a fraction of a second. Repeat at least 5 times.

Remove the wire from the screwdriver and test to make sure that it is magnetic.

This is how my mom's dad magnetized Screwdrivers and Sockets all the time.

I think I'll do one tomorrow and add pics to this.

Last edited by BigBlue79; May 26th, 2012 at 10:57 AM.