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Don't you hate losing that tiny part on your shop floor?

June 28, 2020, 9:01 p.m.
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Was cleaning the pawls on my Hope Pro4 and dropped one. Unfortunately I didn't realize I dropped it when I did so I don't really know exactly where to look. Can't find it for the life of me. Driving me crazy but at least now my shop, toolbox and floor are all clean.

June 28, 2020, 9:07 p.m.
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I know these feels.

I now use a leaf blower before I do any work on the bike.

June 28, 2020, 9:21 p.m.
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Strong feels.

My workshop is a hectic pigsty. I'm a fan of a thick soft rag on the bench to place small parts to prevent rolling, and a magnet for hunting the ones I inevitably miss.

June 28, 2020, 9:43 p.m.
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I was playing catch the spring loaded keyways on my 9Point8 post the other day. 

A magnetic parts trays is 👌🏽

June 29, 2020, 1:41 a.m.
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I found a small bolt inside a shoe at the other side of the garage, long after giving up looking for it


 Last edited by: Kevin26 on June 29, 2020, 1:41 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 29, 2020, 6:01 a.m.
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I don't like putting my parts on a soft rag or shop towel, cause when I invariably snag something on it, all the parts go flying.

When looking for your missing part, have you tried; turn all the lights out, get a flashlight, lay it on the floor & shine it around. If anything is laying on the floor, it should show up (CSI style).

June 29, 2020, 6:43 a.m.
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Posted by: Stuminator

When looking for your missing part, have you tried; turn all the lights out, get a flashlight, lay it on the floor & shine it around. If anything is laying on the floor, it should show up (CSI style).

This has worked for me twice! One time it was that tiny clip for the bolt that secures the brake pads on. The other I was surprised how far it travelled, and was under something on the parameter of the garage.

June 29, 2020, 8:48 a.m.
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The thing to do is put a clothes dryer in your shop. Dinky bits will gravitate under the dryer. You may not be able to move the dryer but the small parts will be there.

June 29, 2020, 9:48 a.m.
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I made a career of dropping small typewrtier/ ATM/ computer parts   on the floor so I had to get really good at finding it.

IME you don't look for the part ... you look at the floor

June 29, 2020, 11:17 a.m.
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Last thing I found was a dust cap from a set of XT cranks I sold years ago. I looked for that thing for months at the time.

Sentient tiny parts hopping across the entire garage defying physics to find a ridiculously unlikely hiding place.

I'm going to tile the garage because of this. It ends here.

My Pops was a mechanic who worked out of our 100 year old garage, seems my childhood was spent searching the floor for small parts.


 Last edited by: Hepcat on June 30, 2020, 10:14 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 29, 2020, 12:48 p.m.
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I've always been a big fan of the lay down / flashlight / shadow method.

Saved me many a tiny damper part fixing suspension @ OGC.


 Last edited by: thaaad on June 29, 2020, 12:48 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 29, 2020, 6:03 p.m.
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Posted by: thaaad

I've always been a big fan of the lay down / flashlight / shadow method.

Saved me many a tiny damper part fixing suspension @ OGC.

Yes! I’ve used my riding lights more times then I’d like to admit.

June 30, 2020, 3:59 a.m.
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I work on the floor because that's where the parts want to go.

July 1, 2020, 10:22 p.m.
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Good tips. Never tried the flashlight trick.

Ended up ordering some pawls from crc. Gave me a reason to buy a couple of other things too.

July 2, 2020, 11:47 a.m.
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when the part is falling and you notice it falling, isn't it funny that you already know the direction of the bounce? you know for certain that it's going to bounce quickly, erratically, if totally predictably underneath the workbench and the random stuff you have under there. it's not going to bounce towards your feet or into the open where you're standing. it's an amazing and little studied law of physics that should have some research dollars thrown at it. seems like Murphy knew something about this.

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