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dedee

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I've just taken apart a couple of disc drives donated by my IT dept.

How can the magnets be removed from the shoes? Are they stuck, welded or just held on my magnetism?

Andy
 

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just twist them off with a pair of pliers i think they are held on by a bit of glue, I spent a few hours dimantling about 12 of them over xmas. I was just about to ask who wanted some...
 

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Tom, thanks. I'll give that a try when I get home.

I'd be interested in a couple more pairs if you have them and we can sort out postage costs etc.

Is the little packet of what feels like crystals of some sort likely to be silica for moisture absorbancy?

Andy
 

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out of interest, what are you using the magnets for?
 

dedee

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Tom,
I knocked up this plane fence a few weeks ago



I am now using much smaller clamps to hold it on but I would like to try using the disc drive magnets inset into the ply to hold the fence in place. From Alf's experience with the fence I might need a few to prevent the fence from slipping back down the plane.

I also think they would be useful around the workshop for holding the odd check keys and spanners in place on one or two machines.

Andy
 

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They are very good for holding machine covers securely in place, particularly if you sew them into a hem.

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Simon
 
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