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Snip-don’t-sling nail-trimming trick

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Have you ever trimmed off a nailhead (to make a pivot for a circle-cutting jig, for instance) using a pliers’ side cutter only to have the tip fly willy-nilly into some distant corner of your shop? Spare yourself the frustrating search for it and protect your eyes by placing rare-earth magnets on the side of your clippers or pliers, against the nail. The magnets prevent the trimmed end from ejecting.
—Charles Mak, Calgary, Alta.

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