jfryjfry (Forum Supporter)
jfryjfry (Forum Supporter) Dork
10/4/20 9:00 a.m.

I've had good luck finding dropped screws and whatnot by getting a flashlight and putting it on the ground shooting it across the floor. It makes small things stand out by casting longer shadows 

of course it needs to be darkish but maybe it will help you find that 10mm socket

frenchyd
frenchyd PowerDork
10/4/20 9:08 a.m.

In reply to jfryjfry (Forum Supporter) :

Doesn't work for brass or aluminum but my favorite tool is a telescopic magnet .  

No Time
No Time Dork
10/4/20 9:10 a.m.

I've found tires are really good at finding those sharp objects like nails and drywall screws. They even provide a visual indication.

 

But seriously, I agree with the OP and the flashlight at ground level works well. Some parts will make shadows and other provide a bright spot as a reflection off their shiny surfaces. 

matthewmcl (Forum Supporter)
matthewmcl (Forum Supporter) Reader
10/4/20 10:48 a.m.

I remember a piece of advice from years ago. When taking apart something with tiny parts, sit on the floor and work there. There is just no place left for parts to fall to.

Springs, on the other hand...

M2Pilot
M2Pilot Dork
10/9/20 9:00 p.m.

In reply to matthewmcl (Forum Supporter) :

If it's small enough, put the things with springs in a ziplock bag to take apart

 

Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) Reader
10/9/20 10:24 p.m.

25 years ago i thought it would be so cool to have a black and white checker board floor in my race shop...  every little screw seemed to always land on a black square.

Now all my shop floors are as white as I can get them.  And lots and lots of LED 5000K lights.

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