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Dustpan Addition

Martha Stewart Living, June 2006

It's hard to improve on something as simple as a dustpan, but we think we've found a way. Adhere a strip of magnetic tape, sold at hardware stores, toward the rear of the pan. Keep it in the garage, basement, or workshop. The tape will attract any small metal objects -- such as nails, brads, or screws that find their way onto the floor -- holding them fast as you tilt the pan to sweep up more debris.

 

Comments (9)

  • 30 Jul, 2010

    Love this suggestion. Thank you!

  • 28 Jul, 2010

    Any ideas for keeping pet hair inside the dustpan so it doesn't fly back out before disposing into the trash can?

  • 28 Jul, 2010

    WHAT A GREAT IDEA! I 'M ALWAYS DROPPING PINS, EARRING BACKS, LITTLE SCREWS OR NAILS AND ALL KIND OF METALLY THINGS...SO THIS IS PERFECT. THANKS AGAIN FOR A SIMPLE BUT VERY USEFUL IDEA!!

  • 28 Jul, 2010

    Some people sweep their garages and workshops and this is a great idea. If you don't sew, then you don't appreciate magnets/ I certainly do because I don't always see the needles and pins.

  • 28 Jul, 2010

    Ever spill a container of dressmaker's pins?

  • 28 Jul, 2010

    This would be great in a garage or 'man cave' or something. For the average household, this sort of seems unnecessary. I don't remember the last time I've had to sweep up small metal objects.

  • 28 Jul, 2010

    Thanks. its so simple to do, and so usefull.

  • 28 Jul, 2010

    This falls under the category of "gilding the lily" for me. Seems fussy and unnecessary.

  • 28 Jul, 2010

    So simple - someone call the patent office!