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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)

Anonymous
July 30, 2010
Love this suggestion. Thank you!
Anonymous
July 28, 2010
Any ideas for keeping pet hair inside the dustpan so it doesn't fly back out before disposing into the trash can?
Anonymous
July 28, 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!!
Anonymous
July 28, 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.
Anonymous
July 28, 2010
Ever spill a container of dressmaker's pins?
Anonymous
July 28, 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.
Anonymous
July 28, 2010
Thanks. its so simple to do, and so usefull.
Anonymous
July 28, 2010
This falls under the category of "gilding the lily" for me. Seems fussy and unnecessary.
Anonymous
July 28, 2010
So simple - someone call the patent office!