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    Another use for Rare Earth Magnets

    So, on my entertainment center project, I had paneled the cubby hole with cherry ply.

    Prior to doing that, I had run a bit of drain pipe with some 90 degree elbows in to to run wires behind the wall, should I ever decide to mount the tv on the wall so that it is 'floating'.

    Well, Today was that day, but I had a problem, In the last couple of years since I started the project, I had lost any measurements of where the hole should be. So how to find it? But I did have access to the hole on the bottom. I tried just poking a wire up the pipe and tapping, but that did not seem very accurate. Then an idea hit, why not put a rare earth magnet on the wire and poke it up and use another rare earth magnet on the other side?

    Worked like a charm first time out.

    On the left is a little hot glue on one of the magnets, and on the right is the other magnet sticking to the wall. Made it easy to use a roto zip to cut out the hole in the paneling to run the wire.
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    And hey, The tv is floating in mid air with no wires!

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    Nice trick!
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    I loved when he went to the garage ranting "I'm a genius"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon Korn View Post
    I loved when he went to the garage ranting "I'm a genius"
    Was there ever any doubt? It's magic!!

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    Cool trick, brent.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon Korn View Post
    I loved when he went to the garage ranting "I'm a genius"
    That's the sort of thing I say...right before I walk into a doorframe or open cabinet door.
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    well brent i agree with yu ,, yu are a genius,, and one other thing that picture showing your finish on the ply is superb,, you got that perfect in my eyes the depth you accomplished on the ply is outstanding.
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