I dropped this little screw between my cylinders and now I can’t reach it. I don’t have a hemostat. I don’t want to go buy another screw. What can I do?
Dear Big Otto,
First of all Otto, welcome home. Second, you should own a hemostat. When you sober up, go buy one. They only cost two bucks. I am guessing your mechanical skills are advanced enough that you own a flathead screwdriver. Here’s what you do.
Remove the seat from your bike by loosening the seat screw with either an Allen wrench or a Phillip’s head screw driver. Whatever you do, don’t lose that screw. Try to find your battery. Disconnect both battery cables.
Tightly wrap the blade of a flathead screwdriver with about two feet of insulated, copper wire. Leave about two inches of wire on each end loose. Strip and straighten out the loose ends of the insulated wire.
Study the distance between the positive and negative terminals on your battery and try to hold that picture in your mind. Arrange the stripped wire ends so they are about the same distance apart as the terminals on your battery.
Put on sunglasses. Put on leather gloves. Wrap the handle of the screwdriver with rags. Do not use oily rags.
Touch one bare end of the wire to the positive battery terminal. Touch the other end of the wire to the negative terminal. Do not be alarmed.
Drop the screwdriver when it becomes too hot to hold or when the rags begin to smoke after four or five seconds. Extinguish all fires. Remove gloves and sunglasses. Drink beer while the screwdriver cools.
Remove the insulated wire. Your screwdriver is now magnetized. Stick the magnetized blade into the last known location of your missing screw. Sort of move it around in there. Pull it out every once in a while and look at it. Stop when the missing screw appears on the end of your screwdriver.