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    Default Managing spills

    For what it is worth I'll tell about a couple items I purchased over the last couple of years to help when I spill small beads, drop hooks or whatever. I got a cheap cookie sheet and placed my vise on it. It's fairly large and does not interfere with tying. If I happen to spill a container of beads or drop hooks or spill my head cement it normally is all contained in the cookie sheet. It certainly makes clean up easier. The second item was a "power pick magnet". This is simply a large magnet about 2 1/2 by 14 inches on a handle that extends. You can push it around like a mop when you drop hooks or similar things on the floor. This is available at Lowes and probably Home Depot. These two items have saved me a lot of trouble lately.

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    Trico I have used the power magnet and it does work well. I wish I had known the cookie sheet idea a few spills earlier. LOL. Thanks for sharing
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    Great ideas! A friend used a pizza pan under his reloader to catch stray show and powder.

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    After many years of building rods and tying flies I recently discovered a great "spill/drop manager". Construct a "rain gutter" around the edge of your table between you and your work. It catches everything that might be dropped including both tools and materials. Really saves time bending to the floor.

    Lee

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    501, could you show a picture or sketch? I could just get my wife to walk barefoot in the room to find beads and hooks in the carpet.
    BTW, "show" should be "shot" in my earlier post.

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    Lightbulb TV Dinner Trays

    Old TV Dinner trays work good too and the plastic trays are great as well. You can almost always find these at a yard sale.

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    John,
    My limited skills with this device prevent a picture or drawing. It is made of cardboard, folded into a "U" shape as long as you need with one side of the U attached to the edge of the table. Like a rain gutter anything that falls off the table usually ends up here.

    Lee

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    501, I get the idea. Thanks.

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    After one too many small hooks stuck into my feet, a strong magnet will always have a place with my fly tying materials. Even when you don't think you've dropped any hooks, the magnet seems to find one or two.
    "I've got to stop wishin, I've got to go fishin"

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    I finally managed to upload a photo of my "cookie sheet". My magnet is right next to the bench and I have several small magnets on the sheet for placing flies or hooks.


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