Introduction: Five Minutes Magnetic Hanger for Your Trench Coat

About: I'm Mario Caicedo Langer (M.C. for short), a Colombian STEAM educator living in Azerbaijan, BSc in Naval Sciences, Master in Toy Design, and former Navy officer. I am a CAD and 3D Printing enthusiast and an ar…
Trench coats are cool! When you have been watching "Doctor Who" for six and a half seasons, you realize you can't go into adventures without a trench coat (and a bowtie. Bowties are cool, too!).

But my trench coat has a problem: where do you hang it when you arrive to office and you take it out? Trench coats are so big and so long. And it gets worse in a rainy weather. Your trench coat gets wet and you can't put it in a chair, without wetting the chair or dragging your coat on the floor.

So, there I was, arriving at the office in a rainy morning, with my wet trench coat, thinking about the beautiful and cheap umbrellas I saw in Chinatown (but NAAAH! My miserliness didn't let me to buy one!), when I realize that there is no place on Instructables lab where you can hang your trench coat. Or your rain coat. And I can't open a hole on the wall just for putting a nail for my coat. So, what would MacGyver do?

Then I remembered something: magnets. Computer hard drives have powerful magnets. Very powerful. I could make a magnetic coat hanger and placed it in the metallic cabinet near the restrooms.

It took me only 3 minutes to dismantle one of my dead hard drives and 2 minutes to build the coat hanger. And it works very well.

Step 1: Warning, Materials and Tools

WARNING: You will work with a very powerful magnet. Be careful when you remove it from the hard drive, because you can bruise your fingers. And don't put the magnet near electronic devices, your wristwatch or your wallet, because you can damage your gadget or your credit cards. Don't tell I didn't tell you.

  • 1 Dead Hard Drive (you will need only the magnet)
  • 1 bolt
  • 2 nuts
  • Isulating tape
  • Screwdriver
And you will need:
  • A metallic cabinet (or another big metallic surface where you can put your trench coat)

Step 2: Dismantle the Hard Drive

Use a screwdriver to open the dead hard drive. Remove the plate and search for the magnets. Keep the other pieces for another project.

Step 3: Make the Hanger

Fix the bolt to the magnet in one of its holes. Fasten it using the nuts.

Step 4: Protect!

You don't want your coat hanger rusts or the bolt damage your trench coat neck. So cover the bolt with insulating tape.

Step 5: Place It!

Find a good clear spot for put your magnetic coat hanger. Place it and hang your trench coat!
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