The Sling




Introduction: The Sling

This sling is a tool which helps you when handling with small parts like screws and nuts in narrow gaps, holes or pipes, areas you can't reach with your fingers.

I'm very proud of it because of its simplicity and functionality.

I invented it to get a screw out of a vacuum cleaner which I had vacuumed by accident.

Parts List

- straw
- elastic band
- preferably wire or, if not available, some thread.

Tools List

- none but your hands

How to do it

Bend the wire to a hook, narrow enough to fit into the straw. Hook in the the elastic band, put it through the straw and the sling is ready to save your former unreachable lost parts from where no fingers have gone before. =)

- Place the sling around an object and carefully pull on the wire - there you got it back!
- Put a nut into the sling and place it behind a hole - now you can easily grab it it with the screw.

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    6 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    great idea. just made several of them and gave them out to family. really helps hold a nail till you can hit it, instead of your finger when your reaching high.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    great idea I wish that i knew about it when i was a helicopter mechanic it would have made many jobs a lot easier


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    You were a helicopter mechanic? Wow now that's cool!!!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    As the robot will likely point out, despite this being an incredibly simple instructable, I had to read it 2 or 3 times to figure out what it does; an exposition at the start to say what for would be awesome. great idea, just needs some improvement on the writeup in my opinion. Really seems like a useful tool.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Now as you mention it; I get your point. I will change it a bit. English is not my mother tongue so I sometimes get into problems telling people what I mean ;)