ThumbSaver helps you hold nails and screws without fear

The "ThumbSaver" is a magnet at the end of a slightly bent rod, which is normal for just about everyone, so it really shouldn't be insecure about it. It's about $20 everywhere, should you need a better way to line up a nail or screw than any of the other countless ways.
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18 Responses to ThumbSaver helps you hold nails and screws without fear

  1. Ian70 says:

    What’s with the “Handier than thou” attitude? Do you guys scoff at wheelchair ramps too?

  2. JamesProvost says:

    What are these “other countless ways” you speak of?

  3. Daniel Rutter says:

    Nail-holders are very helpful if you’re hammering small tacks, and they become almost compulsory if you’re hammering those tacks in some awkward place. Half-assed upholstery repair, for instance.

    I’ve always just used a piece of paper for this – the comb idea’s neat, too. Now that I see this thing it’s obvious that you could use a magnetic pick-up tool or something as well. (You’d think that someone who’s Google hit #4 for “rare earth magnets” would have thought of that already, wouldn’t you? :-)

    I think this gadget’s Unique Selling Point may be that it’s got a notch in the end, making it easy to line the nail up just right, but I’m not sure that this is actually the case. And I think the price is at least somewhat justified; if you just stuck a rare-earth disc magnet to the end of a stick, the first time you accidentally gave the fragile ceramic magnet even a gentle tap with a hammer, you’d have to get a new magnet.

    You could just put tape or something over the end of a home-made version, though. A few coats of Plasti Dip would be even better.

  4. zuzu says:

    Do you guys scoff at wheelchair ramps too?

    I do when I hang out with Dean Kamen, because he invented a wheelchair that makes those ADA provisions obsolete.

  5. spazzm says:

    Won’t work too well on bronze/copper screws and nails, methinks.

  6. grimc says:


    Who would use a wheelchair ramp to hold a nail in place?

  7. dculberson says:

    Zuzu, which is sadly unavailable new as of now.

  8. LightningRose says:

    #15, FTW. A reasonable pair of needle nose pliers can be purchased for less than $20.

    For upholstery and carpet tacks, a magnetic hammer works well.

  9. searconflex says:


  10. zuzu says:

    Zuzu, which is sadly unavailable new as of now.

    I just read that; more proof of how broken the principal-agent problem of insurance-dependent healthcare is in the USA… FDA-approved and prescription-only, which means it’s over-priced to be available to practically no one… so now J&J has given up even making them.

    Now, if instead of being a “medical device” it could just be an appliance anyone could buy for $5000 (i.e. the price of a Segway)…

  11. Dan Wineman says:

    Use a comb.

  12. muteboy says:

    or a piece of paper or card. unitasker monday!

  13. monstrinho_do_biscoito says:

    needlenose pliars. just better than a magnet on a stick would be.

  14. Tenn says:

    -holds up broken and poorly healed finger-

    I concur with Takuan. That’s what the kid is for.

  15. The Lizardman says:

    Not that I have never hit my thumb but why not just aim more carefully? Yeah it hurts but if it is happening so often that you need a resolution like this maybe you should get someone else to do your hammering.

  16. Takuan says:

    that’s what the kid is for.

  17. zuzu says:

    No “dumb” tag?

  18. grimc says:

    People who need this shouldn’t be anywhere near hand tools anyway.

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