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Stainless steel and magnets

Post by Flintstone » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:31 pm

Question for the panel.

A friend has managed to separate his fuel cap and chain from the springy bit (similar to pic below). The latter has fallen into the tank (I can see it in there, all shiny and elusive, and he has asked me to fish it out, somehow. I know it is stainless steel but it isit likely to be ferritic or austenitic? If it's the former I've some little Neodymium magnets one of which could be taped to a stick.

What are my chances?



PS. Tank is aluminium (aluminum Mac) so I'm unlikely to add to the collection of bits sloshing around inside.



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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by RGSP » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:37 pm

95% likely to be Austenitic, grade 304 or something like it, which machines easily, and resists corrosion pretty well except for sea water and high chloride environments. Sorree!

I have a cheap 1 metre long, 6mm dia. endoscope, which might help you grab the offending piece, and you're welcome to borrow it.,

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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by Flintstone » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:48 pm

Thanks Dick, might need to take you up on that if the magnet fails. I've taped it to a piece of bamboo and a piece of wire t'other end as Plan B.
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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by footsfitter » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:59 pm

Flintstone wrote:Thanks Dick, might need to take you up on that if the magnet fails. I've taped it to a piece of bamboo and a piece of wire t'other end as Plan B.

Maybe Mac might let you borrow this??

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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by Flintstone » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:13 pm

footsfitter wrote:
Flintstone wrote:Thanks Dick, might need to take you up on that if the magnet fails. I've taped it to a piece of bamboo and a piece of wire t'other end as Plan B.

Maybe Mac might let you borrow this??

http://www.mactools.co.uk/rate-mac-tool ... ck-up-tool


Now that would definitely work.
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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by Lord Muck » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:27 pm

Flintstone wrote:
footsfitter wrote:
Flintstone wrote:Thanks Dick, might need to take you up on that if the magnet fails. I've taped it to a piece of bamboo and a piece of wire t'other end as Plan B.

Maybe Mac might let you borrow this??

http://www.mactools.co.uk/rate-mac-tool ... ck-up-tool


Now that would definitely work.
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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by Flintstone » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:55 pm

Lord Muck wrote:
Flintstone wrote:
footsfitter wrote:
Flintstone wrote:Thanks Dick, might need to take you up on that if the magnet fails. I've taped it to a piece of bamboo and a piece of wire t'other end as Plan B.

Maybe Mac might let you borrow this??

http://www.mactools.co.uk/rate-mac-tool ... ck-up-tool


Now that would definitely work.
If you get stuck I've got one.

I think the grabber would be better than Dick's colonoscopy kit. I've been scouring on line to buy one but can't find a seller. Fly in?
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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by footsfitter » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:11 pm

Flintstone wrote:
Lord Muck wrote:
Flintstone wrote:
footsfitter wrote:
Flintstone wrote:Thanks Dick, might need to take you up on that if the magnet fails. I've taped it to a piece of bamboo and a piece of wire t'other end as Plan B.

Maybe Mac might let you borrow this??

http://www.mactools.co.uk/rate-mac-tool ... ck-up-tool


Now that would definitely work.
If you get stuck I've got one.

I think the grabber would be better than Dick's colonoscopy kit. I've been scouring on line to buy one but can't find a seller. Fly in?
Standard ones like draper et all are usually about 2ft of usable reach. That Mac tools one is quite unusual.
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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by Lord Muck » Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:27 pm

Flintstone wrote:
Lord Muck wrote:
Flintstone wrote:
footsfitter wrote:
Flintstone wrote:Thanks Dick, might need to take you up on that if the magnet fails. I've taped it to a piece of bamboo and a piece of wire t'other end as Plan B.

Maybe Mac might let you borrow this??

http://www.mactools.co.uk/rate-mac-tool ... ck-up-tool


Now that would definitely work.
If you get stuck I've got one.

I think the grabber would be better than Dick's colonoscopy kit. I've been scouring on line to buy one but can't find a seller. Fly in?
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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by Flintstone » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:17 pm

Lord Muck wrote:You want to come up here ?

That'll work. Old Mike needs another 8 hours flying by late May and it's his aircraft so we could kill two birds with one stone. Looks like you're busy Friday so if the weather's do-able over the weekend and you are free?
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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by McFarmer » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:28 pm

Flintstone wrote:
Lord Muck wrote:You want to come up here ?

That'll work. Old Mike needs another 8 hours flying by late May and it's his aircraft so we could kill two birds with one stone. Looks like you're busy Friday so if the weather's do-able over the weekend and you are free?

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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by NQIT » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:45 am

McFarmer wrote:
Flintstone wrote:
Lord Muck wrote:You want to come up here ?

That'll work. Old Mike needs another 8 hours flying by late May and it's his aircraft so we could kill two birds with one stone. Looks like you're busy Friday so if the weather's do-able over the weekend and you are free?

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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by Flintstone » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:43 am

McFarmer wrote:
Flintstone wrote:
Lord Muck wrote:You want to come up here ?

That'll work. Old Mike needs another 8 hours flying by late May and it's his aircraft so we could kill two birds with one stone. Looks like you're busy Friday so if the weather's do-able over the weekend and you are free?

Jebus, get a room.

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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by Paul Griffiths » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:16 am

So after all these comments did you get the chain doohickey out ????

I dont muck around with magnets in fuel tanks I just use a piece of fencing wire
I find those bore scope things harder to use than just feeling around as I dont seem to get enough perspective inside

If you can dangle a little torch in the tank on a bit of string it helps to see what your doing

As you can tell I've dropped just the odd thing in tanks over the years

Paul

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Re: Stainless steel and magnets

Post by Flintstone » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:20 pm

Not yet. The key I was given to open the hangar door, doesn't. Also, the fuel drain taps I ordered have tapered threads whereas the original ones don't.

It's been one of those days.

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