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stefang

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07-06-2015 07:24 PM

I just installed a new air/dust filter in my shop. It hangs from the ceiling. I thought it would be a good idea to epoxy a small fridge magnet onto the remote so it could be attached to the side of the metal filter box so it would be easy to find when I needed it. I am just wondering if the magnet would interfere in any way with the signals from the remote or cause any problems with the batteries.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 07-06-2015 07:31 PM

If it’s a typical infrared type remote, it shouldn’t… but I doubt a fridge magnet would be strong enough, at least not those thin plastic things I’m used to. A rare earth magnet might be a better choice.

If you are concerned about the magnet messing up the remote, just apply one with some double sided tape and try it out first. You will find out pretty quickly if it works or not ;)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 07:38 PM

+1 for rare earth magnets. I have a funny story that involved my wife, captain Morgans and two rare earth magnets. Look, just dont drink and use rare earth magnets.

You should be good with the remote. In my experience they will fry a hard drive well but I haven’t seen anything else they will hurt (with the exception of my drunken spouses bottom lip).

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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stefang

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 07:56 PM

Thanks guys. The remote is super light so I think a fridge magnet or maybe two will do the job. Rare earth magnets cost about $10 each here. I will try with the carpet tape first as you suggest Brad.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 07:59 PM

Aesthetically: yes.

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 08:18 PM

What about velcro?

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 07-06-2015 08:38 PM

Mike, I have a strong rare earth magnet on my ceiling air filtration remote for 3 years now and never had any problems. Guess I have to honestly say that I never thought of it being a problem. But it’s working fine still.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Kazooman

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#7 posted 07-06-2015 08:43 PM



What about velcro?

Jim

- Jim Jakosh

+1

I can’t imagine the magnet bothering the remote, but my Jet came with Velcro.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 07-06-2015 08:47 PM

I’m old school Mike. Strong magnets and electronics have been used with very careful associations ;-) I wouldn’t take the chance.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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stefang

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#9 posted 07-06-2015 09:20 PM

The velcro sounds good even though the magnets don’t seem to be a problem. I could even just leave the remote in place if it the filter can receive the signals that way (my wife’s suggestion). Thanks a lot for all these good responses guys. It means I now have more alternatives.

Funny thing is that I bought this air/dust filter about 6 months ago and I kept putting the installation off. It only took me about 20 min. to install it today. It’s hung from the ceiling. If I become any slower I will either be standing entirely still or maybe even moving in reverse!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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MarcusM

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#10 posted 07-06-2015 09:35 PM

One of the benefits of going in reverse is you don’t have to look back to see your mistakes :)

Regards

-- Tilbilly Mark

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stefang

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#11 posted 07-06-2015 09:46 PM

No MARK, and I don’t look forward to them either.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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MarcusM

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#12 posted 07-06-2015 10:02 PM

Ha! Mike, neither do I…if I spent too much time on my mistakes…whether with foresight or hindsight, I’d never get anything done. :)

Regards

-- Tilbilly Mark

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 07-06-2015 11:29 PM

If I become any slower I will either be standing entirely still or maybe even moving in reverse!

- stefang

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Mike, even in reverse, we’re still moving.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 07-07-2015 02:56 AM

Hmmm…why rely on magnets, when you can make a nice wooden box to hold the remote?

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#15 posted 07-07-2015 03:23 AM

How about an old fashion piece of string and a hook ?
For high end look use a piece of leather !
Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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