I dropped a magnet tonight and it fell in an enclosed space where can barely move it or slide it out from under my refrigerator. I've been trying to get it, but my hand is too big and it won't fit. What could I do to get it out?


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Maybe use an even stronger magnet, like a neodymium bar magnet, to fish out the fallen magnet?

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    What are the chances that by doing this you will end up with two magnets stuck to underside of the refrigerator?
    – Stan
    Sep 10, 2023 at 14:09
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    If the magnet is big enough, that would be a refrigerator stuck to a magnet, not a magnet stuck to the refrigerator. Problem solved. Sep 15, 2023 at 5:39

Try something like a back-scratcher, which is thinner than your hand, to reach under the appliance.

Turn it on its back with the 'fingers' facing upward. Then, maneuver the scratcher behind the magnet so that you can pull it toward you. It may help to put something under the 'fingers' so it is slightly raised to more firmly hold the magnet as you pull.

Good luck.

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    My first thought was wire clothes hanger, but the same principle. Bend as needed, hook over the magnet, pull.
    – Stephie
    Sep 11, 2023 at 4:32

If the magnet is important and you must retrieve it, but cannot reach, or it is stuck to the fridge frame:

  • switch off the fridge

  • sidle it away from the wall and tip it backwards

  • retrieve the magnet

  • replace the fridge

  • wait 4 hours for the refrigerant to settle before turning it on.

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