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a large baby bottle nipple found in the infanst section of the local Walmart or similar store
an at least 2 foot section of 1/2 inch I.D. soft vinyl tubing from Home Depot or similar hardware store
your wife's vacuum cleaner or your shop vac
cut the tip off the nipple, as much as you think is neccesary then slide the tube thru. leave about 1 inch inside the nipple. using the vacuum cleaner hose attachment, slip the large end of the nipple over the hose attachment. it should be a tight fit. once you have it attached, test it to make sure everything is attached right. slip the tube down the runner and turn on the vacuum. wiggle the tube around until you hear the sound of the nut or part being sucked into the tube. you'll know, believe me. remove the tube and turn off the vac right away. pat yourself on the back many times.
the vinyl tubing comes in different lengths from Home Depot or any hardware store. this worked for me and i hope it comes in handy for some of you out there that find themselves in the same pickle.