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    Help! How do you organize your misc hardware?

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    After consolidating homes in two different states, and years of going to the hardware store to by that bolt that I KNOW I have but can't find until I buy another one, it has come time to face the music and get all this stuff organized, or sell it and resign myself to buying a bolt, nut, plumbing fitting, etc every time I need something.

    I have TONS of nuts, bolts, screws, nails, etc. in a huge disarray. How do you folks organize this kind of thing?

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    Clausen sells weird looking pickles in Kansas! For what it's worth, you're about 2 steps more organized than I am at home so will be interesting to see the suggestions.
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    You've seen my mess... so I sure can't help you!!

    Here's how I store SOME of my tube clamps..
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    I dont have tons of hardware, but it got overwhelming when I bought all the hardware I thought I would need to assemble my Bearhawk Patrol Kit. I organized the small pieces using plano boxes with adjustable sized compartments. Menards sells four packs of them. One box for nuts, one for washers, another for cotter pins, one for AN3 bolts, another for AN4 bolts, rivets, etc.

    Some stuff is too large for small compartments, like AN fittings, and loop clamps. So my next step up was to use a shoe box sized clear plastic container with a lid.

    The downside of the compartment boxes is if I drop my rivet box, I am in trouble. It would take some time to re-organized that one. so, I think a series of small rivet dispenser bottles, not unlike a salt shaker, should be considered. And keep this stuff out of reach of curious grand kids....I can just imagine the day of discovery and opens them up sequentially dumping them on the floor..."The fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control......."

    https://www.menards.com/main/tools-h...3082310730.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcone1381 View Post
    I dont have tons of hardware, but it got overwhelming when I bought all the hardware I thought I would need to assemble my Bearhawk Patrol Kit. I organized the small pieces using plano boxes with adjustable sized compartments. Menards sells four packs of them. One box for nuts, one for washers, another for cotter pins, one for AN3 bolts, another for AN4 bolts, rivets, etc.

    Some stuff is too large for small compartments, like AN fittings, and loop clamps. So my next step up was to use a shoe box sized clear plastic container with a lid.

    The downside of the compartment boxes is if I drop my rivet box, I am in trouble. It would take some time to re-organized that one. so, I think a series of small rivet dispenser bottles, not unlike a salt shaker, should be considered. And keep this stuff out of reach of curious grand kids....I can just imagine the day of discovery and opens them up sequentially dumping them on the floor..."The fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control......."

    https://www.menards.com/main/tools-h...3082310730.htm
    I actually looked at those at Menards the other day (we have one dangerously close to our house). Certainly the sliding plastic drawer things that I have have been less than handy and hard to tell what is in there.

    Hmmmmm

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    I like tilt bins. Much easier to see contents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Foy View Post
    I like tilt bins. Much easier to see contents.

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    I have a few, but they are not easily portable if you are going to work on something not in the shop.

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    My $50 follow up question - when do you say when? I have stuff that I have had for 30+ years that I have not touched - but might someday be useful! (unlikely). Is there are certain type of therapist that can help with this?

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    sj, how do we upload a video directly from our phone?? tapatalk don't work, computer won't either.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    I have a few, but they are not easily portable if you are going to work on something not in the shop.

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    thats worrying to much... "premature optimization is the root of all evil..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike mcs repair View Post
    Why is it that no matter how much shelf space or how many parts bins, there is always need for more?
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    I have an 18 month rule. If I haven't used it in a year and a half I must not need it. If I have something I haven't used in 18 months I either won't remember having it or won't find it. I've proven that time and time again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    My $50 follow up question - when do you say when? I have stuff that I have had for 30+ years that I have not touched - but might someday be useful! (unlikely). Is there are certain type of therapist that can help with this?

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    I give a lot of things I've had for years to my neighbor Jim, he's a hoarder. I don't need to store it anymore and it's close by if I need a part.

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    What! Nobody uses Blazo or 80/87 Avgas boxes for storage anymore? I have about 15 in my garage. Example:

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    Edit: latest evolution is zip-lock bags to sort then toss them in the boxes. I can find anything that way.
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    Mike,

    Please be my new neighbor... I'm fully certified to hold the dumb end of any tape measure and the wife bakes amazing pies and should boredom even set in she can kill any lawn mower ever built which makes for a never ending stream of projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike mcs repair View Post
    Mike, that is awesome, did you use the Dewey Decimal System to categorize it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    Mike, that is awesome, did you use the Dewey Decimal System to categorize it?

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    not quite....

    you should have seen when my girl friend moved 2 years ago, and i color sorted all her tubes of beads before i could put them away.... took weeks...

    organization is important, some days too important...

    and just a FYI, those cabinets don't ship well through the mail when full of bolts.... it took 23 YEARS to sort out the ones i moved from Naknek.....

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    SJ, boy did you open a coffee can full of worms. I've been working on some of this recently. One fantasy is to tag each bin with descriptor, AN Part Number or whatever, AND hot-glue a sample on the lid or front, depending on system. My FBO has a decent supply of common stuff, so that's my main store room, but always need stuff in my hangar, or when working elsewhere. And then I'm cursed with Hangar Elves who like to mix stuff, and Garage Trolls who do worse. It's too bad that Girlscout lacks the patience to sort through buckets of hardware, and randomly misplaced tools....

    Let us know what you come up with.

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    A local FBO used to throw all their loose hardware and whatever after a job in buckets or pans. The owner paid his daughter to sort through them and store. Last I saw years later the bulk containers were still full. Didn't work out at minimum wages. We customers used to pick through them like it was Halloween...which it is today I guess.

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    I also like these for customer projects hardware once it's purchased to keep it organized and separated from my own stock.




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    Join the military and pack yourself out every two years!!! I have screws and tools that are over 40 years old. The trick is to put like stuff all in the same spot. All screws go on the same shelf, same with bolts, abrasive paper, and tape. Now take bins and put plumbing, painting and other like stuff in totes. Get metal locker for all paints, and oils. NEVER throw the old stuff out. Get a few beers and spend some time in the shop doing nothing but looking at old stuff. Remember some may look at you as an old scrap that should be thrown out (NOT THAT I HAVE ISSUES!!!!!)
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    What’s HARDWARE....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffair View Post
    What’s HARDWARE....?
    Its what you fixed the fence with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    My $50 follow up question - when do you say when? I have stuff that I have had for 30+ years that I have not touched - but might someday be useful! (unlikely). Is there are certain type of therapist that can help with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    My $50 follow up question - when do you say when? I have stuff that I have had for 30+ years that I have not touched - but might someday be useful! (unlikely). Is there are certain type of therapist that can help with this?

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    I have lots of stuff (more than just hardware) in my new Cub which has been laying around for a lot longer than 30+ years. One must be selective when indiscriminately throwing stuff out.
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    On to tools now:

    I have seven cordless and two corded, and two pneumatic drills, granted some have impact capability, three jig saws, three palm sanders, two chop saws/PMBs, three plug in circular saws and one cordless, a couple grinders, and lots of "singles" like sawzall, laminate router, etc.

    I like all eleven drills, but really? How does one let go.... I guess I should have a tool sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    On to tools now:

    I have seven cordless and two corded, and two pneumatic drills, granted some have impact capability, three jig saws, three palm sanders, two chop saws/PMBs, three plug in circular saws and one cordless, a couple grinders, and lots of "singles" like sawzall, laminate router, etc.

    I like all eleven drills, but really? How does one let go.... I guess I should have a tool sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    On to tools now:

    I have seven cordless and two corded, and two pneumatic drills, granted some have impact capability, three jig saws, three palm sanders, two chop saws/PMBs, three plug in circular saws and one cordless, a couple grinders, and lots of "singles" like sawzall, laminate router, etc.

    I like all eleven drills, but really? How does one let go.... I guess I should have a tool sale.

    sj
    reward your self with a new one of each, IF you make the others go away....

    some tech had improved(not reliability, but functionality) I was impressed with the palm sander i bought 10 years ago new, it sanded great and didn't just shake my hand... after i bought 3 old Makita's off ebay... threw them away then...

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    Nice to have a drill for every common size bit. Saves time in changing them out. Use to have different size counters inks all chucked up when I was doing a lot of heavy sheet metal work.



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    Plus the cordless for convenience in quick change chucks and no cord or air hose needed.


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    And hardware organization is a long slow process. I have lots of "Gimme" shelves, drawers etc. It was great when the accounting forms came out online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    On to tools now:

    I have seven cordless and two corded, and two pneumatic drills, granted some have impact capability, three jig saws, three palm sanders, two chop saws/PMBs, three plug in circular saws and one cordless, a couple grinders, and lots of "singles" like sawzall, laminate router, etc.

    I like all eleven drills, but really? How does one let go.... I guess I should have a tool sale.

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    Between house, camp and hangar I think I now own three of everything. A lot more productive than than constantly bellowing to anyone within earshot "why can't I find my...."

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    I need that therapist. How do you organize those little things you only have one of? I routinely lose big things, like magnetoes.

    Worse, when I know I have one, it is usually at home when I am at the airport and vice versa. Drives me fruitbasket.

    I cannot even file paperwork properly. Good thing I only have four sets of logs around here. I have to look carefully to see which engine log goes to which Cub.

    Even my computer files are random.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    My $50 follow up question - when do you say when? I have stuff that I have had for 30+ years that I have not touched - but might someday be useful! (unlikely). Is there are certain type of therapist that can help with this?

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    Nope. best cure is to go ahead and pick the least likely thing and throw it away. then start counting the days til you need it.
    5 days most times. That will cure you of ever throwing good junk away.
    I may be wrong but that probably won't stop me from arguing about it.

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    Visited a very old farmhouse the other day... have it dialed in now...

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    Organisation of hardware.

    I'm starting to amass quite a collection of aircraft hardware. Screws, washers, AN bolts etc.

    While I don't have the amount a small maintenance shop would, I have too much for the lift the lid style organisers.

    Would appreciate and photo's and tricks that others use for such.

    Many thanks,
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    Plastic bins in a drawer toolbox is hard to beat. Mobile, bins removable, inventory at a glance.

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