I have very limited space to work in. A 13' x 14' basement room
shared with a washer and dryer.
I recently recieved a large amount of hand tools to add to my allready
unorganized pile of tools.
I bought some tool boxes, a 5 draw rolling cabinet with an 8 draw
cabinet on top.
A 5 draw rolling cabinet with a work surface on top.
also have 8-10 craftsman tool boxes of various sizes.
I'm sorting through these inherited tools now but I'm wondering how
best to organize them???
Wood tools in one cabinet? automotive tools in another?
Plyers in one tool box (probably 2 dozen various size and shape
plyers) Another box with all the various types of screw drivers?
All kinds of dividers, cutting tools, measuring tools. Lots of little
things that were just piled into these old craftsmen boxes. ( probably
50 years of my step dads accumulated tools )
I have a fair number of duplicates so I could make up muliple tool
boxes, each with an assortment of tools. Each box could be grabed for
a project around the yard and it would have most of the common tools
I have peg board and was trying to put everything on it but they dont
seem to make it back to the board...
I'd like to hear hw you orginaze your tools..
First thing that comes to mind is humidity & rust.
Washer / Dryer means warm moist air.
Second is security.
I've apparently donated a seemingly endless stream of tools to various
folk who work in the house.
Third, I would make up kits for various activities.
My tools are almost never used around the house as we own rental property
but maybe my madness will get you thinking.. To minimize the returned trips
for the forgotten tool I have them organized by projects. There are some
intentional duplicates, like screwdrivers, utility knives and putty knives.
Some that I bought because it was cheaper than driving home. Here is an off
the cuff breakdown per toolbox or storage container:
1.drill bits, hole saws and chisels.
2.masonry tools, floats, finishing tools, steel trowels, mason's hammer,
string, angle grinder, diamond blade, joint tools. Everything for concrete.
3.drywall tools, everything I need to hang and finish drywall.
4.glazing kit, everything I need to glaze a window including duplicate putty
5. plumbing tools. I need to break this one down to light and heavy duty.
It is too heavy
6. siding tools, good snips, unzipper, small level, nippers, gutter stuff.
7. Electrical, testers, wire nuts, wire stripper, romex connectors, pigtails
extra covers, extra devices, screws in all sizes for electrical use.
8. Air tools. Keep them all in one place. Keep the oil with them.
9. Torch, everything I need for pipe repairs in copper.
10. Extra 100' of air hose coiled in a 5 gallon drywall bucket.
11. One toolbox divided for common nail sizes.
12. One toolbox divided for common screw sizes.
I plan to add one more and keep all the air nailer nails in one box when I
get around to it.
I'm sure I missed something but this is the basic outline.
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