I just throw them in coffee cans. Yea, I have to look through a lot of cans
when I need something but it is rare that I need to and I don't have to take
up a lot of space that is required to sort them out properly.
One can empty a can into the paint roller pan, sort through the stuff
till you find something, then dump the stuff back into the coffee can.
And one still has the pan for painting when needed.
Not being a coffee drinker limits my options. <G>
If you want to get serious about storage and have an available 36" X
18" footprint of floor space, then get an industrial shelving unit.
Make sure it's heavy duty and has about 10 -12 shelves. Space the
lower 8-10 shelves about 6" apart. Space the upper shelves about 12"
Now buy a case of cardboard bin boxes and a case of dividers.
Put it all together and you should have about 100 pull out bins with
each one having seperate compartments. It'll store a lifetime supply
of small hardware, plumbing, electrical parts, spray paint, car parts,
etc and everything will be easy to find.
Shelving units aren't that expensive if you shop around. Find a
supplier that sells used warehouse/industrial supplies.
On Sat, 4 Dec 2004 21:12:28 -0500, "Jeff Guay"
Or you can just do this:
Gather up all those old nick nack bolts, nuts, screws, washers, pins,
etc. Now bring the garbage can near and throw all that old shit away.
Next time you do a project go out and get new nuts and bolts. When you
are finished with the project, throw away all the extra new nuts and
bolts. Do NOT keep more junk. Im sure you have enough now.
And the following week, usually on a night after the stores are closed, you
break something and need that odd sized bolt you tossed. My collection of
saved (but sorted or otherwise reasonably neatly stored) old stuff saved my
ass a couple of times.
I already got it, don't have to go to town to get more, don't have to
pay any more rent to put another one on the shelf and since it's all in
the barn and/or shop it's dry so it doesn't rust. A little organization
up front does help. I can simply not imagine not having a pretty
complete supply of fasteners of all types at hand. (Of course I'm one
of the ones who saves and re-uses old nails, too... Grandpa (and Dad)
would turn in their graves if I didn't... :) )
If I need to do some spray painting I don't need to run to the store.
If I decide to change oil, I can grap an oil filter and oil that I
bought on sale.
If a pipe breaks, I can make a repair without hunting down parts.
If I need some tape or a tie wrap I can find one in less then 5
If a hose is leaking, I can dig out a hose clamp and/or washer without
leaving the house.
I think you get the idea.
My storage unit has been invaluable and I'm not throwing away my junk
when I can organize, store, and use it.
On Sun, 05 Dec 2004 22:32:21 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Lets just say Im not poor. My time is valuable. I dont have time to
sort through 10 - 4lb coffe cans looking for that one special thumb
tack or that one 1-5/8 long counter sunk phillips head wood screw. I
dont have a weekend to spare to make a 40+ row of baby jars hanging
from something in my basement and then spending all that time to sort
all that shit in all those damn jars. Id much rather spend my time
golfing, walking, riding bikes, coaching, doing things with my kids
and family. Screws, nuts and bolts are not on the tops of my list.
Send the overage to me, I'll save it... :)
It's 5+ miles to town, Ace is <EXPENSIVE>, plus all the rest of the
hassle of not just going to the shop and getting what's needed. Then,
if the supply is low, put it on "the list" and replenish next time <are>
Bought about 50 bread loaf baking pans from the bakery when they updated
their ovens years ago...nice, four one-pound loaf trays with a frame
around the outside to keep them together. Built several sets of
shelving racks to hold them. Could do something very similar with
either shop-built drawers or either cardboard or plastic bins...
Also keep a commercial assortment rack of machine bolts in both english
and metric sizes --these came with wall-hung storage units of their own.
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