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Old 11-16-2019, 09:17 AM   #46
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After much nagging by one of my guys, I bought a labeller... I think its a brother... that thing is GREAT! I forget how much it was, I think $50? and the refill tape is like $20... I like the smaller tape, I got refills last time in the smaller tape, and this time got the larger tape, the larger tape is easier to read but too big.

I went thruogh the shop this summer and labelled oodles of stuff... Its nice for last minute reminders too... Like on my screen door, on the window eye level:

Got Your House Keys?



I cant tell ya how many times I have locked myself out of my house!

I did the tool boxes, since I re-organized the tools metric in one box, sae in another, and specialty tools (like rear break tools) in the accessory boxes... so now every thing is labelled, it looks a bit old man-ish, but makes life a lot easier.
I love my labeler, and I love the different tape sizes. You can even get clear tape, print backwards, and put it on the inside of a clear lidded parts box.

But, I have another question. What is this locking yourself out of your house that you speak of. I don't understand the concept of locking your house. Why does one do that?


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Do you lock your car while inside a store or leaving it at the airport when flying somewhere? I do this and also lock my front doors so no kid can come in and steal something. Why put your home and the people inside at risk needlessly?



When a smart criminologist took over the San Jose police department he had his people crack down on truancy and as a result the number of home burglaries dropped by two-thirds.
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I am in the process of a garage build, I use kaizen foam to arrange my tools
it's 100 times better, can see instantly where your tools are and keeps them safe and useable !

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Over the years of doing projects, I have accumulated a collection of nails, and screws almost all in boxes stacked on my shelf. It seems like every time I needed one of them, it was always on the bottom of the stack making it a pain to pull. Additionally, I had a number of plastic containers with assorted machine screws, nuts, bolts, washers and salvaged hardware off discarded furniture such as t-nuts.

I decided I had to do something. I wanted organization but I also wanted portability but did not want spend a lot of money.

I did some online searches and found Home Depot had an assortment of organizing cases.

I took stock of the hardware I had and worked out what I needed. I settled on two style of cases.

The first were a couple of 10-compartment cases which I used for decking screws, large wood screws, nuts, bolts and washers.



The smaller cases I used for finish nails and my small assortment of brass screws



I made sure that to keep things organized between bins, nuts, bolts and washers in one, screws in another, nails in another etc.

The clear windows make it easy to see what are in the compartments. Using my P-Touch label maker (I love that thing), I labeled each of the bins as to screw size and length.

I then put a label on the edge to identify the contents. Since the cases are stack-able, this makes it easy to pull the one I need from the shelf.

It was satisfying to see all those little empty cardboard boxes piling up in the trash and realizing how much easier future projects would be with this organization.

I am almost done with this project as the only thing I have left to organize are wall plugs and wire nuts.
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Old 01-27-2020, 09:50 AM   #50
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My one car garage has pretty much every inch utilized.
Pegboard and cabinets help a lot. Most of the time I
can find what I am looking for.
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Since I had a huge supply of fittings for cable, phone, and data wiring, I used these as a way to store the fittings and the tools.


https://www.walmart.com/ip/Plano-Sto...ments/41750496


They fit nicely in a cheap roll small roll around suitcase.


Then I used clear storage totes for power saws, and various other large tools.


I now use large clear totes for painting supplies, drywall supplies, etc, etc, each with a place on the shelf in the shop.


Use the Harbor Freight miter saw stand for both my miter saw and table saw.


Still can't find anything....
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I had a 4-drawer file cabinet with a couple of empty drawers and started puting a circular saw and its blades and wrench in the drawer and found it easy to find what I needed. I now have a 4-drawer lateral cabinet and a 5 drawer lateral file cabinet and they hold all the tools that are not in hard cases (these go on shelves). I paid very little for these Steelcase file cabinets as they were used and sold as such. With their ball bearing slides they hold heavy power tools and batteries, chargers, and blades and make it easy to quickly find what I need.



I use pegboard to hold many of hand tools and have it in 3 different areas with tools sorted for carpentry and plumbing tools and hand saws.
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I have a workshop where I keep most of my tools. I also do some handyman work so I use both the Dewalt stack system and the Milwaukee pack boxes.
I also have an electricians bag, and a duffle bag for hand tools. A few boxes with dividers for screws and electrical parts. I use one box for cords, another for drills, bits, drivers etc. Another box for saws.
I tend to buy power tools that have cases. Keeps them clean when not using them and makes them easy to locate when I need them.
I have learned the hard way to put things in their proper place when being at a job and not finding what I need. I also have duplicate tools that stay in the travel gear. (tapes, marking tools, speed, square....etc.)
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I had a 4-drawer file cabinet with a couple of empty drawers and started puting a circular saw and its blades and wrench in the drawer and found it easy to find what I needed. I now have a 4-drawer lateral cabinet and a 5 drawer lateral file cabinet and they hold all the tools that are not in hard cases (these go on shelves). I paid very little for these Steelcase file cabinets as they were used and sold as such. With their ball bearing slides they hold heavy power tools and batteries, chargers, and blades and make it easy to quickly find what I need.



I use pegboard to hold many of hand tools and have it in 3 different areas with tools sorted for carpentry and plumbing tools and hand saws.
Check on-line for auctions on used office supply equipment. You can often get high quality file cabinets and storage shelves at really good prices.

I scored three heavy duty shelving units in a similar manner. I had to buy a steel cutting blade to trim about 4-inches the vertical supports so I could fit them in my garage.
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I scored three heavy duty shelving units in a similar manner.
Likewise I was on a jobsite where a house had been gutted due to an improper furnace rollout and subsequent fire. Structure was fine. We had to replace several windows and interior doors. In the dumpster was 4 complete steel shelving units that had "smoke" damage and were being replaced. Yep, right on the truck they went. Smoke, schmoke, they hold a bunch of stuff in the shop.

OK, so I am OCD, but in my screwdriver drawer, all standard tips handle toward you, and all phillips, handle away. Otherwise the shop is in total disarray for most of the time .
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speaking of screwdrivers, and if we weren't, who cares....

I have made a change in my buying habits when it comes to screwdrivers. They must have the tip markings on the ends of the handles. That way, I can grab the driver I need with minimal picking.

Now, I just wish that plier makers would imprint what the plier is on the end of the handle.
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speaking of screwdrivers, and if we weren't, who cares....

I have made a change in my buying habits when it comes to screwdrivers. They must have the tip markings on the ends of the handles. That way, I can grab the driver I need with minimal picking.

Now, I just wish that plier makers would imprint what the plier is on the end of the handle.
When it comes to screwdrivers (and most electrical tools), I only buy Klein
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Lo and behold, and what does Klein do on their screwdrivers?


Some manufacturers put the tip size on the ends. Like P0, P1, S0, 1/4, etc

Still trying to decide which I like better.
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Started off fitting everything into a few 44" HF toolboxes, all centralized in the garage, however this led to thousands (yes, thousands) of trips back and forth for ANY job retrieving tools. After recommendations on here, have been migrating to specific purpose bags & bins.

Picked up these nice Veto bags last black friday during a BOGO sale and loving the design and durability. Have it split into general purpose hand tools and then another bag for drill/impact, basic bits, small laser level. Still "optimizing", but when do we ever really have a perfect setup?



Likewise, here's the electrical bag.


Also, have a plumbing bag using one of the Husky open top models. As pointed out earlier, leads to some tool duplication, but worth it in convenience factor.


Still haven't found a great way to keep screws, bolts, nails, etc organized, but also portable. Been experimenting with the Husky & Dewalt parts organizers (husky, dewalt). Working okay, able to label the lids and then take individuals containers out to wherever work is being done.
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Online auctions work fine for a tractor but for an office cabinet the requirement would to buy an entire lot which could be for 20 cabinets. Craigslist has worked by far the best to find these in my area (within 70 miles of my house).
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