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Old 08-09-2009, 09:36 PM   #21
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I think if you are doing high end job all your tools must be clean and gangboxes/trucks/equipment/gear/sheds/garages too.
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:38 AM   #22
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I thrive in chaos. Period. I looked at the pic and thought..meh.... if you could only see my shop....It's a whole room like that.
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Paulie,

I've been looking at that picture for an hour and still can't find Waldo

(I did find the wrench for your drill chuck)

looks like you will be able to save a few trips to the local hardware when you get it done
I thought he was beginning a collection to start a hardware store...
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Here it is as we speak...
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The view from where I sit
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What , my OSHA flip flops? Let me tell you that salesman lied... chemical stripper between the toes doesn't just disappear...
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actually, your tools in general look like they're pretty organised. You just have a bunch of junk you need to store elsewhere
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JUNK! those are each and every, precious jewels!
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To the OP. If everyone else goes to your truck to get stuff they forgot, I don't see your problem. I'd put a little coffee can there and start demanding tips. A little extra income.
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JUNK! those are each and every, precious jewels!

maybe need a jewelry box?

actually its not as bad as some I've seen. At least a guy can still walk around in it
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To the OP. If everyone else goes to your truck to get stuff they forgot, I don't see your problem. I'd put a little coffee can there and start demanding tips. A little extra income.
Yeah right, if I do that I'll end up with a morning biscuit and tea in there.

As far as being OCD chainsaw charlie organized I don't think it's possible in residential remodel. There are just to many variables you can't count on. There's a limit as to how many fasteners you can transport in a toolbox/trailer. The trick is to keep em' organized.

Just started a new tote today for Mollies.
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OK so after another hour of sorting I came up with this (for fasteners). I got these on sale somewhere awhile back. The plan is when I need a few of anything I get a 1lb box use (a few) then dump the remainder in a compartment. Yeah I'll probably need a few more totes but I started figuring how much time/money I spend looking through chaotic stashes of fasteners for 5 drywall screws that I didn't count on and it wasn't a small number.
I have about six of these and every compartment is full. They are LIFE SAVERS.

It took me an entire weekend to sort through every bucket, box, bin, container in my garage, but it's worth it. It's easier to find the fasteners I need, and to store any new fasteners I get.

At about $55/hr, I'm not paying employees $1/minute to dig around for some screws. They need to be able to find what they need immediately (or I need to), to stay productive for me.

Plus I don't hold on two hundreds of fasteners I will probably never use... face it, if they sat in a bucket for three years, I wasn't going to use many of them anyway - so a full compartment of screws & anchors of each type is plenty.

If my storage box looked like the OPs, I'd never get out of bed in the morning.

That or just dump the whole thing in the lake and start new.

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That or just dump the whole thing in the lake and start new.[/quote]


Pretty close, I dumped the mess in a kitty litter bucket. But your right, time = money and being organized saves a lot of time!

It's just so easy to put it somewhere "for now". Kinda like I only have time to drink one.
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Kinda like I only have time to drink one.
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If you could only know ahead of time how long it will take you to find that metric screw with just the right head size that will fit through something and still hold that section together.
I can't tell you how many hours I have wasted on such endeavors. Only to walk away empty handed.
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I got this (av4850) 5 years ago it has held up great even with stuff piled on top of of it all the time.
2 draws for small tools the other 2 for fasteners, a little pricey but well built and durable

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These units are great, I had them way back when I worked out of a 1 ton Chevy van. Had two 4 ft wide units, one at the back door and the other at the side door. Then I built a floor over them so the inside of the van was flat and smooth, and then installed my shelving, etc.

To the OP, have you thought about the bucket trays that fit inside of a 5 gallon bucket. I have three 5 gallon buckets with the trays to keep miscellaneous nails, screws, etc. somewhat organized.

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