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Old 04-17-2015, 06:30 AM   #1
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How do you store all the random nuts, bolts, washers, screws, etc?

If like to have something that would consolidate a large selection of fasteners to one central place that is organized and easy to find items.

Right now I'm accumulating random boxes of all types of stuff everywhere.

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I do pretty much as you do and it's getting to be a mess and takes to long to find anything you need.Hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
I find myself lately trying to buy nails and screws in the large plastic containers that are stackable and have a handle.Even if you don't need them all now it's a good value and will eventually use them.
It just does not work for some special fasteners.
Good topic and I'm interested on how others do.

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You need to stop the madness now. Eventually you will have a ton of misc. screws and nails sitting with a thick layer of dust.

You will be on the job buying more, thinking, I've got these at the shop, but I need them now.

I work hard to not accumulate. Still have to clean out about 2 times a year.
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Install a 2x4 flat (3-1/2" face horizontal) to the wall. Place the fastener boxes on the 2x4. Prevents the piling up of the boxes.

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You need to stop the madness now. Eventually you will have a ton of misc. screws and nails sitting with a thick layer of dust.

You will be on the job buying more, thinking, I've got these at the shop, but I need them now.

I work hard to not accumulate. Still have to clean out about 2 times a year.
The madness.That's an understatement if I ever heard one.
I like shelf standards.I have installed them everywhere there is room for them.You can buy any sized brackets you want want.Throw a board on them and adjust as needed.
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I'm thinking something like this:







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Usage determines storage.

You've got wood screws and otherwise, of different lengths, of different diameters.
From scrap corrug. cardboard, make rectangular boxes of all shapes of 2, 4, 8, 16 & 32 cubic inches, 1" to 3" deep, that just fit in your available cabinets.
Label them.

These boxes will last longer if you coat them with stain.

Try to copy how stores lay them out.
If it's not visible, it's like you don't have it.
With boxes in back of one another, put the larger ones in the back.

Since this stuff has value, it's technically not 'hoarding'.

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I store almost nothing at the shop. I have two dedicated boxes on the van for that stuff(I don't want to know what it does to mileage). One is pretty bad and looks a little like what you have there but I fixed up the other one last fall with a bunch of Dewalt Deep Pro boxes, some older Stanley boxes that also had latching sides and a lot of Plano boxes for the smaller and miscellaneous stuff. It's very easy to manage and will be more so once I install more shelves so it's no more than one big box or a few little boxes per shelf.

For a shop setup I think what you showed would be good. Harbor Freight actually has a lot of that crap but I know you like the nice stuff
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I have thrown out so much it's unreal but like some say it gets out of hand. It gets to the point you have so many random bits and never enough to complete a job so you end up going to buy more and not touch the stuff you had stored. I prob threw away $250-300 worth of carriage bolts, nuts, screws etc etc the other day from just the trailer let alone the rest I have in basement just sitting in a mess in 25lb screws boxes.

The only stuff I do bother keeping and organizing is stainless fasteners as I don't often use them and when I do I only need a couple at a time.
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Lots of these. The bulk fasteners go into 5 gallon buckets. Our shop has dozens on old file cabinets doll of bolts and misc crap. Seriously.
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lots of these. The bulk fasteners go into 5 gallon buckets. Our shop has dozens on old file cabinets doll of bolts and misc crap. Seriously.

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I have several of the DeWalt containers as shown in your pics.They are handy to have but generally don't contain enough of any specific fastener I need.Still very handy for small things and I have several.
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I have two dedicated boxes on the van for that stuff
I had the stuff in plastic see-through sandwich bags. They conform to odd-shaped containers and you get very dense packing, no air spaces almost.
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I use labeled coffee cans.
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i absolutely hate those systems. total waste of time. you need someone with ocd to keep everything in its own bin.
everything ends up mixed up eventually.


I keep screws in the box they came in but also keep a selection in a dewalt tough drawer unit in the van. the individual boxes are great.

nuts bolts, random fixings, stainless, all sorts of useful crap , I put in plastic boxes with dividers in them. I don't mind this too much because those things don't get used that much
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First thing you should do is determine exactly how many of those screws you really need... each time of screw can be used for many purposes and may not necessitate all that... whittle it down to the minimum... and then break it into two case carrying totes for different cycles on the job... rough and finish...

Keep a shop supply of what it is needed at the shop at the tables you use them at...

IMHO, that storage system is a time waster... it's like trying to look at an excel spreadsheet full of numbers and thinking you can scan them all to find what you are looking for efficiently...

Case carrying totes like in post #11, show you at a glance what's in front of you...

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everything ends up mixed up eventually.
We had a draw for the 'orphans'. It never was empty.
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I have 10 of those in my trailer for specific tasks.
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I have four of the Dewalts, three Stanleys that are a bit smaller and a few mixed Planos for smaller stuff like finish nails, etc. I need about 1-2 more of each.

For bulk storage I don't bother with the organizers because we're just going to blow through them. I have a few Rubbermaid Roughneck totes that I drop on the job and fill up with the big boxes. For decks I have one full of brackets and one full of structural nails and screws.
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Peanut butter jars!!!

I have asked family friends co workers to keep them they are generally all the same size are durable easy to label.

Costco sells mixed nuts and they are more square then round in starting to collect those now and when I'm done eating I throw them into a old cardboard box till I have time to convert

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