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  1. pishta

    pishta I know I'm right....

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    I NEED HELP......organizing my tools!
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    This was a cleanup of my tool chests to find what sockets and wrench sizes (metric and SAE seperated) I was short. I found seven 17mm sockets....and one 16mm. I still got some random tools laying around the garage so ill have to make a sweep and get them all back in the same chest and all of 'em inventoried in the ol' noggin. When is the last time you needed a 25/32 socket?
     
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    • scott657

      scott657 Well-Known Member

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      your swamped make 2 sets of everything and give the extras to a youngster.
       
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      • rustycowll69

        rustycowll69 Well-Known Member

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        one thing I DO know is: Throw away that 25/32" socket and you'll find a use for it in a week or two.
         
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        • str12-340

          str12-340 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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          More tool boxes! The more space where you can sort stuff into categories, the better. Once you get it sorted out always put stuff back in the same place, after awhile you'll always know where to find stuff.
           
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          • CFD244

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            Looks Ok to me:)
             
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            • Tooljunkie

              Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

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              Looks fine from here. mind you, all my excess goes into my other building to save trips back and forth.
              then there is the broken/worn out tool collection. I save them to weld to other tools to make different tools. AKA Hokey tools.

              my pickup, never checked the rear diff oil, as the cork was boogered. I had a twisted 3/8 short extension,so i welded it to the plug, while it was still hot,i cranked it out.
               
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              • YY1

                YY1 Well-Known Member

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                Looks like wrenches in one pile ratchets in another pile and sockets grouped together.

                what's the problem again?
                 
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                • Cuda416

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                  I like the little socket organizers. They take up some room but I know where every socket is, even the 10mm...

                  Same thing for wrenches.
                   
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                  • rustycowll69

                    rustycowll69 Well-Known Member

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                    hahaha. yeah, what is with those disappearing 10mm's?
                     
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                    • Cuda416

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                      True story. A friend of mine, so proud of his hopped up miata, was showing me his handiwork. Nothing to complain about, he did a good job.

                      As I looked down into the passenger side of the engine compartment, I asked him if he was missing a 10mm wrench.

                      "Yeah, how'd you know?" Was his reply..

                      My answer " cuz it's stuck on that nut right there...."

                      That was in the parking lot at work. He'd been missing it for days....
                       
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                      • toolmanmike

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                        :rofl::rofl:
                         
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                        • toolmanmike

                          toolmanmike Moderator Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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                          THis ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
                           
                        • 69hemibeep

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                          First you need a larger garage for the new tool boxes LOL
                           
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                          • barbee6043

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                            Who can afford a large tool box!??
                             
                          • Mpacker

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                            I’m still sorting through the horde my dad left behind when he passed. I had to cram it, the big block, numerous other parts and the Dart into a single car garage under my townhouse, on top of my 34 years of acquired tools. I’ve gotten all the big stuff organized and am down to about 3, 5 gallon buckets worth of small items. I haven’t laid a finger on the Dart since I got it home last summer. I’m close now though!
                             
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                            • H22A4

                              H22A4 Does anyone read this?

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                              It will probably be similar with a lot of folks in this thread who have A LOT of tools, many duplicates, due to inheriting them from their Dad or their father in-law. Because of the sentimental attachment to those special people in our life, we’re going to hold to those tools, even if we haven’t used them in years. And there’s nothing wrong with that either.

                              It does have me wonder who buys all the new tool sets in stores if most of us have duplicates of everything! It’s probably fair to say we each have at least doubles of the basic tools (standard socket set, a few different sizes of crescent wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers)?
                               
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                              • Dana67Dart

                                Dana67Dart The parts you don't add don't cause you no trouble FABO Gold Member

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                                I like the magnetic socket holders. Red metric, black standard.
                                I have one drawer for metric wrenches one for standard. Wrenches are laid out smallest to largest.

                                I also have a storage cabinet with shoe box sized containers, labeled with misc auto tools, labels are like radiator tools, electrical tools, puller tools etc.

                                Now in your defence... 75% of my tools are dumped into a 5 gallon bucket and on any horizontal surface that can be found.

                                Last week I needed a plum bob. I have a real one in my collection. I went to where I remembered it being last, not there. Looked for a few minutes, gave up and made one out of a bolt. When I was done with the job i, as usual dumped the tools into a bucket with other tools, what was right there on top. Yep the real plumb bob.
                                 
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                                • halfafish

                                  halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

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                                  Hey! How did you get that photo of my workbench?!? Seriously, we must be related somehow. I had to go through and give away all the duplicates and triplicates in my stash. It's much easier now, with sockets all on the storage strips, and wrenches in a rack, and in order.
                                   
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                                  You know how people have businesses where they go and organize people’s closets? Someone should do the same but for garages. They give you a price up front to organizing everything, go through all the stuff sorting and cleaning, and if there’s anything you want to get rid of they take it and deduct it from the cost of doing the job. I would pay for that! Monthly almost!
                                   
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                                  • Righty Tighty

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                                    I was about to say the same thing!

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                                  • pishta

                                    pishta I know I'm right....

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                                    Im so close to an HF that its faster (and funner) to drive and buy a $7 set than hunt for the elusive 1/2 or 9/16 that seems to be used on everything on a slant. That's probably why I got 7 17's.
                                     
                                  • halfafish

                                    halfafish Damn those rabbits, and their holes! FABO Gold Member

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                                    OK, if we're going to rat ourselves out...........here's the workbench I built about 15 years ago. I haven't seen the top of it in over 10 years. :eek:

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                                  • Dana67Dart

                                    Dana67Dart The parts you don't add don't cause you no trouble FABO Gold Member

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                                    I win...
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                                    • Righty Tighty

                                      Righty Tighty FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                                      @Dana67Dart That may be so, but I’ll give you a run for your money... 36A148C4-99EB-40AA-9F6B-AD17E4CB439E.jpeg 337A6FFB-8F3F-460E-9F95-330440A4F5B9.jpeg 84F3B5C7-FF0A-463B-85EA-5BFB4D233622.jpeg F2CA0119-4853-4CD1-BC5E-47BCF6DEDC2B.jpeg 4D0173F7-7A46-495C-928D-86DE489CDE5A.jpeg
                                       
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                                      • MarPar

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