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Old 05-17-2017, 07:34 AM   #1
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How are you organizing your Nuts Screws Bolts?

Here is my tube of fasteners...there has to be a better way. What's yours?
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:43 AM   #2
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Mine is all nuts and bolts unsorted in a box.

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The marine electonics place I worked for used tackle boxes.

Either the kind with internal trays, or the carrier with sectioned boxes.

The boxvstores all seem to have fastener organizers.

I have 2 carriers with 4 boxes per. One for screws, one for bolts. Then I have 15 or so plano sectioned for electrical, plumbing, clips, etc....
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:55 AM   #4
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I use a plastic tackle box with smaller containers inside.
Nuts/bolts in one container all mixed up, washers in another, etc.
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Old 05-17-2017, 08:00 AM   #5
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I have all my nuts bolts split pins ect in a plastic Tupperware container the amount of times I need anything it isn't worth the effort or loss of space using another method Its a boat not a work shop
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Greetings,
Mr. S. I too have a "system" similar to yours but I also have an el cheapo carrier similar to this: https://store.snapon.com/Parts-Stora...--P637243.aspx
but smaller and most definitely cheaper (bought it at Big Lots for less than $10-Should have bought 3 or 4).

HAH! Just did a quick search on Harbor Freight...Part #68238 and Part #40528 on this page https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-s...t-storage.html

The main advantage I've found is several lidded bins in a carrying case keeps things organized AND easy to tote a variety of containers with one hand. The other hand being for Band-Aids and the "cuss jar".
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Organizers don't work for me. after a while I wind up with more things than will fit onto the space or are too long or too big etc.

Everything Removed from packaging to save space and dumped into a box works for me. The trick is to have a tray that you dump them into to look for what you want. then the tray is poured back into the box. Worked for years.

I have a stainless box, brass box, plumbing box, hose clamp box, electrical box etc.
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Plano tackle boxes. Same with electronic parts.
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A zip lock baggie in a galley drawer for a quick location to put loose odds and ends. Every once in awhile sort the contents into those compartmentalized cases that I keep elsewhere
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I use Plano Stowaways. Depending on whats going in I size the compartments and use a drop of hot glue to hold the dividers in place. I hate when stuff migrates under the dividers! I also keep like size in the same compartment, IE SS 1/4-20 nuts bolts and washers to minimize the empty air space. Plain steel would go in another cell. You can get carried away separating everything perfectly, but that takes up a lot of room.
Basically, one tray holds SS 1/4" and under. One for everything over 1/4". One for electrical crimp terminals. One for heat shrink tubing, ty-wraps, cable supports and spare bulbs.
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Various sizes of Chinese Food containers and old deli meat boxes. . .

Over my lifetime, I've found it less frustrating to sift through a tub of fasteners for the odd screw or bolt on occasion then trying to not only organize but KEEP organized said fasteners in some kind of "system".
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Not every size or type has its own spot, but close enough that a few seconds is required to find what I need, not many minutes sorting through to find 2 or 4 of the same.

Then again I have a lot of leftovers that were given to me when I left the marine electronics pkace.

They gave away hundreds of dollars worth of stuff because resorting lazy employee tackle boxes wasn't cost effective.

I resort every couple of months while watching bad TV.
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This thread's title made me laugh because I just spent 5 minutes sifting through my unorganized nuts & bolts unsuccessfully trying to find a bolt...

Thank you for the post, RTF, I checked out the link and got some ideas on how to better organize my spares. Now to convince my 7-yr old daughter she doesn't need one of her clear plastic beading trays!
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There is a reason they called the giant tub of metal a "hell box". My father had one, and there is no way i was going to repeat such a scheme. I sort threaded by diameter. All 1/4" related SS or bronze in one container, #10 in another ,etc etc.
Sheet metal screws all together.
Plated steel isolated in one container.

Looking through a giant tub with M4 mixed with #8 and M5 with #10 coarse and fine will make you crazy.
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I gave up. Whatever I had, I either didn't have the correct length, size, or quantity. I'd have nuts without matching bolts, or vice versa. The right size and length but in pan heads when I needed oval or flat heads. Whatever I had was never what I needed.

Now I buy what I need as as I go.
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Greetings,
Mr. S. I too have a "system" similar to yours but I also have an el cheapo carrier similar to this: https://store.snapon.com/Parts-Stora...--P637243.aspx
but smaller and most definitely cheaper (bought it at Big Lots for less than $10-Should have bought 3 or 4).

HAH! Just did a quick search on Harbor Freight...Part #68238 and Part #40528 on this page https://www.harborfreigh2t.com/tool-...t-storage.html

The main advantage I've found is several lidded bins in a carrying case keeps things organized AND easy to tote a variety of containers with one hand. The other hand being for Band-Aids and the "cuss jar".
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Good choices, I use similar to the 24 compartment from HF, and have about 30 of them. Very easy to organize by bolts, nuts, screws, cotter, rivets, etc., etc. So when I want something I just look for the box labeled so.

And easy to transport.

I use hardware for boats, home, shop and aircraft. Im an aircraft mechanic, so most of the stuff is stored in my hangar. There's a lot of overlap, so I'll have some duplicate boxes of stuff, and some specialized only for boat.

I keep parts and bigger hardware in bigger storage boxes, and categorize it as to what it's for. Like engine parts/ hull parts/electrical, etc.

You just can't have too many screws or parts.
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Interesting thread. I'm with cool beans.

I wonder if there is a corollary between risk tolerance and fastener organization?
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I always buy extras so the storage will always take more space. never had a problem finding something when spread out in a tray.
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Here is mine. It is two-sided with an inner and outer section per side. It's a pretty cool box to work out of. I use one side for fasteners and one side for electrical thingys. Crimps, spade connectors, bulbs, etc. All you have to do is be careful moving it. While it hasn't hit the deck yet, I assume it will happen sooner or later and I will have hundreds if things to resort
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while watching bad TV.


Sounds analogous to wet water

Or am I thinking of that bad clown again
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