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Old 09-08-2020, 06:15 PM   #1
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What's Your Hardware/Fastener Storage Solution?

I've collected a lot or bolts, screws, washers, you name it, I've got it! I was hoping to get some ideas on how to organize them and what kind of containers to use to keep them in. Looking forward to hearing your solutions...my mason jar is getting full!
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I use storage containers like these. Got them at Home Depot. Have one each for electrical connectors, sheet metal screws, nuts and bolts, large electrical connectors, 2 for snaps.

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Dave, do the bolts, screws, etc stay confined in their compartments when you hold the closed case vertically? I've seen some (not this one) that generally mix up all the parts if carried vertically.
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For a while I was drinking protein energy drinks that came in a 6 once clear bottle with a red cap. Works well for screws and fasteners up to 3/8". Use a label maker to mark the top of the cap. Currently they're in a cardboard box. Probably need to upgrade to a tray.

It's important to remember that you don't need a lot of each one, better to have a few of every size.

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I had a unit like this mounted to one of the engine room walls. I like having the clear front, easier to see what was inside.

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Dave, do the bolts, screws, etc stay confined in their compartments when you hold the closed case vertically? I've seen some (not this one) that generally mix up all the parts if carried vertically.
Yes they do as long as you latch the top, ask me how I know... Now I am especially careful to latch it after I get what I want out even if I think I will need another item shortly. I latch them up immediately since it takes several hours to sort them all out again. I have about 20+ pounds in the nuts and bolt box and it holds just fine. You want the ones that have individual boxes inside and not the slide in dividers, those don’t keep things separate.
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What's Your Hardware/Fastener Storage Solution?

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I've collected a lot or bolts, screws, washers, you name it, I've got it! I was hoping to get some ideas on how to organize them and what kind of containers to use to keep them in. Looking forward to hearing your solutions...my mason jar is getting full!


First of all, Semper Fi!

I use the Husky brand from Home Depot. There are 2 sizes, the pic is of the larger one, the smaller ones are basically the large one but half the size. Things stay put except for smaller washers, they make a mess.

I really like the smaller ones as they stack well and fit well in small weird boat places....and if you drop a small one your mess is smaller.

I have about 8 bins for various things. Screws. Bolts. Snaps. Electrical. Nuts. Washers. Fuses. And a random one for those weird things you donít dare throw out.

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If you have a Harbor Freight near you they have a lot of storage solutions.

I also use a fishing tackle box with removable, pull-out storage compartments which
also houses the electrical terminal supplies.
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If you have a Harbor Freight near you they have a lot of storage solutions.

I also use a fishing tackle box with removable, pull-out storage compartments which
also houses the electrical terminal supplies.
I also use Harbor Freight storage boxes. Cheap and many different sizes are available.
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After many years, I gave up. I have a huge variety or everything, except enough of what I need. I never have the right length, the right size (#6, #10?) or the right number. I'll have bolts, but not enough nuts (or vice versa).

Now I simply buy what I need when I need them. Storing every size (length) of every size (diameter) screw, bolt and nut and washer simply doesn't scale to a reasonable means of storing them all.
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Let me tell you something you will thank me for -------- if you don't already know about them.

First, get a parts organizer that has REMOVABLE BINS. I have four of the ones shown below. 1 for all bolts, 1 for all screws, 1 for all nuts/washers, and one for electrical.

I only sort the bins to a general level for each - "large"/"medium"/"small", "short"/"long", etc.

Then get a SORTING TRAY that has a funnel at the edge - I use the one below.

You dump out your bin, use the tray to EASILY find what you need, then pour the rest right back into the bin.

Maybe I was just stupid (high probability), but this ROCKED MY WORLD.
If you don't already do this - DO IT!! Do it NOW!
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I have a number of these https://www.harborfreight.com/24-div...rtment+storage in addition to the various small jam jars full of single item things.
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I put all fasteners in a bin and use a sorting tray when i need to find the correct one.

Those individual sliding drawer sets aren't worth anything. Too much space for their utility and too hard to see contents until open. Put stuff in a jug and dump in a tray if you want it simple.
I use plastic food storage containers with snap on lids, not glass.
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Sorting takes more time that the job I want to do most times, the the plastic sectioned trays work for me, and you can flip them upside down and toss em around and nothing gets loose or mixed up.
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2nd those, I use the Stanley version, they interlock and stack well. I've stacked them 10 high in the engine room and bungee cord them down. Label them on the sides.

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Like many things, it depends on where how you boat and for what lengths of time.

The old cliche is very true "The definition of cruising is: fixing your boat in exotic places."

I found having a great supply of sorted, very easy to access fasteners on board to be a godsend. Likewise various parts and tools.
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Thanks for all the advice and ideas. I'm getting a couple of the Stanley 25-Compartment Shallow Pro Small Parts Organizer at Home Depot. I think it will fit my needs. Lots of removable trays and stack-able.
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I have a number of these https://www.harborfreight.com/24-div...rtment+storage in addition to the various small jam jars full of single item things.
HF also sells the same container full of a variety of SS screws, or what have you, for about twice the empty price.
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I'm not sure whether you mean for on the boat or in the shop. This is my in-the-shop method, but others may have a boat large enough for same.

I buy most of my fasteners from McMaster Carr, and they come in little white cardboard boxes (not corrugated, but more like a cereal box). I keep them in those boxes, which are labeled as they come, but add more labeling on all sides with a black sharpie.

I have kept the boxes in a few different schemes. For a while I had them in larger cardboard boxes by size (1/4", #10, etc.). Then I used one of those Stanley type black and yellow boxes with the removable bins (putting the small white boxes in the bins). Now I use a set of large shallow drawers in a roll-around toolbox. This was a more "economical" box so lightish duty, but fine for fasteners. So nice to pull out a drawer and see all the boxes nice and tidy.

For oddball or used-but-still-good fasteners, I either use a previously emptied McMaster box (if it's a set), or I do have one divided compartment plastic box that is sort of "Misc," but roughly divided by type (pointy or not) and head (flat/oval or cap/truss/etc.

I'll probably never have a boat big enough for this system, so there it will just be one "jar" of misc. and a sorting tray.
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HF also sells the same container full of a variety of SS screws, or what have you, for about twice the empty price.
Have you ever stuck a magnet into a some HF "stainless" screws?

I have.

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