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    Small Parts Storage - Some More

    Funny how things work out. I'll be at Lowe's for something and I'll just pick up 'one more' of these Plano storage boxes. I gathered the hardware for my lumber rack the same way; an item on sale here, a 15% coupon there and eventually you have all the parts you need. The trick is knowing what you do need and how much you've picked up so far so you know when your done ;-)

    LOML dropped off a load of the 7/16" PB they use to divide palletized loads in the trucks that deliver to her site. I had enough boxes and now had some free material so I made a gathering place (the three bay unit on top) to go with the two 'temporary' ones I made 'way longer than temporary' ago that now live on the shelf below. Now I can empty out the last of the coffee cans, jelly jars and so forth that hold my odd ball hardware.

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    Paused to mount a hose reel while the glue set part way.

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    That reel was full with only 30 feet of rubber hose on it. I replaced it with 50 feet of Flexeel which is much more supple and it looks like it would take another 50 if I needed it.

    That's my great accomplishment for the day . . . where's my broom?
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    Glenn looking good. I just bought my first flexsteel hose about 2 months ago. It has to be the best thing to come along since sliced bread! I wish I had that when I turned wrenches for a living. I got so tire tripping over the old stuff.... It just never laid flat on the floor. Good going on the organization
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    glenn how do you know what is in all those plano boxes????you cant see in al of them? and they arent marked..
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    I've got to do the hose reel thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    glenn how do you know what is in all those plano boxes????you cant see in al of them? and they arent marked..
    Parts are by type so I only need to see through the ends. #6 and smaller FHWS in one, #8 FHWS fill another, washer head in another, brass, trim and so on. If you had a small amount of a lot of different types of hardware this probably wouldn't be a good choice for a system.
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    Hi

    Looks great! If there were barcodes on the shelves I'd have thought it was a shot of a hardware store.

    I've been organising over the past several weeks, and while I might have thought your solution was "over the top" a few weeks ago, I can see the wisdom of it now. Even with all my screws, etc in the same drawer (a major step forward), I still have to search for the size I need.

    I'll have to give a look to those Plano boxes and/or build something (esp for the screws I have in bigger quantities).

    Thanks for the idea.
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    I really like the compartmented plastic storage boxes. I label the front of the box and tape a compartment contents "tag" upside down at the bottom of each compartment. Usually I just cut off the item description from the bag or box and tape it under the contents. (I put them underneath because the boxes are mounted higher on the wall and getting them 'just right' on the box lid isn't easy.)

    I also have a few Stanley Storage Boxes for specialty items like network/coax, electrical, and solderless connectors.




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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Funny how things work out. I'll be at Lowe's for something and I'll just pick up 'one more' of these Plano storage boxes....
    Glenn,
    What are the overall measurements of those Plano boxes? I've been looking for a similar box that HD used to sell. I have shelf niches already configured for them, but noe HD has discontinued them. My old ones aren't marked, but I'm pretty sure thay weren't Plano.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gillis View Post
    I've been organising over the past several weeks, and while I might have thought your solution was "over the top" a few weeks ago, I can see the wisdom of it now.
    Been there, done that . . . that's how I got here ;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Glenn,
    What are the overall measurements of those Plano boxes? I've been looking for a similar box that HD used to sell. I have shelf niches already configured for them, but noe HD has discontinued them. My old ones aren't marked, but I'm pretty sure thay weren't Plano.
    These are from Lowe's and don't show up on Plano's website in this specific format which has frustrated me more than once. I use the same boxes to hold my router bits.

    I'll measure when I get home and post the measurements here but they're about 9 x 14 x 1-3/4

    Home for lunch; Actual size: Jim, since you say you already have niches, I'll give the actual outside dimensions including room for hinges and clasps: 14" x 9-3/8" x 1-7/8".
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 01-26-2009 at 08:12 PM.
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    I can't remember life before Plano or the cell phone.

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