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    Houston, We have a problem. Screwdrivers...

    So, was wondering why I couldn't find a screwdriver I wanted. Kept them in the top bin of my rolling tool cabinet. Pulled out all the screwdrivers from there, and a couple of other places and it looks like I'm pretty well stocked on screwdrivers, and driver bits, etc...

    I'm going to whittle this down to just want I need and make a hanging rack to hold just the most frequently used ones. Probably the old black handled craftsman ones and 1 or 2 of the ratcheting types.

    Does anyone have any kind of a screwdriver holder they particularly like? Most seem like just a pretty simple set of spaced holes, but I know we have some clever folks here.

    I'm going to sort all of the bits into one of those plastic multi compartment boxes.

    Now if I can just overcome my hoarding impulse and get rid of the extras somehow, instead of putting them in a box and storing them, that would make me happy.

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    i just use a block with holes in it brent and fill it with the ones i use, and another good thing is that if you have duplicates make your self a carry tool box and put a set in there as well.. that way when your in the woodshop you can look and see if they are all there and know to look for the one that isnt and it shouldnt be in your tool box that stays for outside jobs..
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    I've got a 'bucket' I use for carrying around. I've got an old tool box I'm thinking of equipping as you suggest.

    I'm thinking the old block of holes will work just fine and I can put that on one of my french cleats in the shop.

    Oh boy and I've got an issue as well with drill bits and driver bits. I'm pretty darn sure they were multiplying all by themselves in the drawers... I'm wondering how many complete sets of drill bits I can make.

    I don't think I'll need to buy another #2 phillips or Robertson in quite a long time.
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    I have used several holders and the successful ones have two things in common. (three sir!)

    - They are loose enough that I can easily get the screwdriver out -AND- put it back without having to feel like I am threading a needle.
    - The screwdrivers stand at attention when in the "away" state so I can easily inventory them from across the room to know that they are all there.

    I have right at hand the following:

    - #0, #1, #2, #3 and stubby Phillips
    - 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 3/8" and stubby slot
    - #0, #1, #2, #2-ball and #3 Robertson

    These handle 99.99% of my needs. The usual collection of other long, thin, curved, ratcheting, mini, etc. are in a drawer a few steps away. Others and dups are in the shed.

    One of my preferred holders right now holds two rows of four drivers perpendicular to the wall. This doesn't stick out far enough to be a problem and takes up a 1/4 of the wall length otherwise required.
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    glenn what is a #2 ball???
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    glenn what is a #2 ball???
    For when you have to be able to drive a screw form off-axis. . . . Not that anyone would mess up their design to where they would have to use such a thing . . . er, . . uh, . . . its just in case that should ever happen

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    There might be a support group available..............drivers anonymous or something like that, that would have a multi-step help program and monthly meetings??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    .........Now if I can just overcome my hoarding impulse and get rid of the extras somehow, instead of putting them in a box and storing them, that would make me happy...
    I cleared my horde by putting together a small toolbox of extra's and gave it to a neighbor kid..you'd of thought he won the powerball
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    I have a few of my favorites on magnetic bars above the workbench. I have 3 drawers full of extras. I can't seem to bring myself to cull them out. I also have drawers full of flashlights, knives, tape measures, sockets, allen wrenches, pneumatic fittings,and channel locks I can't seem to pass a hardware store without buying something I don't need.
    Almost forgot. I must have 30 rolls of teflon tape all over the shop and garage but can never find one when I need it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    I have a few of my favorites on magnetic bars above the workbench. I have 3 drawers full of extras. I can't seem to bring myself to cull them out. I also have drawers full of flashlights, knives, tape measures, sockets, allen wrenches, pneumatic fittings,and channel locks I can't seem to pass a hardware store without buying something I don't need.
    Almost forgot. I must have 30 rolls of teflon tape all over the shop and garage but can never find one when I need it
    Same exact issue. I've been wondering why it's so hard to find the tools I want when I have TOO many? So I'm cleaning them out, saving what I want/need and putting all the others into a big box.

    No neighbor kids to pawn them off on, but I'll find some way productive to forward them on.

    The irony is if I have less, it will be easier to find the one I want..
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