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Old 01-14-21, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
How canoe find anything in there?
It's not really THAT bad is it? I think the camera perspective is working against me. Those are 27 foot long boats!
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An LBD keeps CF from assploding. You know how CF assplodes, right? Load Bearing Decals keep it together
Load Bearing Decals. That's a new one, thx
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Old 01-14-21, 04:22 PM
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...got me motivated to do what I've wanted to do for the 20 years I've been in this house...
Whew! Five more years before I have to clean up.

Your shop looks great, OP.
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How are you going to know what you have if you donít root through the collection every once in awhile...I have found more stuff that I didnít know I needed, while looking for something else...
Yeah, I keep finding stuff that I bought years ago and thought I needed X and really needed just Y...

That and a "friend" did me a "favor" and dropped my well organized drawer, then did me another favor and threw it all in a different box. I was like "Oh no." I still have a hard time finding just the right size hose clamp... until long after I have put the wrong size into operation... then the right one pops up in the wrong place...

I now have bins like you do, but have yet to sort stuff... I am just not sure if my SMA connectors belong next to the brass screws or what... For now it's all just scattered on a long shelf in low beer case boxes. SIGH... and I can never find anything in a hurry.
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My garage workspace is feeling small and inadequate.
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My garage workspace is feeling small and inadequate.
Don't feel bad. I do this stuff for a living* so it's not like it's my home workshop.


*living is very loosely defined here as I am only part time due to being Daddy Daycare and I don't need to make an actual living doing this.
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My wife and I started a week ago, cleaning the basement (there's a story to that), that got me motivated to do what I've wanted to do for the 20 years I've been in this house. I also had a collection of pegboard holders I wanted to use. Put up pegboard (12 ft of it) added some parts from Home Depot, added 3/4" finish grade plywood to extend my work table (that's a re-purposed 3ft x 6ft butcher block former kitchen table as the base. Started collecting all the tools that were stashed away in no order in assorted tool boxes (10 tape measures, 7 levels of ​​​​​​assorted sizes, 2 caulk guns, 3 hacksaws, you get the picture), etc....Going to get some more holders, hammer holders, trays etc... to improve a bit. It's great.

That was a blank cinderblock wall where the pegboard is now.

Looks pretty nice, but you can't stop there. Now you have to outline every tool with tape so you never put any tool in a different spot
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Looks pretty nice, but you can't stop there. Now you have to outline every tool with tape so you never put any tool in a different spot
The way we do it at work is we outline with Sharpie. Tape is too time consuming. I'm holding off and may never outline. It's useful as it tells you a tool is missing (for when somebody doesn't put it back). Since I'm the only person using this, I'll know if a tool is missing as I'm using it.
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My garage workspace is feeling small and inadequate.
Like my bank account...
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Like my.... oh never mind
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
The way we do it at work is we outline with Sharpie. Tape is too time consuming. I'm holding off and may never outline. It's useful as it tells you a tool is missing (for when somebody doesn't put it back). Since I'm the only person using this, I'll know if a tool is missing as I'm using it.
The police usually use chalk
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
The way we do it at work is we outline with Sharpie. Tape is too time consuming. I'm holding off and may never outline. It's useful as it tells you a tool is missing (for when somebody doesn't put it back). Since I'm the only person using this, I'll know if a tool is missing as I'm using it.
The problem with sharpie is it does not allow for changes if one adds tools or reorganizes.

Thin tape works.

I do neither, but simply depend on an open hook to indicate a missing tool.

As I suggested earlier, the OP has space, and should spread out wrenches for easier access.

While I do have a pegboard, I depend more on tool boxes, and tend to grab tools from the larger box and put them in a smaller box for immediate use on a project.
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Old 01-16-21, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
How canoe find anything in there?
Nice oar house...
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Nice oar house...
I've probably heard all the 'oar' jokes there are. The fun I've had with them. I do remember to slow down and enunciate when I tell people what I do.

I was once meeting a guy at the motorway services (that's a what the British call a truckstop) to deliver two oars. At night.

If I got stopped by the cops for any reason I was going to say something like "So what seems to be the problem Officer? I'm just meeting a bloke I've never met in a highway car park at night to hand over two old oars for pile of cash." and wait to see the look on the cops face.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
The problem with sharpie is it does not allow for changes if one adds tools or reorganizes.

Thin tape works.

I do neither, but simply depend on an open hook to indicate a missing tool.

As I suggested earlier, the OP has space, and should spread out wrenches for easier access.

While I do have a pegboard, I depend more on tool boxes, and tend to grab tools from the larger box and put them in a smaller box for immediate use on a project.
I've got a tool bag I use whenever I go see my Mom. It's got the stuff I usually need for projects around her place, especially the ones I need when she says there is nothing I need to look at when I'm there.
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That was a blank cinderblock wall where the pegboard is now.
Growing up, my father always did up the garage work area that way, with a pegboard and outlines, each tool having its place. With a decent toolbox or two off to the side, to hold the miscellaneous items (nuts, bolts, screws, wires, etc).

Can work well. Very efficient, on a wall that's fairly large and each tool easily reached.
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Growing up, my father always did up the garage work area that way, with a pegboard and outlines, each tool having its place. With a decent toolbox or two off to the side, to hold the miscellaneous items (nuts, bolts, screws, wires, etc).

Can work well. Very efficient, on a wall that's fairly large and each tool easily reached.
I just discovered the joys of a magnetic rail for a number of often used items.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
The problem with sharpie is it does not allow for changes if one adds tools or reorganizes.

Thin tape works.

I do neither, but simply depend on an open hook to indicate a missing tool.

As I suggested earlier, the OP has space, and should spread out wrenches for easier access.

While I do have a pegboard, I depend more on tool boxes, and tend to grab tools from the larger box and put them in a smaller box for immediate use on a project.
I'm not marking.

I also use a large tool bag to move stuff for a project.

I added a 17" section of add'l pegboard to get more room.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
As I suggested earlier, the OP has space, and should spread out wrenches for easier access.
Or, BUY MOAR TEWLZ
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
Or, BUY MOAR TEWLZ
I worked at a tool store during my very early college days... I got discounts at the time and bought some nice combination wrench sets, and have maintained an "if you need it, buy it" attitude about tools ever since.

You're in San Diego... you may remember Tools R Us... I worked at a store on University Ave, and at a different location on El Cajon Blvd, near SDSU. I see the company still exists, but I don't believe there are any stores still around in San Diego.

My "buy it" attitude paid off well at least one time when I when to a bike shop to get a tune up (was feeling lazy) and was told... "we don't even have the tools for that freewheel." I had the tools, ended up saving money and doing the overhaul myself (again). I did bike repairs for friends for a few years as a bit of a side business... and ended up buying even more "exotic" tools and adapters (cassette tools, freewheel tools and bottom bracket tools) and have a drawer full of the things.

I have a Park stand, and a truing stand... Although frankly, I need a higher quality truing stand. In the end, I don't believe I have ever had a shop wrench my bikes since that one "attempt." I have had professional paint jobs... but that is a different skill all together.

"MOAR TEWLZ" are a great investment. Now, If I could just get into wood working... I am klutz in that arena.
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You're in San Diego... you may remember Tools R Us... I worked at a store on University Ave, and at a different location on El Cajon Blvd, near SDSU. I see the company still exists, but I don't believe there are any stores still around in San Diego.
No, haven't heard of it. I'm of the philosophy of, buy the cheapest, crappiest version of the tool the first time. Likely it will be good enough and you'll have saved money vs the gourmet tool. If the cheap tool gets used so much it breaks, then you know you use a tool enough to consider investing in high quality
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At the shop each tool hook is labeled with the name of the tool that belongs there. We only hire people that can at least read at the most basic 3rd grade level and expect them to be able to read the hook labels. My shop at home was converted last year to magnetic strips. I like it much better than hooks. Easy to grab a tool and each strip is dedicated to a specific tool type like brakes, headset, wrenches, etc. Tools don't fall off the hooks, the hooks don't pop off the pegboard.
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Yeah, I organized my shop a few minutes ago:


Before
and

After
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Yeah, I organized my shop a few minutes ago:


Before
and

After
I don't know if I'm impressed or just stunned.
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I don't know if I'm impressed or just stunned.
Stunned is okay. But you look that way most of the time so impressed would be a welcome change.
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