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Re: How do you organize your tools?
Great responses so far. Thanks for all the input. I particularly like the soft sided cooler idea as a poor man's alternative to tool bags. It also seems like there are a lot of folks that have "job specific" or "most commonly used" tool bags. This makes sense to me. I do have an electrical bucket (just a bucket filled with electrical stuff and tools) but all my other bags are by tool type. Not useful....
Some things I've observed about my tool usage and habits:
I don't put things back into pre-determined spots. Tool rolls would be lost on me. My idea of cleaning up is heaping it all up and throwing it back in the bag. For the same reason I also find that compartments in a bag are of little use.
I've also found that if the bag is too deep, it's difficult to find the tools (see above piling method). For that reason the electrical bucket must be decomissioned. It's too deep and I've tipped out the whole thing before looking for that one ring connector at the bottom.
I've also looked at tool belts and pouches, but since I'm often hanging upside-down like a bilge-bat this idea seems like it could have an unhappy ending.
Now that I have a boat that has primarily lived in the USA and I have a british engine I now can probably put my metric tools in a separate bag. My last boat's hull was built in scotland, the cabin and rig was added in Canada, and the engine was Japanese (metric). I always needed all the bits...
For sockets, I've always wanted a big circular piece of cloth with a drawstring around the edge. That way I could undo the drawstring and have all the sockets laying out (like I like to have them when I work) and when I'm finished all I have to do is pull the drawstring and the whole thing is contained in a pouch. Problem is that I can't sew, but it might be a good project to learn on....
I think for me I'll do it by job. That formula has worked very well for my electrical stuff, so I could try and do the same for other jobs. That, and moving the metric stuff out of the main bags should help a lot.
So what are your categories of tool bags for those that use this system?
Electrical, plumbing, engine, wood/fiberglass, drill and drill bits, misc/commonly used stuff?
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