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How do you organize your tools?

A long time ago I organized my tools. I thought I had a good system, with several small bags to keep the heavy stuff manageable. I put the sockets in one bag, wrenches pliers and screwdrivers in another, and drill and bits in another etc.

Well as you may have predicted I have to haul out every bag for every job it seems. I also curse the metric sockets for weighing down my bag when working on an SAE engine, or gurse the need for one screwdriver necessitating pulling out the whole bag.

I once tried a smaller bag, with a little of everthing in it and it seemed to always be missing the right tool. It also meant that for bigger jobs the tools most used were back in that bag.

So how do you do it? I have a lot of tools and the disorganization of them is enough to keep me from starting a project. It's time to re-do the whole thing. What do you put in which bags? How do you sort them? What make and model of bag do you use? What about bucket organizers? Good idea or bad?

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Re: How do you organize your tools?

http://www.contractors-solutions.net...arge-tools.jpg


or you could also get

http://www.plumbersurplus.com/images...5895-24434.jpg

they also have the 5 gallon tool organizer insterts
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Re: How do you organize your tools?

First a word about bags. You have to have bags on a boat. When I bought the boat, after the handshake but before the delivery I ordered tons of crap I anticipated I'd need. One item was a waterproof toolBOX. As soon as I got near the boat with that thing I realized my mistake. Boxes, and hard objects in general arn't well suited for curved, akward shapes on boats (especially small ones) - it couldn't be stowed or stored anywhere.

I organize tools in two toolbags - a small one with the most needed tools - screwdriver, wrench, pliers, scissors etc, and a large one with bulkier and less often needed tools. Both bags fully close. On land I love the open ones but on the boat I prefer being able to close it up.

Further I have 3 rectangular soft coolers for storage of supplies - extra hardware, sealant, fuses etc. etc. I've found the coolers to be excellent storage because they're large for the money, hold their shape when they need to but stuff and conform easily when they have too.

I also usually have a screwdriver (klein 11 and 1), scissors and leatherman accessible all the time.

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Re: How do you organize your tools?

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We keep our tools in a number of plastic tool boxes that are stowed under one of the settees right on the centre line. To date (current setup approx eight years) we've had very little problem with corrosion. We do keep some moisture absorbent material as a liner for each box. Right now (this does change from time to time) I have large box for the big stuff such as hammers, large wrenches etc; medium for other sundry pliers, smaller wrenches etc ; medium for only spanners; a small tool box for mainly electrical tools, jewellers screwdrivers, that sort of thing then separate containers for screwdrivers and socket sets. I do prefer the boxes to bags simply because they make finding individual tools so much easier though you do, I admit need a good regular shaped space which is not so easy to find on a small boat.

All good except ... plastic tool boxes are rubbish, I search thus far in vain for something of quality ; we plan on turning the locker into a second refrigerator so I need to relocate the tools. The great thing about present location is almost dead centre of boat and low down.

i've never used rolls, though I am sorely tempted.
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Re: How do you organize your tools?

Same problem with having to get everything out, but we love the roll-up ones for pretty much everything except sockets. It's easy to see what's what and we label the outside of each roll. An added advantage is that when we're putting things away, it's easy to tell if we've left a tool out and retrieve it since we label each slot.

The rolls that we got have a flap that goes over the open ends so that things can't slip out.

We put them all in a heavy duty milk crate that is strapped in place almost on the centerline under the table. On our boat, it's easy to get to but not in the way.
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Re: How do you organize your tools?

http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?...53831&id=86296

I use this bag for tools and fishing bait boxes for nuts and bolts from walmart ..
the canvis bag does get heavy when loaded

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Re: How do you organize your tools?

Here's my socket set, drill, wrenches and screwdrivers.



Often used tools I have a drawer under the nav station seat for. Rarely used stuff goes in a plastic bag, inside a plastic container under the cockpit.
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Re: How do you organize your tools?

A few (or many) years ago, before college, I owned and operated a small general contracting business. One of the few very clever things I figured out early in the business was that my jobs broke down into distinct categories, e.g plumbing, drywall, electrical, etc. With that in mind I created "kits" that were oriented toward each type of job. Sometimes there would be overlap, such as a pair of 10 inch slip joint pliers in more than one kit.

I have scaled down and incorporated this idea onto our boat. I have a tool bag for electrical, one for plumbing, and one fore general maintenance etc. There may be a few items common to more than one bag but I don't duplicate large or heavy tools. Having two screwdrivers or two needle nose pliers is worth ot to me to not have to bring out a much larger tool kit.
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Re: How do you organize your tools?

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I fear that new home may well be in the bilge so rolls will be imperative. I wonder if it is at all feasible and/or practical to somehow fasten tool rolls to underside of hinged bilge access panels. Would keep them very secure and very accessible.

Oh yes, power tools are kept in locker under helmsmans seat, well away from any possible moisture.
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Re: How do you organize your tools?

I can't work if my tools are not organized, which is why I can never get anything done at home. As a service technician I use a hard shell case with pallets and everything has it's place. I know where to reach to grab what I need without looking and when done I know if I have left something out.
With that being said for the boat tools I'm using a Husky bag from big orange . It's not great as the tool pockets do not open very much, perhaps they just need to be stretched a bit. Also it doesn't stand upright very well.

I guess I'll keep searching for the perfect bag
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