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What do you do with your extra hardware?

I'm cleaning out our hell-hole today, a space underneath the settee where we store all of our tools, hardware, and repair supplies.

I have amassed a large collection of hardware over the years, mainly screws, bolts, nuts and washers of all sizes. I've always just kept it in a tupperware container, 'just in case'.

What do you do with your extra hardware? Do your organize it, store it all in one place, or throw it away?
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Re: What do you do with your extra hardware?

Get one of the sectional parts boxes at lowes or home depot.
Or maybe 2...
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Re: What do you do with your extra hardware?

Lots of containers.some with smaller containers for screws and the like and a very good inventory. One of my favorites is a photo box from a craft store. It is briefcase size with a dozen about 3x5" boxes inside for fuses, electrical connectors, clips, and bulbs. Switches, fuse holders, OB motor spark plugs, fuel line filters and electrical terminals of various sizes and styles. Screws, nuts, bolts, and machine crews. The list goes on and on....
I estimate we have around a ton of spares and tools aboard, none of which will do us any good at all in an emergency, if we don't know where they are.
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Re: What do you do with your extra hardware?

I have mine for hardware..and elec.
All separate
Make it easy on your mind

Then anything plumbing has a different container
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Re: What do you do with your extra hardware?

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Lots of containers.some with smaller containers for screws and the like and a very good inventory. One of my favorites is a photo box from a craft store. It is briefcase size with a dozen about 3x5" boxes inside for fuses, electrical connectors, clips, and bulbs. Switches, fuse holders, OB motor spark plugs, fuel line filters and electrical terminals of various sizes and styles. Screws, nuts, bolts, and machine crews. The list goes on and on....
I estimate we have around a ton of spares and tools aboard, none of which will do us any good at all in an emergency, if we don't know where they are.
Maybe this should be its own thread but there is my question:

How do you do the inventory? Computer files, sheets of papers, something else? How do you keep track? How do you update?

I has happened more than once that I KNEW I had a certain tool but, between the house (cavernous basement!) and the boat, I could not find it and bought it again. Of course, only to find the original one shortly thereafter.
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I keep my tools grouped by general type in small tool boxes under one settee. The battery operated or electric power tools in a bag with bits and keys in that same space.

I have nuts, bolts, and washers in a large box with 4 compartments under a separate settee. Then a box for wood screws. A large plastic box for electrical supplies (wire, switches, etc). I found a kit of 8 plastic boxes that are removable to store electrical connectors, etc. in. There's a big box for plumbing too. A box for assorted stuff too.

I know what tools I have and being able to find them is a blessing so no need to inventory. I also have a good idea about electric connectors inventory. As it is depleted I resupply. Other stuff is hit or miss. I don't inventory anything because that is a huge time hog. So far it works. There have been times when I have bought a duplicate item but that just build up my supplies.

One thing; the boat and the house have their own tool kits and certain things are only on the boat as that's only where they are needed.

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Re: What do you do with your extra hardware?

After 33 years I have an enormous amount of hardware on board. It's stored to multiple places and definitely needs to be culled down and organized better. I have lots of things I will need for projects... screws,bolts up to 1/2" in multiple lengths in US and metric threads, washers in stainless, nylon and rubber (I am mostly in US and the boat was made in Holland). I have repair kits for pumps and the head, electrical crimp connects of every size and type. I removed the sink in the aft locker and put a cabinet with a hinged lid. In it are poly small compartments boxes... about 12 of them and that's my hardware store, pun intended. I have a quart and pint poly container w/ lids for old connections and odds and ends in another locker. I have one locked behind a bench cushion for wire of all gauges up to #1 and uncoated galvanized and ss single strand is in there too, Next to that locker I have another with bins of odd parts, teak bungs small busses and things like that., a couple of spare pumps, handles. Tools are under the nav seat and under the V berth - wrenches, 110v and battery hand tools, clamps, Behind another cushion I have a repair kits locker along with a bag of all grits of sand papers, a bin for brushes. And finally I have poly bins of spares for electronics' boards, displays, extra transducer, plugs, engine spares: gaskets, washers, filters, sail slugs and repair materials. tapes, plywood, teak, hoses and on and on and on.

I have so many spares I never have to visit the store except to replace a spare. But I spend a lot of time looking for the bit I am needing. I intend to cull and organize and inventory it all and put in in an excel file with a CAD drawing locator. First attempt was inadequate and I didn't cull down. So this is a high priority project for a rain day at anchor. I have large bins in my garage will boats stuff... 5 or 6 of them.

As I am not living aboard I don't need the space for living supplies. I have enough stowing space for for local cruising. I do intend to get more organized and create more live aboard stowage space.
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Re: What do you do with your extra hardware?

My Wife and I have had more than one fight over storage, even on land. She likes living in small spaces so we are always cramped for space, even on land.

I organize as many noted above: by function. Plumbing, electrical, etc. my Wife’s first priority is to use minimum space, no matter the function. So a hammer wil go inside a piece of pipe with the head sticking out.

Both boats have large amounts of storage and to the extent possible things are organized by function. Plastic boxes with lids. I use some Gorrilla tape wrapped around the box with the free end turned back on itself to make a closure.

We have an open box that is a “junk” box where little odds and ends are thrown, extra nuts, bolts, screws, and when it’s too full and we are too bored we take some time to sort it out.

But I do have too much stuff I’m loath to throw out that I should.
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Re: What do you do with your extra hardware?

I think the question is about hardware bolts and nuts, so I'll only give than answer. We have a couple of those multi-sectioned cases in a locker. One is all machine screws, nuts and washers. The other is for wood screws and misc hardware.

I've been amazed how often I have the one weird screw that I need. Occasionally, I need to cut one shorter, with a dremel.

Whenever I do a project, I always scavenge the old bits. If they are corroded, stripped or bent, I toss them. But if they're good and just no longer needed, I store them. First, they go into a ziplock bag in the chart table. When that bag gets too full, I spend time over a beer in the cockpit organizing the bag's contents into their appropriate containers.

As another law of physics, if I ever need to go to the chandlery to buy a single SS bit, I always buy about 10 and file them.
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Re: What do you do with your extra hardware?

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As another law of physics, if I ever need to go to the chandlery to buy a single SS bit, I always buy about 10 and file them.
YES. Maybe not 10, but if I need 3 I’ll buy 6, generally double up. But never less than 3, because if I need 1 and I buy 1 i’ll Loose it for sure.

In Grenada I needed a #12 bolt. Neither chanderly carried them. Zero. I scrounged and found a couple in the boat which I had to cut down. So the other day i found some in St Martin and bought a few.

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