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Behind all the money or lack of money I have made I used TOOLS. I been given tools years ago by my Dad. I still have many he gave me. I have found some. I have bought many but never a complete set. I have received some as a gift set but usually tool sockets I already own.

At work I have fought to protect my tools. Colored them in bright orange paint to stop co-workers from slipping them into there stuff. I have used Tool Chit system way back in Vocational School and that seemed like a good system for the expensive tools we used in Precision Metal Fabrication. A skill I learn but deep down never wanted to do.

After organizing my tools after Moab I thought of what an older gentlemen told me. I don't care about tools anymore. I don't plan on fixing houses, cars or bikes anymore. I don't feel that way. I would love to set up a very organized hobby garage MAN CAVE. Currently I have the man-cave but the tools are the weak point. I don't want Harbor Freight tools but Craftsmen or better. I want complete Tool Chest sets but at the same time don't really want to work on old junk cars. Maybe for grand kids if I am still around when they come of age. I am tired of hanging on to tools just because "I MAY USE THEM!" I have gone through organizing a lot of various tools from different trades. A little plumbing, some electrical, some HVAC, carpentry and some general tools. But in the end when a job comes up I am not satisfied.

MY QUESTION IS ARE YOU 1) Organized and satisfied? or 2) Want a new tool for your collection each month? or 3) Done with tools and don't care or 4) Your tools are mixed up and you find them when a project starts?

This summer after all these years I plan to get organized and actually work less finding them.
 

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Behind all the money or lack of money I have made I used TOOLS. I been given tools years ago by my Dad. I still have many he gave me. I have found some. I have bought many but never a complete set. I have received some as a gift set but usually tool sockets I already own.

At work I have fought to protect my tools. Colored them in bright orange paint to stop co-workers from slipping them into there stuff. I have used Tool Chit system way back in Vocational School and that seemed like a good system for the expensive tools we used in Precision Metal Fabrication. A skill I learn but deep down never wanted to do.

After organizing my tools after Moab I thought of what an older gentlemen told me. I don't care about tools anymore. I don't plan on fixing houses, cars or bikes anymore. I don't feel that way. I would love to set up a very organized hobby garage MAN CAVE. Currently I have the man-cave but the tools are the weak point. I don't want Harbor Freight tools but Craftsmen or better. I want complete Tool Chest sets but at the same time don't really want to work on old junk cars. Maybe for grand kids if I am still around when they come of age. I am tired of hanging on to tools just because "I MAY USE THEM!" I have gone through organizing a lot of various tools from different trades. A little plumbing, some electrical, some HVAC, carpentry and some general tools. But in the end when a job comes up I am not satisfied.

MY QUESTION IS ARE YOU 1) Organized and satisfied? or 2) Want a new tool for your collection each month? or 3) Done with tools and don't care or 4) Your tools are mixed up and you find them when a project starts?

This summer after all these years I plan to get organized and actually work less finding them.
Tools I use daily I would rank as a 1.

All the rest I would rank as a 5.



Tom


PS. A 5) is that 15 minute time frame where you know you have it and just before you retrieve your wallet and car keys to go purchase a new one you accidentally stumble across it along with that other tool you needed the other day but NOW own two of.
 

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Bill:
You are a tool junkie! It's ok to admit it as your with friends here who know whats its like. I'll be blunt there is no cure! The best you can do is come up with a system that works for you but knowing that the best laid plans
go off track. That's all right as coming up with new ones is a way for us to coup with our addiction.
 

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I fall into the #1 slot. Some tools are listed as every day and every job such as screw drivers, pliers, hammers and such while others fall into mechanics, carpentry, plumbing and electrical. I keep those tools separated and in different boxes and places. I don't often need my nail guns while working on my TW or my socket set while doing plumbing. I am a "Jack of all trades" and pride myself at being able to fix most anything except these damn computers. For them I use a hammer. I can assure you that no member here could possibly lift all of my mechanics tools at one time and even with a couple of large rolling cabinets full there is always some tool I don't have but can't justify the expense to go get it for a one time use. If I put all of my tools in one place, mechanics, plumbing, woodworking and electrical they would fill my 2 1/2 car garage from floor to ceiling.

I remember back a ways when Mel gave up his business and was cleaning out the tools he would no longer need. I am sure that was a heart wrenching affair and he did let a lot of them go but he probably still has a big bunch of tools still left because a man must have his tools. If any of us were to add to our tools all of our toys, hunting, fishing, boating, yard work, motorcycles, bicycles, skiing and all our other hobbies it becomes evident why we need garages, basements, trailers, barns and sheds. I dread the day if I ever have to move!

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Gary, you are absolutely right. I thinned a lot of tools in various ways, but still have 5 very large roll boxes full. One is nothing but metric, of every kind. One is metric and specialty tools. the other 3 are all Snap-on of every thing imaginable, with 1 inch drive sockets to 4 1/2" That doesn't include all of the threading and cutting tools, drill bits, with a full set of left hand drills. I did manage to get them down enough to all fit into a 40 storage container. I did have about every electrical, plumbing and carpentry tool you could buy. They are not in the container. I will say, every tool I ever bought, paid for its self.
Some of these guys would love to get into my toybox. There are lathes, welders, presses, pullers, threading, cutting torches. etc.
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One of the local parts stores took down and tossed out the boards that the tools hung on behind the counter (they are KD tool Displays) so I snatched them all up lol. Most of my sockets, wrenches, pliers and various other items hang on those boards which are already labeled so its easy to grab what I need. I also have 2 small roll around boxes that house the specialty tools, screwdrivers, etc. I typically always need more tools lol, but overall im fairly satisfied with the way they are organized
 

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I am TOTALLY unorganized, and am in the (slow)process of working on it. Just sayin'.
 

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I rarely pass up the opportunity to pick up a new tool, even if it is likely that I may never need it again.

About a year ago I decided to organize my tools. Almost every day I regret that decision because it now takes me about three times as long to find what I need.
I would post a picture of my garage but I would then be forced to ban myself from this forum in order to escape the shame:(




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I would post a picture of my garage but I would then be forced to ban myself from this forum in order to escape the shame:(




Tom
It cant be any worse than mine at the moment, its standing room only unless you can climb onto a 4 wheeler/bike seat. Dont let me get started on the pile of tools I lazily left in the floor after working on the truck a few days ago. So much to do
 

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I fall into number one....I have a variety of tools nothing fancy but they are sorted by use. I don't want a new tool every month but I've been contemplating some new machines in the shop. I have a metal lathe and would love to have a mill too.

On another note....can anyone tell me why my step father ( a retired parole officer) has at least 5 cordless drills, and roughly 5 skill saws etc?
 

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I have been a mechanic for over 30 years and my tool box is a mess and I'm quite happy that way.
At this point I only buy what I need but I still buy good tools.
I always said if I won the lottery I would like to take my tool box for a boat ride and push it off in the middle of the lake but in reality I think I will always love turning wrenches.
 

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I fall into number one....I have a variety of tools nothing fancy but they are sorted by use. I don't want a new tool every month but I've been contemplating some new machines in the shop. I have a metal lathe and would love to have a mill too.

On another note....can anyone tell me why my step father ( a retired parole officer) has at least 5 cordless drills, and roughly 5 skill saws etc?
If he has a back ho I would steer clear of him. He might want to drill someone and then cut em up into small pieces before burial!:D

You would not believe my collection of drills and saws. At least a dozen of each between table saws, recipro saws, skill saws, jig saws, chop saws, sliding compound saws and just as many drills between corded and cordless, use every one of them too. Wrenches, I bet I have at least 20-10MM and more 1/2 inch plus duplicates and triples or more of all the others. Admiral would love to raid my hammer boxes and drawers. I have been buying and collecting tools since the mid 1960s and only ever delete one when it breaks or gets lost.

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I have a full and complete set of Snap On tools from my days when I turned wrenches for a living. I also have a Vintage Snap On box from 1962 that has a complete set of Vintage Snap On tools.
Unfortunately, they are still at my ex wife's house (yes, they are all pre marital, don't ask) and even after a year of bargaining, I don't have them.
I currently have a rag tag set of Snap On stuff to do the bike work, stored in a small HF roll cab.

For my business, I use only Veto Pro Pack bags, Each bag is setup for a particular task. So yes, I have multiple screwdrivers, Channellocks, electrical pliers and Fluke meters. Plus each bike capable of being used as a service vehicle for NYC calls has its own complete bag.

Yup. Tool Junkie.

I also used to collect shop equipment and still have a Sun Distributor machine, Sun engine analyzer unit (huge) and numerous Snap On oscilloscopes. I also collect Snap On clamshell (folding) meters. I have dozens of them.

Oh yeah... There are at least 15 old typewrites here as well. and old telephones.... etc.
 

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I am TOTALLY unorganized, and am in the (slow)process of working on it. Just sayin'.

You get credit for Honest answer. My next step to get organized is take notes on socket and tool size on regular maintenance I do. Counting lawn equipment, bikes, and stuff, I must have 20 things that run on Gas and all need oil changes. Sometimes I can get under a vehicle on ramps and think I remember correct stuff only to find out I was thinking about something else.

Sometimes I ask wife to hang out in the Man Cave and she will say "only if it's organized and clean." To me it may look OK but her a big dam mess!
 

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I claim to be organized and I do have most of my mechanics tools in drawers and well organized. I also have a nice work bench with a vice in my shop that I have not seen in years because it becomes a good dumping station. If I have to do some technical work it takes me an hour to clean the bench and it is much easier to just use the dinning room table with a piece of cardboard on top. Drives my wife bonkers every time.:mad:

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I also fall into #1

I'm a total tooalholic and probably have more tools than any one person should be allowed to own. I try to keep them organized by what they are. For instance I have a giant roll around mechanics box for all of my mechanic hand tools, its full between hand tools, specialty tools for bikes and trucks etc. Its over 6' high and its packed full. I have another roll around machinists box( was my dads) that is full of machinists tools, jigs, taps, dies, bits for my milling machine etc. Then i have my carpentry tools, i have 3 giant Stanley roll around totes that all that stuff goes in. One contains power tools, another hand tools and the third my air powered nailers. I keep some stuff like a drill, hammers and other stuff in a bag for simple everyday projects.
 

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# 1. Always have been, was raised that way, and it is easier/faster to find a tool you need, when well organized.
I was raised that way too. Just didn't take:(



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My first career was as a heavy duty mechanic /welder... always bought snap-on... that being said, I was never a tool junky. I was a field mechanic so needed to have just the right stuff and no roll-chests. Still have my tools after a 20 year office career, and I can tell you exactly which drawer and where in the drawer to find each tool in my boxes. I also have enough tooling to build and maintain my house.

Good tools are a necessity for the "jack of all trades"
 
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