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Re: [Shop-talk] Nuts and Bolts

To: Wayne <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Nuts and Bolts
From: Mark Andy <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:36:33 -0400
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I built some shelves to hold them and got a whole crapload of these type of

(without the rack... Which any sane person would just buy and not spend
three hours making like I did.)

Then I spent about a week of "a few hours a night" sorting bolts/nuts.

That's the hard part done.  The nice thing is that with that done, its just
like going to a hardware store, without dumping a coffee can of bolts on
the ground sorting through them trying to find what you want.  MUCH nicer.

I also have a couple grab bag cans of used wood screws, used sheet metal
screws, etc.

The less fun part is being disciplined about keeping them sorted when you
add new bolts & such.  Its not bad to do if you just do it whenever you
take that handful of bolts in to keep, but if you let it build up it
becomes a little more daunting.


On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM, Wayne <> wrote:

> On 8/18/2013 5:46 PM, Jeff Scarbrough wrote:
>> Here's a question for discussion...What do you do with all the old
>> nuts and bolts you collect?
> To me the trick is how do you keep them usable and accessible without
> blowing too much time micro managing them. Being able to find a precise
> size quickly in a pinch without making a 12 mile round trip to Lowes or the
> FLAPS (assuming they're open) is a BIG time and money saver.
> I've bought maybe 8 of those plastic "mix" boxes of "Asian metric
> fasteners", "metric O-rings", stainless steel sheet metal screws, etc.
> 'Cause you can get then at cheap places for $4 - $10 bucks, and if you use
> ONE piece out of the box in a pinch and it saves you a drive, it's paid for
> itself.
> For all the dimensional stuff I buy from the box boxes in little bags for
> a particular job, I have a bunch of 3"x4" zip-locks from ULINE. Once of
> twice a year they all get re-bagged and a spreadsheet (available on
> request) prints out large easily readable standardized tags I cut up and
> drop in the bags. They are loosely grouped in bins like "large wood
> screws", "metric machine", "washers", etc. I have others that are just lose
> "misc SAE machine screws", "Nissan hardware", "Misc sheet metal screws". I
> can scrounge through quickly and find an exact fit if needed, or something
> close enough.
> A lot of it is NOT worth keeping or sorting and just gets tossed in the
> scrap bin.
> -Wayne
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