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post #1 of 23 Old 06-25-2015, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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How long do you look..?

In your shop, how long do you search for a missing tool before you say the heck with it and buy another one. Obviously this doesn’t apply so much to power tools, stationary or otherwise but, small hand tools. You know drill bits, wrenches, screwdrivers and that kind of stuff. I find myself doing it quite often as I don’t have a lot of patience. Usually I will find it when I finally clean up the garage/shop. I think I have 15 1/2” wrenches and at least two of every kind of screwdriver I can think of. I lose screwdrivers so often that my wife gives them to me every Christmas.
Just curious if I was a loner in this (I hardly think so) and would like to hear from others. Also what’s the biggest tool you ever bought for this reason.
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post #2 of 23 Old 06-25-2015, 08:36 AM
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I'm one of those who doesn't have that problem. I put everything back in its place when I'm done using it.
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It depends on how bad I need the tool. Most of the time I will look for a tool once and if not found I will find something else to do.
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IMO, it appears that you, like many of us, could use some organization, which would not only save time, but also some $ in re-buying the same tools over & over. Be safe.
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I am trying very hard to put tools back as soon as I am done with them. It's not a natural inclination for me but I've been pretty good though not 100%. So, I do have some duplicate tools but not a lot.

What has been a big problem for me is that I went through several moves and lost a number of tools. There are 2 super reliable craftsman wired drills that have yet to see the light of day (after 2 years). Probably in a box somewhere but it would take days to go through everything.

As to how long I look - it depends on whether I've used it in the recent past or not. If it's been a while, it takes me about an hour to exhaust the possible locations.
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I'm one of those who doesn't have that problem. I put everything back in its place when I'm done using it.
Ditto. I can probably find any of my tools blindfolded.

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Ditto. I can probably find any of my tools blindfolded.
Agree.

Everything has its place and everything in its place.

Of course it helps that most items have been in their place for most of the 38 years I have lived in this house. I did expand the garage a few years ago and covered the new area (12' of wall on each side) with pegboard. This did require some reorganization and took a little while to learn the new places.

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If I ever get ahold of the gremlins that steal my screwdrivers
I'm going to open up a can of Whoop @$$
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Ditto. I can probably find any of my tools blindfolded.
I worked in my friends dad's tractor trailer repair shop while going through school. Getting yelled at for 4 years to put back tools stayed with me. I even outline around tools hanging on the wall with a marker. Instantly I can see if and what is missing.

A good test was when my 4 year old recently walked into the garage, looked and informed me daddy your missing your ruler (ie square which I was using) Effective.
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Having been a copier repairman in a former life, I am exceedingly anal about putting away my tools. That includes all my wood tools, and my bike tools. I let the wife touch my tools, but ask that she put things back where she found them.

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My father bought and used once, cheap crappy tools. So for me it's good tools and always in their place.

Last week I played the two year rule. What ever I've got laying around that hasn't been used for two years goes in the garbage. Prolly could have had a garage sale.

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My shop is a terrible mess, but I have never had to replace a tool because I lost it. I won't say I never lost a tool because it would be a lie. I have had to replace supplies for a project.
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My father bought and used once, cheap crappy tools. So for me it's good tools and always in their place.

Last week I played the two year rule. What ever I've got laying around that hasn't been used for two years goes in the garbage. Prolly could have had a garage sale.

Al
wow! I have lots of tools that have not been used in two years. If I was to get rid of them I would need them the next day.

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I love it when I lose a tool, I find so many more that I forgot I had while I am searching.

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I love it when I lose a tool, I find so many more that I forgot I had while I am searching.
I find that true with my stuff, but not too often with tools.

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The only time I really loose stuff is when I do something stupid like throw it away on accident because it was covered in sawdust or mixed in with a pile of scrap. Many a drill bit has met it's end that way.

If i'm working with my father in-law, we're digging through the trash can, with a magnet, until we find it.

If i'm by myself, I'm going on Amazon and ordering a new bit.
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Got to admit I've been known to do this. I would love to be organized as some of you, but it hasn't happened yet. I'm with the OP in this battle in my shop.
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I'm with Al - I only buy good quality tools and I take care of them. My workbench is always clean, even when I'm working I keep a paint brush hanging within reach and brush off the sawdust and chips often during the day. I sweep at end of the day.

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