Thursday, November 11, 2010

Who are you calling a Tool Bag?

A man's gotta have tools, right? You can't fix everything around the house with Google.

I've had a lot of tools: hand tools, power tools, bench tools.  But I don't build stuff; I fix, I install, and I assemble, but I don't build.
The problem is that I fix in the bathroom, I install in the kitchen, I assemble on the living room floor but all of my tools are in the garage.  If I worked on cars tools in the garage would be fine, but the closest I come to that is pumping my gas.  All of the tools in the garage and all of the projects in the house makes for a lot of walking and not a lot of working.

I needed to pare down my collection and find a better way to organize my tools.  Here are some things I did.

Here's what I started with:
  • 2 Craftsman rolling tool chest in the garage
  • 8 various tool boxes, a few metal and some plastic ones
  • 1 "electrician's" style tool bag
  • Several pouches, tool belts, etc.
  • An entire 6 ft. tall shelf containing various power tools

First I found new homes for some of the bench tools by contacting the shop teacher at a local high school.  He was elated to have some nice quality tools donated to the wood shop and he even came by and picked them up.
I quickly prepared some additional tools for an upcoming garage sale - a few big money makers and a few I knew for sure I didn't want to keep.

Then I picked up a set of Husky tool bags.

Husky 10" All Purpose Tote
Husky 17" Open Tool Bag
Husky 12" Tool Bag

I'm pretty pleased with all three of these products, they seem sturdy & durable and are well configured with pockets.  I figured if I can't fit all of my hand tools in these three bags, then I have too many.  Turns out, I do have too many.  I've loaded up these bags as follows...

12" Tool Bag: regular everyday type tools - pliers, screwdrivers, measuring tape, adjustable wrench, hammer, flashlight, etc.
10" All Purpose Tote: advanced tools that I may actually use - drill, stud-finder, wire stripper, hack saw, Torx & hex wrenches, Channel-lock pliers, putty knife, etc.
17" Open Tool Bag: the leftovers - full set of Craftsman sockets, pipe wrench, chalk line, ohmmeter, etc.

You get the idea.  Once I finished, I noticed that most of the stuff that still wasn't in a bag was the el cheapo brand junk that I really didn't like to use anyway.  That's the stuff to toss out.

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