Hints and Tips #5: A 'Quick' Way to Store Nails, Screws, Etc.

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 02-05-2015 04:26 PM 4298 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m always trying to figure out how to use the many things we throw out in our day to day lives. In no way can I be considered a fanatic about this, but I try to consider any containers we put out for recycling. I use our Nestle Quick canisters to store the standard screws and finish nails in my shop. They are a good size, they are sturdy plastic and they are oblong, which allows the smaller of the two available sizes to be carried in a normal cloth nail apron!

Originally the canisters had wraparound labels which were easily removed, but now they have painted-on labeling. So to mark the canisters easily I just slap on a piece of duct tape and write the contents description with a Sharpie marker. Non permanent markers will rub off. Alternatively you could spray paint the canisters, but I took the simpler/shorter route.

You can see I use gray/silver tape for deck screws and white tape for finish nails. That way I have an easy reference for what I’m reaching for. Other colors are possible for more organization.

[Above] I keep my often used nails and screws in the canisters on a few shelves I put between the studs in my shop. The top shelf has some hardware items in the larger canisters.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 02-05-2015 04:40 PM

Better method than mine, I’ve two 5 gal. buckets. One for nails, and one for screws. Each time I need one or the other, I’ve got to go through the entire collection.

BTW, thinking of making an investment in the market. Looks like Nestle has a strong market presence.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 07:59 PM

That’s a neat way to store that hardware. Unfortunately, we wouldn’t accumulate that many Nestle’s cans in two lifetimes. You must have an alternative source.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 08:23 PM

That s a neat way to store that hardware. Unfortunately, we wouldn t accumulate that many Nestle s cans in two lifetimes. You must have an alternative source.

- Gene Howe

15 years of having a child in the house.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 02-05-2015 10:59 PM

Those are a nice size and shape, Dave. I save everything from margarine tubs to spice jars. Since I am visual, I tape a sample of the contents to the top of the container (they are stored in drawers). Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 02-06-2015 01:02 AM

I always keep a clean, empty parmesan cheese tub or two on hand for mixing up Danish oil or wiping varnish. The tubs are mostly clear, and come with a sealable lid. I can see what’s inside without having to open it, and the lid is easy-on/easy-off.

When I’ve finished with them, the little remainder of finish just dries in the tub, and then I just pop out the hardened remains into the trash, and the container goes into the recycling.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 02-06-2015 07:32 PM

Here’s how I keep my nuts-n-bolts-n-stuff organized.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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