Disorganised Builder's Hardware? Try These Organizational Tips

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Keeping builders hardware organised can be challenging, especially if you have lots of hardware and limited space. Luckily, you don't have to spend a lot of money on storage solutions. There are lots of great storage ideas that hardly cost anything at all.

1. Hanging Jars

If you've got old baby food jars or similar jars around your home, you can convert them into hardware storage. To maximise space, glue the lids of the jars to the underside of a shelf. Then, fill the jar with hardware and screw it into the lid.

As long as you use a super strong adhesive, the lid will hold the jar in place — this is a great way to make the most of shelf space, as you can easily put other items on the shelves below your hanging jars.

2. Hanging Bottles

Plastic bottles can also work for holding builder's hardware. Thread an eyebolt through the top of a large plastic soft drink bottle. Then, cut a hole big enough for your hand to reach in. Fill the bottle with the hardware of your choice and put the lid on. Then, hang the whole contraption from a peg on your pegboard.

3. Clamp Storage

If the studs in your garage are exposed, you can set up a clamp storage area between the studs. Otherwise, you will need to build a small wood frame for this storage solution. Ideally, you want a few threaded bars and a plank running horizontally between two parallel studs. You can hang small clamps on the threaded bar and you can clamp larger clamps to the plank.

4. Tape Box

For DIY lovers who use lots of duct tape, electrical tape or other types of tape, a homemade tape dispenser can help to keep things organised. Essentially, you need to build a small box with a compartment for each type of tape you use.

You should put a notch on the inside walls of each compartment. Then, you should cut a dowel to size so that it extends from notch to notch. When you place your tape on this dowel, the dowel should allow the roll of tape to spin. To make cutting the tape simple, add a hacksaw blade to the edge of your box.

5. Magnetic Strip

Finally, for all your metallic bits and bobs, you may want to put up a magnetic strip somewhere in your garage. You can use a magnetic stripe designed for use with kitchen, or you can just glue a strip of magnet to the wall. This is ideal for drill bits in particular.


11 April 2017

Colin's Construction Blog

Hello, my name is Colin and this is my construction blog. When people think of the construction industry, they often just imagine guys in hard hats building brick walls. While this is a popular image of the industry, it doesn't reflect the true diversity of different contractors and tradesmen who are involved in a construction project. Lasy year, my wife and I decided to construct our dream home. I had to arrange visits of plumbers, roofers, electricians, surveyors and home builders in order to get the job done. I learnt a lot during that experience, so I decided to start this blog.