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#1 BairleaFarm OFFLINE  

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 06:28 PM

Where do you get your nuts and bolts? I get mine from tractor supply. I can buy by the pound and is cheaper than anywhere else I can get them. I have several boxes of misc hardware I got from a job I used to work. We installed equipment. All shouldered bolts anything less than grade 8 were tossed so I kept them. I got several 100 pounds before I left.

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 06:30 PM

I organize everything in these bins. The glass jars were my father's as he had them. Occasionally there are randoms I use from them.

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 06:40 PM

Those bins are great for organizing. At Dad's, we use plastic bins I got at Tractor Supply. We also get all our nuts and bolts from Tractor Supply by the pound. You can't beat it.

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 07:12 PM

I have been buying some whenever I get to our local Princess Auto as they have the lowest prices for retail.When I need something fast it's the local HD or other hardware chain store and the prices have really gone up lately! Recently I discovered an industrial distributer locally who sells all kinds of hardware for pretty good prices. Allen head bolts, grade 8 and metric, all kinds of stuff that is not commonly available retail.

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 08:00 PM

I think we all save nuts and bolts, new and used. My current method is to seperate as best I can, washers in one coffee can, and pencil boxes. I keep a catch all container that when full, or better yet I have the time sort out and place the items in the proper containers. Here are a few pictures.

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 08:18 PM

I have a bunch of new, used, misc stuff that I keep bringing home in my pocket. A lock washer on the ground is reason enough to bend over. Our steel dumpster will sometimes get hardware thrown in. Those days I'm a few minutes late getting home.

As for sorting, the 1/4 - 3/8 is organized, but the bigger stuff is pretty much jumbled. I have lots of "winter" sorting projects waiting for me as well. Goal is to get organized, reality will be just to stay ahead of the game.

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 08:25 PM

Tractor Supply is my go to source for general purpose hardware too! For anything "unusual" I go to a local supplier that we use for work that also sells by the pound. I have some of those plastic bins that I picked up at Harbor Freight mounted on my wall and that's where I keep all of the new hardware. I have some canisters that I got from a past job that I keep all of the used or oddball stuff in, and like Larry, I have a catch all bin that I use until I have time to sort through and put stuff where it goes. That bin has long since overflowed onto the shelf surrounding it! I'd like to get some of the drawer type bins like you have, but I'd also like to have a place to put them LOL.

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 01:35 AM

Dad and I used to each keep hardware in our shops, and we finally figured out it was everywhere, and we needed to organize because we kept buying hardware we needed because we couldnt find it. We finally put it all in one location and have so much 3/8" and 5/16" nuts, washers, and lockwashers we wont have to buy them for years, and all of them brand new. We have the catch all system also, but we have yet to get the sorting system down...

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 10:03 PM

I use the 16 oz plastic cups.
I put the bolts in one, flat washers in one, lock washes in one, and the nuts one, then I stack them.
I have one set for 1/4, 5/16. 3/8, 7/16 and 1/2 bolts size.
if I a certain size I need I have the bolt, washers, and nuts all together
makes the job go faster

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 05:55 AM

Have mine in plastic Go-Jo hand cleaner containers , painted the outsides white so they could be marker , " USS up to 1/2" under 3" ", " USS Over 1/2" under 3" " , " USS over 3" " , and " Fine " " Metric " Washer" not sorted in any sizes , works for me

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 06:55 AM

I get most of my hardware at Princess Auto. It's close, cheap, and used to be easy before they got popular and expanded. I also tend to collect things off the ground from the places I go for work...washers, bolts, old bent nails that I don't want in my tires.

I have to give you guys kudos for your sorting though...I mostly have jumbles of old coffee and tobacco cans and a big steel box that gets everything else tossed in. Then there's the top of the dishwasher and the top of the washer and dryer. That's where Mrs. Rev puts the things she finds in my pockets.

I keep promising myself that I'll get organized one day, but not today.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 07:37 AM

I've got a basket that my love uses for my pockets to. I save used bolts nuts as well assuming they are in good shape. Lock nuts are only used once.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 08:17 AM

I buy most of mine from either NAPA,Schurman's Industrial Supplies,or Fastenal.

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 08:01 PM

So, how do those by the pound TSC washers, nutz 'n bolts stack up to other "imported" hardware store stuff? I guess you can't get USA made stuff over the counter anymore. And if you can, I probably can't afford it. I don't suppose it makes much difference anyway where hardware comes from these days.

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Posted September 22, 2012 - 03:12 AM

So, how do those by the pound TSC washers, nutz 'n bolts stack up to other "imported" hardware store stuff? I guess you can't get USA made stuff over the counter anymore. And if you can, I probably can't afford it. I don't suppose it makes much difference anyway where hardware comes from these days.

I have used them a lot.Can't say there is much difference other than cost. I just bought 2-1/2 lbs yesterday to use on the wagon boards. Would have needed a loan anywhere else to get that many.




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