Easy Way To Find Small Bolts, Washers, Etc.
George Hayes, Friendsville, Pa.: "I came up with an easy way to find small bolts, washers, and other small parts without creating a big mess. I keep the things in cans. Whenever I need an item of a certain size, such as a 1/2-in. lock washer, I dump all the washers from the can onto a homemade tray that hinges on one end where it attaches to a wall. The other end of the tray æfunnels' inward. It's propped up with a stick so that the tray lays flat. I spread the washers out and find the one I need. Then I remove the stick and use the tray's funnel to put all remaining washers back into the can. The tray works for bolts, nuts, lag screws, cotter keys, pipe fittings, or any item that comes in several different sizes and where you usually don't need many at a time."
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