Here in this article, I will tell you a simple trick to organize your socket wrench tool set in your tool bag, toolbox or any other organizers.
Every household has a junk drawer where you keep your tools or tool bag that contains the tools that you use on a regular basis around the house. Although we try to be neat, clean, tidy and organized, often the attempts are in vain. Especially when it comes to the organization and tidiness of our junk drawer or tool box.
Why do I need a socket wrench set?
We all need to have a basic tool kit handy to take care of simple handyman jobs around the house. The basic tool kit should have a hammer or two, different weights and sizes, a Phillips screwdriver, a flat head screwdriver, a set of pliers, a leveling ruler, and a variety of other tools kits. One tool kit you definitely want in your tool bag is a basic socket wrench set.
In today’s technological world and in just the new basic mechanics, the use of nuts and bolts is more prominent than the use of old fashioned screws and screwdrivers. The day of using a flat head screwdriver to take care of small and large tightening jobs is practically over.
I remember tuning up my first car, a Dodge Opal, with a flat head screwdriver. All I had to do was adjust a screw under the manifold cover and watch the smoke for the exhaust turn from black to white to clear.
Try that nowadays, and you first have to remove a lot of engine parts with a socket wrench to get to any mechanism that can adjust anything related to a tune-up. For propriety reasons design of the tool to put together designer to brand named objects are made only to fit the fasteners for that particular item.
The socket wrench tool world has become way too complicated. Today, almost all things you buy and have to assemble yourself are put together with bolted screws, nuts, and bolts which are designed for that particular item.
The handy socket wrench set usually has a variety of shapes and sizes of sockets that may tighten or loosen most bolted head screws.
In a socket wrench set, you will usually find one or two different sizes socket wrench handles and extension pieces. These will be fit the variety of sockets included in the set. Unless you know the exact measurements of the bolt to be loosened or tightened, you may have to try out a couple of sockets to see which one is needed to finish the job. The attached the correct socket to the wrenches. Each socket is calibrated to fit an exact sized nut screw or bolt.
When it becomes obvious to organize sockets?
Most socket wrench sets usually come in a plastic see-through packaging which allows the consumer to see the exact size screw sockets the kit contains. Usually, there is a small carrying case included in the kit, which will store the sockets and socket wrench when the package is opened.
The problem is the cases are often flimsy and after opening and closing several times the latch lock becomes loose and will not hold close. Most often you may just put a rubber band or tie a string around the storage casing to keep it closed. Well, I have a better solution.
The best way to organize sockets
I have a very simple solution to helping you keep all your sockets and socket wrenches together in your tool bag. All you will need a small tin coffee can with a tight lid and some tape or rubber bands.
You can go to the grocery store and buy a small can of coffee, with a tight replaceable id. Empty the container of its content. Wash and dry the lid. Place all your wrench sockets in the can and secure the lid tightly.
Now you want to use some tape, kind of your choice, and tape your socket wrenches to the outside of the can. If you do not want to use tape, then your handy dandy rubber bands will secure the socket wrenches just as nice.
Now, place the filled and secured can with the taped or rubber banded wrenches in a corner of your tool bag. Fill the rest of the bag with your remaining tool.
Make sure the coffee can remain standing erect as you do so. Balance the weight of the can with other tools, buy placing same weight tools in the other corners of the bag.
Now fill the center parts of the bag and make sure the can is still standing erect. The even weighted tools in the remaining corners of the bag will balance the bag so it will be level when you lift it.
It’s that easy. Not only do you reuse the coffee can, but you now have created a sturdy container to hold all the socket in your socket wrench set. I’ve seen some messy junk draws and tool organizer in my life. I’ve owned a few myself.
But once you organized your tool bag and put it in a convenient place, you will feel the relief of readiness and confidence to take on any handyman repair job that challenges you.