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sean

How many screws...

...do you need to own before you have the right size and number for anything, ever? *Stomps off to hardware shop.*
Treacodactyl

What do you need, I expect I've got something that would only cost a few pennies plus £5 p&p. Laughing
dpack

i get "bargain" packs from screwfix etc but even though i get boxes of a particular size to top up with im often stuck for enough of the size i need when i need em.

getting a box of a sort for a job does often leave spares but the chances of the spares being enough or the right size for the next job is often low. Rolling Eyes
sean

I've bought a small pack of what I needed and carefully put the rest aside so that they can be slightly wrong for another job in the future.
jema

I'd swear I had bought the entire screw stock of screwfix and still come up short at times Sad
Nick

As a word of warning, this is true also for nails, and things to hang pictures, and bolts, and nuts, and a bunch of other stuff so that you can leap into action to do those urgent jobs she thinks need doing.

At some point, you do actually get there, but my experience suggests that either you then die, and leave it all, with tons of other crap, to your son in law, OR, your garage burns down and you have to go to B&Q/Screwfix/Bob's hardware for *every* single damn job for the next ten years, as you never have the right thing.
tahir

I recently uncovered my last 20 years worth of fuse purchases. I must have at least 60 or 70 of the buggers
sean

Betcha none of them are the right amperage for the next one that blows in your house.
gregotyn

I would buy a small hardware shop and would watch the screws and nails daily so I wouldn't run out never ever!

dpack has the screws you should have had from Screwfix, jema to make sure you didn't run out of those screws. I on the other hand never run out of any of the screws and nails that I have in stock!

Of course tahir, having all those fuses means you will have a lot of hand tools to sell-yes?

On a serious note I take pallets apart, and have I got a collection of fully re-useable nails and as I make things out of pallet wood I use some of them..........note to self, must find some more pallets with 3" nails in!
onemanband

And then when you do have enough screws to organise into partitioned cases, you end up carting three or four 10kg cases to the workplace and only using 4 screws from one case, 6 from another and running out of 4inch screws because the compartment didn't hold enough.
Chez

Judith says it's ok to throw used ones away though.
Treacodactyl

Only if they're very rusty or the heads are badly chewed.
onemanband

Judith says it's ok to throw used ones away though.


And all slotted screws must be thrown away.
And whatever screws are provided with a product - I generally bin them to prevent assembly rage caused by the monkey-metal screws mashing up.
dpack

Judith says it's ok to throw used ones away though.


And all slotted screws must be thrown away.
And whatever screws are provided with a product - I generally bin them to prevent assembly rage caused by the monkey-metal screws mashing up.

first one yes,except in the case of antique ones, especially hand made antique ones , an off centre slot can make hundreds of pounds difference if it is period to a good piece that has been patched up with "modern" to the time of the mending screws or nails. a bronze turnscrew is a handy tool for putting them in so as it looks like they are original to the piece ie no scratches.Wink

second one almost always spot on screws and plugs that come with the items are usually dreadful on many levels especially flat pack or fasten to a wall things . 5 hook coat racks that come with fixings that would barely hold it empty are a crime against humanity.
Mistress Rose

We seem to have the same trouble with screws and bolts. Somehow we never seem to have the right sized bolts for the tractors. Knitting needles seem to be the same too; can never find the right size, although I must have virtually every size in both metric and SWG. gregotyn

I forgot to say I have a massive collection of the wrong sizes of everything, screws, nails and bolts. crofter

Re: How many screws...

...do you need to own before you have the right size and number for anything, ever? *Stomps off to hardware shop.*

It is probably a number in the hundreds of thousands. I have tonnes (literally) of hardware but had to buy a box of 1000 drywall screws last week. Stainless bolts in common sizes are probably a good long term investment unless by the time our kids inherit them the metric system has been replaced by something else.
Chez

I tidied my knicker draw today and found the bolts for the cot, wrapped in a ripped A4 envelope from the council tax people. Our youngest child is nearly 8. Mistress Rose

Why were the bolts for the cot in the knicker drawer? Laughing wellington womble

I expert it was handy when it was dismantled. I have taken to putting screws or bolts for Things in an envelope or bag and then duct-taping the bag to the Thing.

I have also stopped saying "I'll remember that I put the ----- in the ----" because I never, ever do. If I don't put it away, I write down where I've put it. In my phone. Which has a search function. Which would have saved me two hours looking for my passport the other day.
Woo

My OH calls it me 'safe ing' things. I put it away but cant always remember where. I will try the phone idea. its not I am completely forgetful theres just a lot in there.
he is the MOST untidy person in the universe.
leaves it where he last used it and despite expecting me to keep everything clean and tidy I get moaned at when the drill isn't on the kitchen table 2 weeks later.
oh the repressed anger.....
Chez

Repressing is really bad for you Smile sean

Good for other people in your immediate area though. Chez

How IS your tent-placement going? sean

It was perfect. Ask anyone. Random strangers were asking BW and me for tent placement tips. Woo

Good for other people in your immediate area though.

my BF suggested I let it out.
I have a digger so the evidence could be in a DEEEEEP hole. Wink

but another wise one said I would have to tell my children what I had done so think before I act....

I will keep trying to remember the safe place for all the stuff.
and to not put screws in the box he has thrown on the floor...
I did attach all the cot screws to the frame in a plastic bag if I can just remember where I put the cot...
Chez

If it's any help, our cot is part of the duck pen ... dpack

among the various bit n bobs collection i have a bag for "useful" nuts ,bolts ,odd bits of something etc etc that "will be useful eventually" .they often turn out to be just what i needed but usually when i notice them is some time after i bought a thing to do that job while looking for a something else i dont have in the bag Laughing

something that does seem to be "normal" for me is if i need 7 of something buying a pack of ten is the best value and often a lot cheaper than getting 7 singles which means when i then need four next time i remember how "expensive singles are and end up with 9 in waiting for a few years as im loathe to pay x for one when 2 1/2 x gets me ten Laughing Laughing
Mistress Rose

I have had that trouble with husband Woo. I really don't think leaving tools in the middle of the lounge floor and expecting them to be there in a months time when he wants to finish the job is very helpful. Then I can't remember where I put the tools, which also isn't very helpful. Woo

I have had that trouble with husband Woo. I really don't think leaving tools in the middle of the lounge floor and expecting them to be there in a months time when he wants to finish the job is very helpful. Then I can't remember where I put the tools, which also isn't very helpful.

when you realise you are not alone in your woes things seem so much better. Smile thank you
gregotyn

I put "it" down and turn round, turn back to pick it up and its 'b..w..' gone. And worse, I currently live in a caravan, which is in total area smaller than my other property's sitting room! Mistress Rose

Glad to help Woo. Very Happy

Gregotyn, things get litlle legs and walk sometimes I think. The worst I had was trying to find very small screws when they had fallen on an anti static floor which is black and another colour (usually yellow) mixture. We sometimes had to give up and go and get some more.
Nick

I often find that by using a bent piece of twig I can find missing things. Wink dpack

Laughing

we have an arrangement with the house sprites .they hide things and even if we ask nicely they donít often give them back.
Mistress Rose

Very Happy
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