People choose to work on their own vehicles for a number of different reasons: some enjoy the challenge, some have a background in auto mechanics, some want a hobby to occupy their time, and others do it because they can’t afford to pay someone else to do it for them. No matter the reason, one thing remains consistent across all home mechanics: the need for an organized workspace. Below are a few suggestions on organization, though more info is just a mouse click away.
Organizing Your Workspace
Whether you are a hobbyist with a garage full of specialized tools, or a weekend warrior with a small toolbox and a drawer full of sockets, keeping your work area organized leads to a more efficient (and less stressful) working environment. Here are a few ides to help you get organized with your tools:
- Whatever your method of storage, if you use drawers or shelves, pad them with a protective barrier to keep your tools in good condition. This will prevent abrasion and moisture from doing unnecessary damage to each tool as it is moved and stored.
- Speaking of moisture, rust can be an issue with metal toolboxes, so use some rust-proof paper to line any areas where this sort of corrosion is possible.
- Some of the problem tools for organization are the myriad of sockets that need to be organized by socket size, by ratchet size, and by customary or metric units. This is easily accomplished through the use of spring-loaded clips or by magnetic holders that can keep the sockets in the right order so that you can reach for the perfect socket without digging through a drawer full of them.
- Store parts and supplies away from your tools so that the tools are not damaged by unwanted abrasion. Organizing parts and supplies into different plastic bins can be an effective way to keep these odds and ends organized.
- Some people opt to hang tools on a pegboard, some even going as far as to paint “shadows” of their tools in the correct spots for easy storage. This is certainly a good idea, but can get expensive. A well-organized toolbox can be just as effective.
- Larger tools such as saws and other power tools can be stored in cupboards or on dedicated shelving units. Old kitchen cabinets can be ideal for this sort of thing.
You can find more info for ideas about organizing your workspace on the web, and, in the end, it is all about what works for you. If you know where everything is, and can reach it safely and quickly, you already have a good system.