Sunday, January 31, 2010


Saturday morning I woke up and checked the thermometer. It was stuck at zero. I went back to bed.

My boatwork for the weekend consisted of sorting out my hardware and putting it all into bins.

Over the past few years I have been accumulating a lot of boxes of hardware. It is so much more productive buying by the box because invariably I need one or two more or the project I start the following week needs the same sized fasteners. So I buy by the box which worked fine for awhile but then I started having trouble finding the box I needed and double ordering or taking my container of boxed hardware out to the boat and finding that the only size I didn't have was the one I needed.

I bought one of these bins at Sears for $12 which was pretty cheap. I filled that up and was nowhere close to having all my hardware sorted. So I went back and bought another. Still not enough. Then I couldn't find the bins at the sale price anymore even after hitting every hardware store and mall (Sears) around. I finally broke down and paid $35 for the last box which isn't such a great deal in my opinion. Now I have 'nearly' enough storage. Enough for now and most of my hardware is organized and easy to find.

In retrospect I should have bought some real parts bins from an industrial supplier. They seemed expensive at the time but now that I have three of these cheesy little bins I think I could have had real storage for not that much more. Oh well.

Other than that, I stayed indoors and watched my heating oil tank get lighter by the minute, and a few other things that are just part of normal life.

Maybe next week.


Tim said...

If you'd made that bulkhead template, you could have been completing your cherry bulkhead fitting in the relative comfort of your basement... ;>)

Britton said...

It's too cold to make the bulkhead template too.

As for relative comfort. My basement was hovering around 30 degrees. That's 30 degrees warmer but its also a still a bit cold.

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