From: terry on
On Jul 5, 4:32 am, Smitty Two <prestwh...(a)> wrote:
> In article <i0rmus$i...(a)>,
>  Bill Horn <winelovrs1...(a)Use-Author-Supplied-Address.invalid> wrote:
> > Sometimes a good idea is only a suggestion away.
> > I have your typical set of metric and english combination box/open-end
> > wrench sets in various drawers in my toolbox.
> > But they're all jumbled about such that it takes longer than I'd like to
> > grab a certain size or a sequence of certain sizes.
> > How do you store your combination wrenches so that they are easy to access?
> Wrench rack. An inexpensive sheet metal gizmo. Do a google image search
> and you'll see many examples on the first page of hits. Lots of
> manufacturers and distributors.

Also plastic ones, comprising a set of knobs on which to 'park'
sockets often marked as to size 10mm, 11mm, 12mm etc. But a row of
nails/screws in wooden board prob just as good!
From: The Daring Dufas on
On 7/5/2010 6:26 AM, pierre wrote:
> On Jul 5, 2:42 am, The Daring Dufas<the-daring-du...(a)>
> wrote:
>> On 7/4/2010 11:27 PM, Bill Horn wrote:
>>> Sometimes a good idea is only a suggestion away.
>> A little spray paint to denote metric or standard? I've seen socket
>> sets and wrench sets that came from the factory with different colors
>> to denote English or metric.
> I agree. I have used nail polish for that purpose very successfully. I
> can instantly tell my metric from my standard wrenches and sockets.
> Tough and durable as well; I did it twenty years ago, and not one of
> them had to be redone.
> Pierre

Many years ago when I worked as an electrician, I would scribe an
"+" or "-" in the plastic end of my Klien screwdrivers so I could
tell the difference between a flat blade or Phillips. Now Klien is
doing it at the factory with a little white paint in the groves.
Somebody told on me.

From: The Daring Dufas on
On 7/5/2010 8:45 AM, Bill Horn wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Jul 2010 04:26:27 -0700 (PDT), pierre wrote:
>>> A little spray paint to denote metric or standard?
>> I agree. I have used nail polish for that purpose
> I already have the metrics with blue tape and the american with white tape
> so I can easily tell them apart. Plus I put metric& english in separate
> drawers.
> The problem is in any one drawer, I must have twenty or more wrenches that
> I'd like to be kept organized better - and I'm still checking out your
> ideas for doing that. Right now they're all a jumble of sizes.
> If only the original Craftsman box was usable for storage, as they were
> separated when they were bought but there are multiple sets bought by now
> and that Craftsman box was easily broken plastic.
> I'll look for drawer organizers.

I do believe you can get large flexible magnetic mat material to line
the drawers of your toolbox. That would keep things in place.

From: Jay Hanig on
On 7/5/2010 11:48 AM, Bill Horn wrote:

> I've given up on the plastic non-adjustable "wrench holders" as they are
> too limiting (they only hold a small number of wrenches and these have to
> all be sequentially similar in size. Mine are from many sets bought over
> the years so there is duplication and different types (combination, box,
> open end, etc.).

I use a set of plastic wrench organizers that I bought from Sears for
use inside a large rolling Sears Toolbox set. They are just fitted into
the drawer by friction and I slanted the pieces so that I can accomodate
the biggest to the smallest combination wrenches: SAE on the left and
metric on the right. It works fine and cost very little.

Go to and search for toolbox organizers.

From: Jules Richardson on
On Mon, 05 Jul 2010 11:19:35 -0500, krw(a)att.bizzzzzzzzzzzz wrote:
>>Plank on wall with row of nails. Hang spanners on nails. Label as
> Open-end wrenches hanging on nails?

Two nails close together such that the wrench-end doesn't fall though,
I'd assume (I remember my dad always used to store chisels and
screwdrivers like that)

Whatever I do seems to be doomed because I end up with stuff split
between garage / workshop / house / car... I really need four sets of
everything :-)