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Old 04-08-2017, 09:30 AM
smash smash is offline
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It's all about risk mitigation. You can promise to be diligent and use extreme care and you may be lucky and finish the project with out anything bad happening. But consider the odds...
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Old 04-08-2017, 10:26 AM
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I use these deals, they work well and come in many sizes. For the large bolts, I have used McMaster Carr stackable trays.

I like clear-tainers and they typically don't spill...

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Old 04-08-2017, 01:32 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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The FIRST thing to do is check inventory. I put my hardware into the slider bins after labeling them with the part numbers. I put the rivets into empty plastic water bottles.

So far, in the 3,000+ hours and 4 years I've been building my slow-build RV-3B, I haven't had a single problem with this system. I've dropped the rivet bottles a couple times but never lost a rivet.

There are other successful storage systems described in the archives.

Incidentally, reducing the pixel size to 800 pixels wide makes the thread a lot easier to read.

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Old 04-08-2017, 01:36 PM
n982sx n982sx is offline
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You can also use a hybrid approach. Like my first plane build, where I had to procure all the hardware, I used the Harbor Freight trays for all standard AN hardware. No reason or need to go to the inventory sheet for those things.

Things that are a less generic or unique, stay in bags. I have far fewer bags to keep track of and I have one box for each kits inventory. Easy to grab the right box and use the inventory sheet to find what I'm looking for.

I also used them for all rivets and have had one minor sort needed. Turns out that they are not that hard to sort. Had it straightened out in minutes. A nastier spill would have taken longer but it has been easy to avoid. I always keep them closed and snapped shut between access. They hardly ever sit open so they have been jostled many times with no mixing problems.
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:04 PM
challinan challinan is offline
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I use Smash's method. Have the inventory sheet handy nearby, bags in the bins mounted to the back of my bench/wall. Works great for me. Haven't found anything missing yet (except time to work on it )

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Old 04-10-2017, 11:05 AM
caapt caapt is offline
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Don't give up building days. There's always something else to work on. Look ahead to the next chapter, the first few pages usually involve new parts to assemble and or fabricate. Debur parts or sheets. Prime parts. Cut out jigs.
Same thing while you wait for pro seal or epoxy resin to dry. Wish I had learned this earlier. Would have saved some money on 2nd day air charges.
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:33 PM
rapid_ascent rapid_ascent is offline
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I bought the Harbor Freight bins since they have individual bins that can be removed from the larger container. That way if I knock one over its not a sorting problem.
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