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When disassembling machinery

Discussion in 'Top tips and tricks' started by sib8292, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. sib8292

    sib8292 Old Hand Club Sponsor

    I save the plastic trays that our local Chinese takeaway supplies food in ( washed!) to act as parts trays. That makes sure all the bits are put back. If there's a bolt left over there's a problem somewhere!
  2. johnboy

    johnboy rather fond of a cream bun Club Sponsor

    I'm a fan of the jam jar, and anything left over clearly shows there were far too many components in the first place.
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  3. Jaws

    Jaws Corporal CockUp Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    I'me a fan of the big box... which is why I loose everything !!! :oops: :BangHead::meparto:
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  4. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    I'm a fan of the "keep that, you never know when it might come in handy" philosophy.
    Whereas SWMBO is a fan of "if you haven't used it this year then it goes in the bin".

    Checking the bin regularly is a habit these days... Getting quite inventive at hiding the rescued stuff, too.

    HINT: the shed, garage, loft and under the stairs are no longer recommended.
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  5. Lee337

    Lee337 Confused Poster Club Sponsor

    My parts bin is called 'The Garage'. The Mrs rarely goes in there. We have this agreement, I don't move anything in the stuy & she keeps her nose out of the garage.

    I also use the plastic Chinese takeaway trays to keep bits in, as well as a couple of magnetic trays, empty bird seed containers, old biscuit tins and ... oh yeh, pockets. :D
  6. sr71caspar

    sr71caspar B̶a̶n̶n̶e̶d̶ Club Sponsor

    I use the plastic margarine tubs with lids such as the 'I can't utterly believe people think this is buttery' type.
  7. Centaur

    Centaur Site Pedant Club Sponsor

    Having fecked up so many times when"repairing" things I am very meticulous. Labelled boxes and a photo at almost every stage. My first real feck up was when I took my mother's gold watch to pieces when I was about 10. She complained it was running slow so I thought I would help! :eek: No pocket money until I had paid for it to be put back together. Didn't cure me of the urge to see how things work. A sewing machine had me baffled until I got a broken one to take to pieces. It's all about where the eye is in the needle. :D
  8. slim63

    slim63 Never surrender Club Sponsor

    Tubs, pots, jars, spray can lids & tins are the order of the day for small parts here, leftovers go in the big tub labelled maybe useful someday (but never is)

    A good one when you are working on stuff is a flat baking tin to put nuts & bolts etc on as its easier to find them again on there instead of rooting around in a tub, just don't leave it on the floor where you will put you big hoof in it :rolleyes:
  9. Vinterceptor

    Vinterceptor Been there, and had one Club Sponsor

    I use an old cat litter tray when stripping small assemblies like carbs and stuff. Spray can lids, butty boxes, tankards with glass bottoms etc are all put to use. Despite that I still drop stuff such as a small screw/spring/nut or bolt as I'm in the process of fixing it back into a bike mounted switch housing or summat:facepalm: it's always a massive triumph if ya ever find it again:D
  10. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    IMG_0787.JPG Never had a lift for when I was endlessly repairing my Birds - but having one of these made life much more pleasant and the tray under the seat was ace for putting all the bits and pieces in
  11. Cougar377

    Cougar377 Express elevator to hell Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    Maybe take the cat litter out next time...?
  12. andyBeaker

    andyBeaker Moderator Staff Member Moderator Club Sponsor

    We had a Chinese takeaway last night and have lots of empty boxes with lids - just looking for something to dismantle now.
  13. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

    I was visitng neighbour's son (mechanic), home from USA, in general chat he said my friend asked "why do you have to dismantle everything before you dump it"
    I had to put my hand up........thus my assorted nuts bolts etc.

    He said friend bought a Porsche and had new back tyres after 800 miles.
    Another guy blew up the engine of Porsche and offered him the car for $2000.
    He didn't take it :eek::eek:
    Too busy rebuilding a Morgan.

    My son got a 2007 911 4s.
    I had to remind him I was faster:D:D
  14. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

    I opened the switch box from a shredder in the shed a few years ago. Ping went spring. I moved house 3 years ago. Still couldn't find ito_O
  15. carler

    carler Old Hand Club Sponsor

    Might be in the old house!!
  16. Squag1

    Squag1 Can't remember.... Club Sponsor

    Oh you caught up:p
    Spose 2 year delay isn't bad.
  17. ogr1

    ogr1 I can still see ya..... Club Sponsor

    I have loads of crap in various boxes..just can't remember where i put the fookin boxes.;:rolleyes:

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