Hi, my name is Rhythmdvl and I’m addicted to fasteners.
- … hi Rhythmdvl …*
If I have a document bound with paperclips, nine times out of ten I will salvage the paperclips and jamb them into what little space there is in my dispenser. If it has a binder clip … hoo-boy am I going to make sure that finds its way into my desk. But that’s not really what this thread is about; those are the gateways.
It’s the myriad screws, bolts, washers, and whatnot that have grown from a small collection to a massive array of fastening goodness. If I’m putting together a bit of knock-down furniture and they package a few extra screws—or I’m taking something apart and I’m left with a handful of screws, cotter pins, or some other fastener—they go on an ever-growing shelf in the workshop.
Please help me.
This addiction is horribly reinforced (heh), just as a gambler’s addiction. Every once in a while I’ll return from the basement in a pique of triumph, having found just the odd-sized screw or bolt that I needed—furthering my belief that I need to save every single molly, toggle bolt, screw, nut, and bolt that crosses my path.
Am I alone?
Is there any way of breaking this habit? Has anyone?
What I’d really like—what’s worth spending a couple hundred bucks on—is a big set of bins chock-a-block with more-or-less standard fasteners for drywall, metal, and wood. I seek tiny kits like that, things that seem to be targeted at people’s first apartments. I guess I want something that has twenty or thirty sizes for each category, not four or five. I know I’ll still run to the store for specific applications, but a nice, neater set of bins would go quite far in curbing my inability to let a screw pass me by or a bolt bolt out the door.
Or maybe I’ll just continue collecting the things. One more can’t hurt, and hey, maybe it will come in handy someday.
Oh, and please don’t ask me about keeping scrap wood. That’s actually important and not a problem at all. Nope.