Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Northwestern Washington
Wife Wanted Me Out of the House, So Off to the Garage and Clean it Out
I retired at the end of April and I wanted to do some things, first off was get all my tools back into my toolbox in the garage instead of being spread out over the 2 garages and the house. I gathered what I find in tools and quickly discovered that I have so many tools that quickly overwhelmed the 27 inch wide toolbox. After talking to the wife we went toolbox hunting and since we have no Sears nearby we went to Lowe's, Home Depot and Harbor Freight. Well Lowe's and Home Depot had boxes but they were cheaply made and disappointing to me, thin metal, full of gimmicks like a built in power strip and just really felt cheap. Then we went to Harbor Freight, I was amazed at the toolboxes they had, yeah they had the el-cheapo boxes but then I found a really nice 56" box I like but the boss like the 44" box and she wanted me to have the top box, side box and closet and I liked the set up. The metal felt comparable to my old Waterloo tool box but a much larger size. Who is to argue with the boss I immediately agreed and bought the combination.
So I got the whole shebang home and got everything out of the boxes and pallets and I was amazed at the size of what I just bought. I immediately started to wax the box and then I started the process of putting all my tools in the new chest. The only things I left in my old toolbox were my old Bonney toolset which I bought when I first went aviation 37 years ago. The Bonney set is at best incomplete but I do not want anybody touching those tools as they are what earned my money for 27 years until my former employer started to provide tools.
After I got all my tools put in the new box I started cleaning, removing, and organizing my garage. For the last 19 years it was a dumping ground for me and I could hardly move around in it. I made 4 runs to the dump getting rid of junk and debris. I filled 21 garage cans full of garbage and I still bought out stuff the dump would not accept, like old lawn mowers, weed walkers, air compressor and a old steel lawn tractor trailer. I just pull it all out to the curb and posted a ad on Craigslist for free items that stuff disappeared in 2 hours. Now my shop is getting cleared out and I can see the floor again. I still have more work to do in the back of the garage as I want to store some other stuff that is still in the other garage but I still have a few runs to the dump to rid of that stuff.
But I can see the end is coming and since I am retired I can take my time to slowly move the stuff over.
I have been able to mount the new bench grinder that I bought four years ago and never got around to doing until now.
I realize that this is going to be a ongoing project and I will be getting to the point of finally having my garage arranged and the wife is happy as I stay out of her hair and she has her time. I also can take care of the yard and property when I need to and any time I feel like it.
My John Deere Collection
2009 John Deere 2305 with Front End Loader, Backhoe and 62C Mower
2017 John Deere X590 with 54" Accel Deep Mower
I don't know about my inner child but I have a inner idiot that surfaces when I least expect it.