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post #16 of 19 Old 10-01-2015, 04:31 PM
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I've been thinking more about the foam inserts. Isn't something like this required by the FAA for aircraft mechanics? The one home for one tool to make sure nothing is left behind in the engine bay?
Yep it is. My neighbor is a mechanic for the Lufthansa Teknic Super Starliner airplane project, and he is the guy who walks around for 14 hrs a day making sure people put their tools away!

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The only thing I don't like about the foam inserts are that you usually can't see the size of the socket until you remove it. Although I see that you have your deep sockets laying horizontal so you can see the markings.

I dislike socket strips for the same reason, unless you take the time to position them where they face the same direction, you can't see the size.

Hansen/Harbor Freight socket trays are what I prefer. You can read the sizes easily and select what you want. You can also take the whole tray to the job site.

Are you kidding? I love Harbor Freight. I'm like a kid in a candy store. I didn't see these. On my way back tomorrow
My sockets are outgrowing the rails I have. These 3 for $10
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post #18 of 19 Old 11-05-2017, 06:36 PM
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Those foam organizers are great but if you need a combination of sockets lisle makes a magnetic try for sockets , they come in 1/4-3/8-1/2 for the difference size drives for your sockets
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I've been thinking more about the foam inserts. Isn't something like this required by the FAA for aircraft mechanics? The one home for one tool to make sure nothing is left behind in the engine bay?
Yes that is true for control of tools. I just retired from working at Boeing and that was a daily issue. I was a mechanic there and it was required we preform daily inspections of our tools and 2nd person to witness that all our tools were in the toolbox at the end of the day. Sign out sheets were checked frequently by others so better have the tools organized and in its place. My toolbox was generally the first thing a new supervisor would check because it was the rattiest looking box on the outside but inside was always organized and everything in its place. I only bought one toolbox for my entire career and made it last but once I retired and bought everything home the week before I actually left the company I had to replace it as it was totally wore out.

The first picture is what my ratty old toolbox looked like after I cleaned it all out and prior to selling to a neighbor kid. The 2nd is my new toolbox at home. I had so many tools that this box is setup is totally full and yes everything is organized but I did not use foam but socket organizers from Harbor Freight and wrench organizers. This also has a lot of aircraft tools that will work on tractors and vehicles.
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