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I'm curious about what guys use for containers for small items, particularly scotchloks, beanies, 8p8c connectors, and other small pieces and parts. The flimsy paperboard boxes and small bags these things come in don't last long and after a box of scotchloks opened up and dumped all in my tool bag, I've had about enough. I've gotten by with things like clear pill bottles and for bigger things empty and washed out peanut butter jars, but that's not terribly professional. It's fine if I'm sorting something out at a buddy's house, but there's got to be something made for the purpose. I've used those multi-compartment boxes in the past and I find they work well for some things, like I keep all my solderless crimp connecters in one for working on cars, and that works well to have 18 different connectors handy. Those boxes seem a little bulky when I only need a few things for doing phone or cabling work. What do you guys use?

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I use a small Plano box that fits in my toolbag. It holds all my screws, beanies, bridge clips, plugs, etc.

You could also look into the canvas drawstring bags that Bell used back in the day.


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I got a couple of small leather pouches from Sandman that attach to my belt for beanies/Scotchloks and modular plus.

For all the other small parts I paid a visit to the Dollar Store for plastic Tupperware-type containers which fit into a tote bag that I finally broke down and bought to take into the job site.


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Parachute bag Clincher from Duluth or Bucket Boss

I keep the connectors in their own plastic jars, I think they originally came from Dottie with screws and anchors in them, in the compartments of the parachute bag so they don't mix together.

On my belt, found a traveler's pocket pouch with some flaps, compartments, etc. for a small quantity of UR's, screws, bridge clips, etc to have at hand

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I carry one of these , there is a smaller parts box that fits in the bottom of my tool bag and I refill it from this .

the bins come out individually if I'm working a project where I need a quantity of a certain item

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Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I have some of those larger multi-compartment kits like skip showed, which are fine for larger jobs where I need a bunch of different stuff on hand at once. I like the parachute bags, and especially like TTT's idea of using the (I'm guessing) 2 compartment boxes the cement wall anchors come in. I'm looking at small containers I can just chuck in my bag for small jobs that I don't have to worry about breaking or coming open and leaving me with a mess in my bag. I have several tool belts, but I don't do enough of this kind of work to usually worry about even wearing one most of the time. Most of the work I do (for other people and not my own hobby setup) is small time stuff like adding an extension, or fixing where the cleaning lady ripped the jack off the wall, that sort of stuff. That's why I'm thinking small...

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I use an old pill bottle for scotchloks, and a smaller one for bridge clips. And a couple of these container for screws, etc.. They come in two sizes: 4" and 6" tall. Available in all the big box stores.

It's all flexible plastic, with a slot in the top. Squeeze to open the slot.

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That's exactly what I had in mind. I do like the bag that TTT linked to as well for bigger jobs.

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I've carried this tool bag for years , the parts bin on the bottom has scotch locks, bridging clips , assorted screws ,screwdriver bits, mod plugs etc etc .

I replenish it when need be from the case I mentioned earlier


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Klein tools Model 5151 is a 10 compartment canvas bag that holds a multitude of small stuff. (Similar to the Clincher that TTT referenced.)

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