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Keepings small parts and pieces organized....

Frequently in the coarse of my day / week / month I have to take various machines apart in an effort to fix what's unfixed. Frequently this means ordering parts once the problem is diagnosed, frequently the wait can be longer than I would like and when it comes time to put the machine back together the nuts and bolts and such have become a puzzle.
My favorite cheap and easy way to deal with this is to use clear packing tape...basically it goes like this. Peel off a good length of tape and place it sticky side up on a flat surface...now place your little bits and pieces on the tape leaving enough on one side to double the tape over and trap the pieces in the tape. Leave enough tape to allow easy writing (use a sharpy for this) of where the parts were or what they are for. In this manner you can group things together that belong together...eg: all nuts, bolts and washers for the exhaust system grouped in the same tape and labeled as such.
This has saved me so much headache as a quick sort thru the tape packages comes up with the labeled and grouped selection required. It can be a pain to extract the pieces from the tape at times but this is MUCH preferable to scratching your head for a half hour trying to remember what went where after it has sat for 2 months.
You could say "well...I just use zip lock baggies".....and so have I but I have since found that a roll of packing tape lasts seemingly forever, costs next to nothing and the tape is handy for regular tape type stuff too so it''s always at hand. I suspect the tape is more friendly in the environmental step as well.
Try it.....you'll like it!

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