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Old 06-14-2019, 11:46 AM   #1
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I'm looking for ideas to organize milk crates with small compartments that can be removed. Not looking to keep screws in them but more for L16s, emt fittings etc. I tried using those cardboard Siemens breaker boxes but they are just a tad too long to fit. Was also thinking of thin pieces of wood corner to corner but would like to hear your thoughts.
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:09 PM   #2
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I gave up on milk crates. I used to use the square ones, but switched to these types of bins: Organizing milk crates for small parts-ndc.jpg

You can get them in lots of different sizes, and the dividers work great.

I put them in a rack so I can pull them out without moving the ones on top:

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I gave up on milk crates. I used to use the square ones, but switched to these types of bins: Attachment 134396

You can get them in lots of different sizes, and the dividers work great.

I put them in a rack so I can pull them out without moving the ones on top:

Attachment 134398

Nice! Got a link to those?
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Those bins and shelf are American Van.

That type of bin can be found all over the place. Not sure the exact name of it though. Start with "stackable bin", you might find them locally.
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I gave up on milk crates. I used to use the square ones, but switched to these types of bins: Attachment 134396



You can get them in lots of different sizes, and the dividers work great.



I put them in a rack so I can pull them out without moving the ones on top:



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Nice! Got a link to those?


https://www.mcmaster.com/compartmented-tote-boxes
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Those Akro bins are nice, I use some of them for storage at home but I don't use them on the truck. They are pretty expensive. They're nice if you're picking parts in the truck but not great if you like to haul the whole compartment in with you.

The Ridgid Pro stackable set has a small parts organizer with nice big containers



https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-P...8093/305855062

I am thinking about getting a few of these and keep one empty, and pick the bins I need for what I'm doing into the empty one, and cart that in.

They make $20 stackable milk crates for the system too, which I'll defintely buy. They are smart, if they were $21 I'd probably say heck with it I already have stackable milk crates, $20 is the magic number

Buckets with bucket organizers are still hard to beat. I keep my EMT leftovers in buckets, one per size. You have to hunt for a brand with good deep organizers that hold a lot. I still use bucket organizers I bought over 20 years ago, very few things I've spent money on have stood the test of time that way.
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Rack-a-Tiers used to sell these. They’re a little bigger than a milk crate. They’re a solid box. I stand on it if I need a little extra height. I think they were originally sold as a big tackle box.

It looks like they’re sold by a company called PDY Systems (Lift n Lok).
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The material that I used milk crates for, and now use the bins I posted above, is larger stuff that wouldn't fit into the smaller containers like posted above.

Mainly boxes, lots of them. All different types and sizes. From 1G nail on to 3G wiremold. Indoor, outdoor, fan rated, airtight. Then is also use them for things like small coils or reels of small wire. Like speaker wire, random coils of RG-6 and Cat5e, etc.
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