Do you have a box of small parts and wonder where each came from?

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  1. FieldingMellish Suspended

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    Over time, I came across small plastic or metal parts of something that look important enough to hold onto. They accumulate over the months and years, so I put them into a small box and hesitate to get rid of it.
     
  2. aicul macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same for connectors between Macs and VGA (for projector purposes). Over time there are :eek::eek: 7 connectors. Strange thing is there all have the same VGA connector; its the iMAC connector that changes every time.

    I know slightly different in nature from your post, but it made me think of this box.
     
  3. D.T. macrumors 603

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    OMG, I am a horrible pack-rat, I keep boxes (like retail packaging), and have _dozens_ of boxes of parts, pieces, components, screws, brackets, wires, doodads, thingamajigs :D
     
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    I usually keep the retail box with parts I don't use or I don't know what they are for a week in the basement than off to the garbage. We are very particular on throwing stuff we don't use so we don't clutter up our house.
     
  5. Mr. McMac, Jan 30, 2015
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    I have thousands of small parts, but I keep them well organized in labeled draws like this one

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  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    More like we have an entire drawer of small parts.

    I cleaned the one in my desk a few months ago though.
     
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    I try to purge that stuff at least once a year.
     
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    I have a box of cables and power cords.

    I used to just go buy a cable when I needed it, this resulted in a lot of duplicates. I try to remember to look in the box now. :)
     
  9. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I have a box for stuff like that. But I know where it all came from; my models :)
     
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    OMG. Will you come over and help me organize? :D
     
  11. FieldingMellish thread starter Suspended

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    Thing is, mine are parts that I discover here and there in the house and I don't know where they go or what they belong to. Mystery parts. :confused:
     
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    Cook me a nice dinner and I'll be there :)
     
  13. mscriv macrumors 601

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    I have something similar and it is frustrating not knowing where or what something came from or goes to. I've tried with things like furniture parts and stuff to use labels so I can remember what they are.
     
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    Every time I take something apart and put it back together I wind up with extra screws.
     
  15. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Just screws? The worst device to take apart was an old car stereo with tape deck. There were elastic bands and little cogs everywhere, designed to flick off the moment you removed the cover.

    And yes I keep mine in jars. Screws, washers, nuts, raw plugs and then little things that you think might be useful one day so you keep them.

    I have found some uses for things I have kept. The worst part is knowing you have the right thing, but can't remember where you left it!
     

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