A man loves his tools, from his screwdriver to his battery-powered weed eater, that’s a fact, but there is one thing they generally don’t like about them: the way that some of the tools fall out of position while the tool case is being carried.
By now, there are a few women screaming, “Hey, I like tools, too!”. Okay, that’s true; I’m one of them! But whether you’re a man or woman makes no difference when you open your toolbox and everything is in disarray. Simply closing the lid on the toolbox, then carrying it by the handle, is all it takes to scatter sockets and other small items around the box.
The problem is a design flaw with most snap-lid carrying cases. The tools sit deep enough in the case to hold them in place while open, but as soon as you close and carry the case, there’s enough room between the tools and the lid, to allow many of the tools to leave their positions. This can be really annoying. Those of us who insist everything be in its place must then reposition all the wandering tools and place them back in their individual compartments, each and every time we use our toolboxes.
Enter wall to wall carpets
There’s a very simple cure for the floating tools problem: carpet! That’s right. Carpet your toolbox and you’ll no longer have to worry about the inconvenience of the wandering tools. Wall-to-wall carpet is all you need to fix the problem forever.
Aside from long shag carpets, the choice is all yours. It can be indoor, outdoor, or a piece leftover of the finest Berber, from your recent living room carpet job. Long shag can cause problems, with the shag pieces getting into the individual compartments, so it’s best to avoid long shag selections.
How to make a wall to wall carpet for your toolbox
Cut a piece of carpet to be the approximate size of the opened toolbox – but just the tool area – not the lid. It’s important that you use a good adhesive which will work with carpet and plastic – or carpet and metal – depending upon the type of toolbox you own. Test to see that the lid of the toolbox will shut with the carpet inside. Usually, the lid will be harder to shut but will close, though.
Spread the glue out to cover every square inch of the toolbox face. Make sure the adhesive is well into the corners, and around each individual compartment. Press the carpet into the glue and place a couple of heavy objects on the carpet to hold it in place until the glue dries. If necessary, go ahead and cut the carpet to fit the perimeter of the toolbox facing, making it easier for the carpet to lay flat while drying. When the glue is dry, use a razor knife to cut out each individual tool compartment.
A different way to cut the compartments is to cover the face of the toolbox with chalk or paint. When the carpet is placed over the facing, the chalk or paint will transfer onto the back of it, making a pattern that can then be cut to fit. The chalk or paint will create an image of the individual holes and compartments, allowing you to cut the carpet to fit perfectly before installing it in the toolbox. This is possibly the best method, although both methods are somewhat time-consuming.
It’s a good idea to treat the perimeter of the carpet, as well as the individual cutouts, with a no-fray product found in sewing departments. The liquid is applied to the areas where the carpet has been cut to prevent it from fraying later.
It’ll take you a little while to carpet your toolbox, but after you’re finished, you’ll be so glad you did. No more worrying that tools will fall out when you open the case, no more having to reposition your small tools before and after working with them. Now you can concentrate on the job at hand!