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    Never cleanup a messy shop

    I cleaned my workbench/shop up the other week, strewn out across my workbench had been a lot of parts & pieces I had ordered for a couple of light projects. Drivers, optics, housings, mounts, etc - it was all everywhere. But I knew where everything was.

    I had thrown all of it into a box when I cleaned up.

    Last night I started building a new Easy2LED setup, and was expecting to have it complete in a couple hours.

    Time to install the XM-L, and sure enough, I can't find it. Actually I can't find the bubble-wrap pouch that had 3 Neutral white XM-L's in it. I've scoured that shop, and all I can come up with is that I must have tossed that little bag.

    There goes almost $40.

    /sigh

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    Yep I feel your pain as done the same in the past
    And about to embark on a cleanup today so will be extra vigilant

    Is it too late to go through the trash

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky View Post
    I cleaned my workbench/shop up the other week...
    Why the hell would you do that?
    Inspiration: The Messy Desks Of Einstein, Jobs, and Twain - Office Snapshots

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb View Post

    Is it too late to go through the trash
    I bet it's in the bin! The number of times I've had to root through rabbit litter in the bin to find drivers and leds

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    Never take your mill apart either...
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    That garbage was picked up 2 weeks ago unfortunately.

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    that sucks Get a fishing tackle box or similar to store all the bits'n'pieces in next time. Admittedly, I just use a clear plastic bag with lots of smaller ziploc bags in it, but I can usually find stuff quickly. Given that I spent this weekend grinding off sway bar bushings on my work bench, I have to keep my stuff somewhat compartmentalised

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    Yeah - I have a box of wiring, a box of leftover bits that I don't plan on using soon but I don't want to get rid of, and a box of parts being massed for future/current stuff.

    I have been through all 3 boxes (and everywhere else) and can find all the other stuff that was on the same order as the XM-L's, just not the little bubble-wrap roll that they were in.

    At least I didn't discard my Hbflex and Lflex that were wrapped similarly.

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    I unfortunately do not throw anything away that I perceive as being useful down the track. I even have electronics stuff from when I was 8 in a box with my bits and pieces.

    I do feel your pain however as the good intention to tidy up bit you in the arse. Inevitably also when you throw something out you need it a week later, Murphy's law is everywhere.

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