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Old 03-16-2014, 07:00 AM
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tip of the week, coffee cans

I'm sure most of us know the value of used coffee cans for keeping nuts and bolts and a host of other stuff but what about all the lids that keep piling up that have no use at all....Well the other day I needed to mix up some epoxy glue and started looking for some cardboard to mix it on but I threw it all out the day before then I saw the pile of lids that accumulated over the past year or so and found that they are perfect for mixing glue on ...and if you start running out of lids just bend them once or twice and that cured glue just falls right off and you can reuse it again

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great idea..
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And cottage cheese containers, yogurt cups, margarine containers, plastic bags will all work.
Look for anything made of polyetheylene. the two codes, LDPE, HDPE. Low density, and high density polyethylene.
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Even those el-cheapo paper plates work well for that.
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The thing is I've been using these Fulgers plastic coffee cans for years ,they're all over the shop, every car I take apart has a can with all the bolts and hardware in it but I never had a use for the lids so they were piling up and theres a stack of them but if you drink coffee and work on cars then you have the coffee cans in your shop for bolts too and probably throw the lids out ,I almost threw all my lids out last week ,now I have a special place for them. I know a lot of stuff will work but its nice to find a use for the useless stuff when they're free...
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If you only need a little epoxy, lay down a couple 2" wide strips of masking tape on your workbench. Mix the expoxy on the tape. Pull up the tape when you are done or leave it untl the epoxy dries. Either way, the tape peels right up.

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Tips for Coffee Cans and lids

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I'm sure most of us know the value of used coffee cans for keeping nuts and bolts and a host of other stuff but what about all the lids that keep piling up that have no use at all....Well the other day I needed to mix up some epoxy glue and started looking for some cardboard to mix it on but I threw it all out the day before then I saw the pile of lids that accumulated over the past year or so and found that they are perfect for mixing glue on ...and if you start running out of lids just bend them once or twice and that cured glue just falls right off and you can reuse it again
I can relate to your tips about coffee cans and lids deabodyman, we do the same things at home. We made use the cans for nails, bolts, nuts and other stuffs so that it will be easier to find one the next time we do need those. On the other hand, I also have the lids for mixing glues. You are correct that there are all important so we must keep some of them for such purposes.
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I have about 3 dozen of the "old" plastic Crystal Light drink mix containers that I use, about 2 oz each. Shaped like a Reese's peanut butter cup and about the same size, saved from before CL switched to foil packets. If they hadn't changed over, I'd prolly have several hundred by now...

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What is this "coffee can" of which you speak???
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Container might be a better word since they're made of plastic, heres an old pic from a few years ago I think I have twice that number now and still don't seem to have enough....
Every car that I work on gets a coffee container for the nuts and bolts (hardware) that stays with the car until its done
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Container might be a better word since they're made of plastic, heres an old pic from a few years ago I think I have twice that number now and still don't seem to have enough....
Every car that I work on gets a coffee container for the nuts and bolts (hardware) that stays with the car until its done
I have quite a few of those myself along with a bunch of square ice cream tubs complete with handles.
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Popsicle sticks

Don't forget to save your popsicle sticks to mix the epoxy. I had my kid wash them and save them for me until we got a bunch. I put them in a container in the shop and haven't ran out yet. My kid is 31 yrs old. LOL
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Container might be a better word since they're made of plastic, heres an old pic from a few years ago I think I have twice that number now and still don't seem to have enough....
Every car that I work on gets a coffee container for the nuts and bolts (hardware) that stays with the car until its done
Well Mike, I don't mean to be negative but, looking at your wall, you either have a really big shop, or you have taken more cars apart than you have put back together.

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Oh, I get it. Those cans are waiting for cars to stay with. Got it. LOLOLOLOLOLOL
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