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Old 23rd March 2011, 08:15 AM   #11
Nikon1975 is online now Nikon1975  Austria
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Nikon 1975 do you mean the conditions such as humidity, temperature etc.
No, I just mean how do you put them in order. I have a mess, trying to keep them in ziplock, mostly how they come from the shops. But I am never sure what I have and what I don't. I have excel lists, but I cannot update them any time I pull a resistor.
I end up always having the wrong value or number of components. Maybe I did not reach yet critical mass of junk.

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Old 23rd March 2011, 09:09 AM   #12
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Someone mentioned envelopes, and I have done that too, very simple and cheap.

You could use regular letter size envelopes or buy some small heavy paper ones, often called "coin" envelopes or what you might find keys in when a desk or something includes drawer keys. 2 x 4" or 2.5 x 4" or really whatever you want, as long as the envelope is longer than the component wire leads. COme to think of it, I have a few boxes of manilla envelopes used this way to store old surplus caps. 6x10" I think.

ANyway, parts in envelope, stack them standing on a short end in some box. Write what is in each along the top short edge. Then your box of envelopes can be searched like a file drawer.
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Old 23rd March 2011, 09:17 AM   #13
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Old 23rd March 2011, 02:25 PM   #14
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I do love your expression: Crital Mass of Junk.

Been there and do that.
I use coin envelopes 3"x5" (use calculator to go metric). You can fit 20 or so envelopes of res or caps into a 4"x12" (use calculator to get metric) cardboard parts bin. I do that with all small parts.
I have seperate bins for audio ICs, digital (by series) ICs etc and several bins for specilty ICs in numerical (alpha ignored) order.
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Old 23rd March 2011, 04:03 PM   #15
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I go to Total Wine and buy empty cigar boxes for 50 cents each. I buy the sizes that can store mouser bags vertically (like a card file or a rolodex). These stack nicely and can be labeled with blue tape and a sharpie.
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Old 28th March 2011, 01:27 AM   #16
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I use a pair of surplus library card file cabinets the kind you would see all the Dewey Decimal index cards in. In the drawers there are a lot of envelopes and small plastic deli take out containers. I use a brief case size and shape plastic storage thing with individual spaces for power supply stuff like diodes capacitors and resistors. For bigger things like tubes I use egg crate bins placed on a wire four shelf food storage rack on wheels.
I started to use a computer inventory system, that is a job in itsí self and took too much time.
Then there are one gallon ziplocks full of things I use to breadboard. Lots of cut wire, once used cathode resistors and bypass capacitors. Talk of a pile of stuff.
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Old 28th March 2011, 01:36 AM   #17
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Hi Enzo,
Someone mentioned envelopes, and I have done that too, very simple and cheap.
I did. Very useful to keep together sorted resistors, capacitors, diodes matched pairs of transistors, etc. I write details about the content on the enveloppe. I can find a component in a few seconds.
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Old 28th March 2011, 08:57 PM   #18
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I use the plastic shoebox sized containers. They stack quite nicely and are tranparent enough I can see what's inside. I also add a small label to the end to quickly tell me what's inside (small caps, large caps, 0-100 ohm resistors, heatsinks, etc.) I've bought surplus in the past (10 kilos of assorted resistors on tape!), so each value of those gets its own plastic bag with a piece of paper inside indicating value and/or part number. I'll also set aside an additional box for each project where I can "shop" for all the parts and keep them in one place while awaiting the next step in the project. So far for all the various projects, electronic parts, cables, computer parts, power cords, etc, I've got about 40-60 boxes in three sizes stacked on shelves.
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Old 28th March 2011, 09:11 PM   #19
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I store mine in various plastic boxes. One box for Surface mount stuff, one for through hole, another for power sized components, one for wires/cables, and a few more with random stuff in that I've salvaged from old gear.

Besides that there are parts lying around over the place, a transformer here, a heat sink there etc.

Most of the stuff remains in the plastic bag they came in. I would say about half of the stuff uses the heat triggered ink stuff and this does fade, which is annoying and the other half use proper ink.
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Old 28th March 2011, 09:31 PM   #20
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I'll put in a vote for keeping your inventory in a database. I resisted for a long time, but afterwards I was very glad I did it. You might not need to inventory all your 1k resistors, 0.1uF bypass caps, and 2N2222s, but having an inventory of semiconductors, switches, connectors, etc. can be very handy. As one example of many, when placing an order online you may want to add extra items to achieve a discount rate or offset shipping & handling fees. A couple of clicks and you'll have your inventory available to help choose those items, without having to "improvise" on the spot.
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