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Jun 17, 2019 - 6:34:27 PM
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mander

USA

3494 posts since 10/7/2007
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Okay, face it, my junk drawer is more of a junk room, and I'm "cleaning out" (moving around) the stuff in it today and likely tomorrow as it is a bigger job than one day.

I have too many empty boxes. One never knows when one will need an empty box.
I have too many randomly sized screws, because one never knows.
I have all kinds of fabric scraps because, common, you KNOW those will come in handy.
The lists goes on...

What's in your junk drawer you can't part with?

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:42:21 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

41025 posts since 10/5/2013

I have a thing for bread ties - one never knows when one needs to melt a piece into your too-deep nut slot

Edited by - chuckv97 on 06/17/2019 18:42:51

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:51:51 PM
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14160 posts since 12/2/2005

I had to empty the junk drawer last winter, when the kitchen was ripped out due to a pipe burst on the second floor. Its contents were astonishing.

In my own defense, most of the junk had been enshrined there by my late mother. Among other things, she had a collection of orphaned keys that could have handled the key scene in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" if the producers hadn't chosen to use CGI.

The new Junk Drawer is considerably smaller and, in that it has only been in service for approximately six months, has yet to reach 1/3 of its potential capacity. I would like to keep it that way.

I would also like to eliminate world hunger, cure cancer, and to finally hook up with a certain girl from my sophomore year of college. As she looked then.

I suspect my hopes for the junk drawer will meet the same fate as the other three desires.

Edited by - eagleisland on 06/17/2019 18:53:24

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:27:10 PM
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3784 posts since 11/29/2005

At least 1 drawer in every cabinet, desk and file cabinet is a "junk drawer" in my house.

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:26:58 PM
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51700 posts since 12/14/2005

I was expecting company, so I just picked up about 1/3 of the random stuff in the living room, put it in a big box, and carried it to the kitchen.
But when I picked it up, it was SO heavy, that I carried it to the bathroom, and weighed myself WITH and without the box.
The difference was exactly 20 pounds!

My housekeeping style may be described as spelling STYLISH with a capital STY.

Today, I began sorting out the stuff.

Edited by - mike gregory on 06/17/2019 20:28:36

Jun 17, 2019 - 8:28:18 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15496 posts since 6/5/2008

My "junk" drawer is mostly small tools and a wide variety of replacement batteries.

The best drawer of all, as you might imagine, is my kitchen hand tool drawer.
Cork screws, corn peelers, bean juilenne slicers... all kinds of fun toys.
You could spend a day looking at it all.

Jun 17, 2019 - 9:06:26 PM
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Owen

Canada

3579 posts since 6/5/2011
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When I was a kid, we had a "toy drawer" along the bottom of some sort of cabinet in the dining/kitchen area.  The stuff was actually a collection of mostly broken stuff and worn out bits and pieces,  but it was always the most popular place for the young kids, family and visitors alike.   

Years later, our oldest daughter [maybe 5 or 6 at the time] and one of her cousins was visiting at Grandma's house.  The cousin wanted to "check out" some stuff on a living room buffet.  Our daughter nixed the idea, as they weren't allowed at Grandma's "really good junk." 

Edited by - Owen on 06/17/2019 21:07:42

Jun 17, 2019 - 9:22:20 PM

82 posts since 4/25/2016

Wires, random screws, and a couple of stamps.

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:49:35 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

22891 posts since 8/3/2003
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I cleaned out my "junk drawer" in the kitchen a couple of years ago. In fact, I cleaned out most everything in the kitchen. I didn't need 4 or 5 spatulas or half a dozen ladles. I put everything in a box and took it to Catholic Charities. Maybe someone will need all that kitchen stuff. I don't.

I started trying to clean out Dave's shop a couple of years ago but there was so much stuff in there that I didn't know what was, that it was futile to try to figure it all out. I have slowly, over the last two years, found out what some of that stuff was and have sold, given away, traded or sold a lot of it. I mean, who needs 3 boxes of big nails or 4 boxes of wood screws of different sizes? There's still a lot of stuff in there that I have no idea what it is, whether it's good or trash. It's a work in progress.

As far as my sewing/crafting room, let's not talk about that right now, okay?

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 06/18/2019 04:50:05

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:55:44 PM

oly

USA

1331 posts since 5/27/2006

I had to buy another tool box.

Jun 18, 2019 - 6:24:40 PM
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figmo59

USA

28941 posts since 3/5/2008

Oh..gawd...

Where do I start.....?!

I just love..junk....
Heavy Junk in pertickyouliar..... :0/

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:47:37 PM

69417 posts since 5/9/2007

My old music pal Dave Archibald has an album called The Coyote Kid and on it a song named Junk Drawer Blues.
One of my first studio jobs.

Jun 19, 2019 - 3:01:03 PM
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2179 posts since 9/13/2018
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Every drawers starting to turn into a junk drawer here..

Bruce

Jun 19, 2019 - 5:37:11 PM
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RonR

USA

1434 posts since 11/29/2012

Anyone looking for a left antler to a moose?

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:35:16 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12411 posts since 9/27/2007

Our junk drawer is full of every kitchen gadget. When we started with our smoker we bought a cheap remote temperature probe. It didn't work that great so we upgraded to a better one.

We were in the depths of our dreary winter monsoon season & Terry said she could hear a beeping sound every so often. Ladies hear high notes better guys hear lower tones I think.

I joked she was going crazy. One day I was digging around in the drawer & heard the beeping. Somehow the probe got turned on by all the other junk!  I played up the Crazy part the next time she mentioned it & then showed her what it was. She wasn't even mad! devil

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:04:17 AM
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69417 posts since 5/9/2007

Gramp used to say "Don't throw nothin' away.You never know when a rusted old bolt will stop a leak in the boat."

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:45:36 AM
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Brian T

Canada

15496 posts since 6/5/2008

I've done that with Grandpa = a little nut, bolt and a bit of leather to fix a hole in a galvanized pail.

My kitchen hand tool drawer was jammed last night. Need to sift out 1/3 of the gadgets, the stuff that I've used maybe once and the things I've forgotten I have.

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:35:17 AM
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69417 posts since 5/9/2007

I need four sets of tools so I don't have to look for the lost ones.

Jun 21, 2019 - 11:39:38 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

41025 posts since 10/5/2013

My ex-FIL kept some old junked cars behind his barn. He’d go out there, for instance, with a sharp chisel and hammer and cut out a piece of fender to use as a guard on his homemade sawmill.

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:59:55 PM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6551 posts since 2/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

I need four sets of tools so I don't have to look for the lost ones.


I've noticed that I have 5 or 6 yellow handled Robertson screwdrivers.  The red and green ones are the most often used ones, with the black falling way behind, but the yellow ones are used so seldom that by the time I need to use one again, I've forgotten where it is and I have to buy a new one.

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:02:43 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12411 posts since 9/27/2007

I'm like that with Allen Keys.  I just buy a new set & when I go to stash them I find my old set.

Better to have it & not need IT than to ZZZZZzzZZzIIIUIIIIIPPPPPP!!!!!!!!

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:28:22 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12411 posts since 9/27/2007

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:22:31 AM
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Dieselten

Australia

384 posts since 2/21/2012

As a radio amateur, modeller, amateur astronomer, part-time electronics technician and general tinkerer, I have a collection of junk of various trypes ranging from lenses from broken binoculars, used and new electronic parts (especially bipolar and field-effect transistors and CMOS ICs), plastic sprue from model kits, odd screws and fasteners with all kinds of wierd or uncommon threads, junctions, t-pieces, pipes, tubes, clamps and clips, transformers and just about anythign else that I think I might be able to use one day.
Every now and then, one of those pieces of junk proves to be exactly what I need to fix something, modify something, improve something or bring something that has never existed before into being.

My executor is going to have to throw out a hell of a lot of "junk"! Some of this stuff is almost very hard to get now, especially Germanium audio transistors - I have a whole bag of them.

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