I have a big house and I've managed to have tools scattered across the house (basement shop, kitchen, garage (bike tools). I can't, at this time, consolidate them all in one place (no room to work in one place for the 7 bikes and room to work on other projects).


I'd like to just put most of the important tools in my toolbox (actually a tool "bag"). But... I miss the benefit of having a nice pegboard with outlines for all tools so I know if a tool is missing.

Any suggestions of a better toolbag/box that addresses this or perhaps some method? (I've currently labelled (yes, I'm that anal retentive ;-) pockets in the bag for important tools but I still have to visually inspect them. Invevitably, I'm in the middle of something and find I'm missing a tool (sometimes purloined by my kids)

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    here's a set of himemade tool chests that has spots for everything Mar 13, 2012 at 13:55
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    Tag all the tools with RFID tags, then use a scanner to determine which tools are present/missing. This might be an expensive, over elaborate solution.
    – Tester101
    Mar 13, 2012 at 13:58
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    Sign up all the tools for Facebook, and give them smartphones. Then they can check in to the toolbox and annoy the heck out of all of their friends with superfluous updates on their whereabouts.
    – Doresoom
    Mar 13, 2012 at 20:22
  • @Doresoom - Genius!
    – dbracey
    Mar 16, 2012 at 16:39
  • @Tester101, your RFID suggestion is actually catching on in the aviation maintenance industry, where leaving a $5 tool on aircraft can cause $1000's in serious damage.
    – Doresoom
    Feb 26, 2015 at 20:20

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A simple method may be just to weigh the toolbag when it has a complete set of tools. Record the number. Whenever you need the toolbag, quickly weigh it again. If the number matches then everything is accounted for. If not, then you would need to rummage through and see what is missing.

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