Preventative Measure: Hacking a Rolling Tool Chest

Preventative Measure: Hacking a Rolling Tool Chest

Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 17, 2010

My husband and I love our Craftsman tool chest. It was one of the best investments we made for our home — a central place to have our tools located, organized and stored. Plus, it's shiny and red and that never hurts. But there's one major thing we wish we would have known about this type of tool chest before we put it to work and we want everyone to know so they don't have the same problems we did!

We've had our tool chest for two years. We moved twice in that time and it did a fair amount of rolling around and in and out of spaces. We weren't hard on it and used it like any other family would. When the time came to move from our last loft, the day the movers arrived, we felt a shimmy and then a shake and all of a sudden wheels were falling off and screws were all over the ground.

Frustrated and not having time for the situation at hand, we had the movers take the chest like it was and put it on the truck. It's sat in our new space for the last several months propped up on wooden blocks until we could really take a look at things.

We were afforded the opportunity last night and removed all the drawers from the unit. All but one of the original screws had come loose and the metal around the screw holes had bent from the initial fall back in our old loft. We headed to the hardware store in search of replacement screws and a few washers and the clerk at the hardware store wasn't surprised.

He told us he had just the thing and took us to the locking nuts section. He said that he sells people these nuts with their purchase of any rolling tool chest and tells them to install them before they ever load it up with tools. He rarely sells a unit that doesn't have screw issues and for those customers that leave without taking his advice…he says they always come back for them later on.

We had never heard this before, but we're glad we found out! It would have been just as easy to replace them with traditional screws and nuts instead and had the same problem a few months later! Have you heard of this phenomenon? Even if you haven't, it's a great tip that will save you a large amount of headache later on for a few moments of prevention! Now we just need to clean the drywall dust off and it will look as good as new!

Image: Sarah Rae Trover, Wikipedia

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