NUTS ABOUT NUTS (and bolts, screws, etc.)

| January/February 1981

Reprinted with permission from the WASHINGTON STAR. Article by Maurice Marsolais,3812 Bevan Drive, Fairfax, Virginia.

Submitted by R. N. McCray, 202 Wvnnbrook Drive, Hendersonville, North Carolina 28739.

I used to think this problem I have with nuts, bolts, screws, washers and nails was unique. But in talking with neighbors the past couple of years I've concluded that it probably afflicts every homeowner in the United States.

In my basement are cans and jars filled with nuts, bolts, screws, washers, and nails of every size, shape and description. How did they get there?

Gradually, that's how. One could not accumulate a magnificent assortment such as I have in a matter of weeks or months. It takes years and years.

You homeowners out there who share this problem with me know, as do I, where most of the blame lies. It's the fault of the companies who manufacture and package these things. The problem is in the packaging. You need one or two wood screws and on arriving at your local hardware store you find that the wood screws are packaged in 6's, 8's and sometimes 12's. That's how it happens.