I'm far from being as good as I should be in this regard. With that in mind I do try to download and keep manuals and parts lists when available as .PDF files and have them orderly. If something comes with a good printed manual I keep it near the item in a box with related manuals for similar items. The sad part is how today many items that should have a good user manual and parts lists simply don't. Even the dealer and repair centers are at a loss. I get upset that many newer RIDGID items (not plumbing) don't seem to have any download-able manuals on the web site.
I try to have the parts, owners and shop manuals of most ever thing I use, and other reference materials, as well, the shelf in the shop is about 12 feet long and have some in the office and reference materials in the library of the house, and on some things I have boxes of materials as well, where it was not easy to organize the materials. but wanted to keep available, and on many items attached a copy on the shop wall,
I usually keep the sleeve on all the belts of the tractors and trucks and cars, with the the vehicles name and year written on them and staple them to the wall for easy reference hoses as well. on the tool box I wrote the size of wrench for the drain plugs of most of the units on the place, makes getting the correct wrench easy, and saves trips back and forth,
For example; I posted the measurements of the various three point hitches, category 1 through 4 so when I am building some thing I can easily reference the dimensions,
another is the wiring for a trailer plug,
also decimal equivalents,
and metric conversions,
and standard grades of bolts and torque specs.
These two charts may come in handy for people like BHD. One is fractional inch to decimal inch and the other is for twist drills and machinist types. Both are .PDF (Adobe Acrobat) files and print out on 8.5 x 11 inch regular paper. When I can find it, I have a nice .PDF file chart of 0.1 to 25.0 mm to decimal inch in 0.1mm steps. I'll add it once found.
Thanks for the good words on ShopFileR, Bill.
Originally Posted by billmoy
If there is anything that you might like to see added to ShopFileR, let me know. I am in the process now of adding some more features.