September 25, 2012

Racor Snap2It Storage System - Review

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Our garage is a disaster. There's no other way to put it. It's a varsity level display of a complete organizational breakdown. Every available space is covered with something. Every unavailable space is covered with something else. Finding anything in there takes days, weeks, months. Tool Snob Jr. wandered in there three months ago and we haven't seen him since. The entropy has gotten so bad that even the local wildlife has moved out. The little family of wrens that built a nest above the window (on the inside) have taken flight, probably disgusted that their front yard looks like a Home Depot fell from an airplane only to smash to earth in the form of a 20 x 20 garage. That's actually what it looks like; that it all fell from the sky. It's that random.

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The wreckage makes us want to cry or punch something every time we go in there (which is 15 or 20 times a day). We're not exactly neat freaks, but the current look is hoarder territory. We just don't have time right now to stay on top of it. We need help.

And help came in the form of Racor, who offered to send us some selections from their Snap2It line of organizers, and thank the good heavens they did.

So the Racor system is really cool. It's all built around a base unit that gets screwed to the wall. It's on that unit that all of the other hooks, racks, and baskets attach to. So you get a few of these base units and away you go. Fully modular. Check out all of the options here.

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We started playing with the gear by attaching a base unit. Two screws and a cover plate to hide them, a red button for clicking the attachments off and on. Easy. Once the unit was attached, we installed one of the general hooks and tossed our mess of pneumatic hoses up there. Pretty good. But then our eye caught the basket attachment, so we put that one on and loaded it up. Excellent. But we started thinking about another one of the all-purpose hooks, so we clicked that one in and hung our worm drive off it. This was getting fun. For the rest of the afternoon we clicked attachments in and out of the base unit and filled each one up. The biggest problem with the Racor system seems to be figuring out which attachment to put in which location.

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And that's the heart of the Snap2It, you have flexibility. It's not like you have a row of hooks and you can only put it where the row fits. You can put these anywhere and you can change them around as your circumstances change. For example the prize spot just inside the garage door belongs to the garden hose in the summer, but the snow shovel in the winter. Racor gives you the ability to easily change out the storage attachment. It's pretty cool.

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As far as cost goes, three base units go for around $7 and the accessory hooks (sold with one base unit) will set you back anywhere from $10 to $30 depending on what it is. So it's all up to you how you want to organize yourself. We've got a lot of work to do ourselves and we're glad that Racor is doing the thinking for us.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 25, 2012 8:34 AM

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