View Full Version : Making socket set size more visible

10-16-2008, 12:33 AM
There's nothing as annoying as trying to find the right size socket only to grab the wrong size, especially if you're working under a vehicle and you have to keep crawling out.

To help me organize and avoid grabbing the wrong socket, I decide to mark the size so that they are more visible. Red for SAE and blue for Metric. I borrowed some regular crayons from my kids, and I was surprised how well they worked. Here's a picture of just few of them.


10-16-2008, 12:40 AM
Looks good!

Once that crayon wears off, borrow nail polish from your wife and do it with something that will last a bit better :D


Mike Burdick
10-16-2008, 12:45 AM
Hmmmm...I'll bet Sears will have marked sockets on next years Craftsman tools!

Ghop Shop
10-16-2008, 12:50 AM
White typewriter correction fluid is quite durable and handy as well.

10-16-2008, 01:44 AM
great tips

10-16-2008, 07:50 AM
I use a lacquer paint stick made for just this purpose ( https://www.micro-tools.com/store/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=L51123 ). It works just like the crayon except it is real paint and thus very durable. You should hear the comments I get when a customer picks up his parts that are marked so that he can actually read the stampings on them. Get a few different colors ( for $2 each) and they can be very handy things to keep around, especially if you have old tired eyeballs like mine........;)

10-16-2008, 08:08 AM
Good idea! I use paint markers around the shop a lot..I'll have to try that.
"New Pet Peeve"...some places are selling sockets now that have some kind of gold coloured anodized numbers. I REALLY hate those. A little bit of grease/dirt on them and you can't read them. I'm wondering what they will be like in a few years when the anodizing wears off.

J Tiers
10-16-2008, 08:15 AM
Hmmmm...I'll bet Sears will have marked sockets on next years Craftsman tools!

They had it last year already...... color coded too.

10-16-2008, 09:13 AM
I usually eyeball size one of em then try it on the Nut Bolt usually right. BUT the small metal socket racks are nice under a car you can just grab ONE AT A TIME if it dont fit the next one beside it should>>

J Tiers
10-16-2008, 08:31 PM

10-16-2008, 11:39 PM
Here's another option, don't know how durable they are, but not a whole lot of money.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/Chrome-Socket-Labels-for-mechanics-the-home-craftsman_W0QQitemZ280274907367QQcmdZViewItem?hash =item280274907367&_trkparms=72%3A792|39%3A1|66%3A2|65%3A12|240%3A130 9&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14


10-17-2008, 12:57 AM
that's why i like my hansen trays - the size is printed in nice white numbers right on top of the peg and they're all in order. just grab the tray and take it with ya to the job.

Paul Alciatore
10-17-2008, 02:02 AM
Neat idea.

But this problem is not limited to sockets. Computer cards are among the worst offenders. Legends stamped into sheet metal that is usually sitting against a wall with little light and you have to find the right jack to plug something into. Or countless items of electronic equipment with tiny lettering molded into black plastic. Again usually have to read it with little light and often upside down. Likewais for thousands of other products, no millions.

Would it really break all of these manufacturers to add a little contrasting color?

J Tiers
10-17-2008, 08:12 AM
Would it really break all of these manufacturers to add a little contrasting color?

Yep, it would.

it would add a nickel or so, and Walmart etc would just cross them off the list without a second thought. Big outfits like Walmart will KILL for a nickel per item.

They will kill for a half penny...... let's get real.

10-17-2008, 09:53 AM
princess auto here has a set of sockets that are crome anodized in a different colour for each size. so every socket is a different colour.

i dipped the few standard sizes i use into different colours of the "tool dip" rubber tool handle stuff. they make less noise when used in deep holes, and would help protect the socket and parts from marring..