View Full Version : Have you cleaned your team's storage closet lately?

Jessica Boucher
05-31-2001, 08:24 PM
I found packets of unopened light cream that came with the numerous "box of Joe"s that we bought from Dunkin Donuts right before shipping.

Kinda makes you wonder what you'll find.......

David Kelly
05-31-2001, 08:33 PM
...we emptied out our entire closet on tuesday. It is amaising what you can find. Brand new Victors that were never used. Motors that you were looking for about 4 months ago. It's crazy that you can accumilate that much crap in 3 years and not throw it away.

05-31-2001, 09:23 PM
We have 10 years of junk... and treasure accumulated in our closet (a tech classroom at the High School). One day i was going through there looking for something and i come across a box labeled "the 1st, FIRST robot"...:eek:
Sure enough I popped that baby open and there she was in all her glory. The ever so humble beggining of our team... the Maize Craize bot...

Haha, i never really realized how small they used to be until i held it in my hand...

I think we have all our bots except 1... the 94 bot...

~John #250

05-31-2001, 09:47 PM
I like cleaning out closets

05-31-2001, 09:53 PM
in response to davids post, i would like to say that he barely put in the amount that i ended up with on that closet and it was very messy!!!!!!

ust joking david you worked hard to. just remember noone is on the team yet. hahahahaha

Jeff Wong
05-31-2001, 11:09 PM
What closet???? I don't recall having a closet to put anything in. Thats right... we don't even have our own room to put stuff in. Our robot is in this little room with all the old science equipment in the basement of one of our buildings. :o

Jeff "in the team with absolutely nothing" Wong

Andrew Dahl
06-01-2001, 07:39 AM
I found amazing stuff- even though this is only our second year in the comp-

4 Victors that my electronics team said were missing
a extra battery (where the heck did that come!!!)
A shoe ????
and remnants of our first robot that died a horrilbe post motrum exercise to figure out what happened!!!


Joel J
06-01-2001, 08:35 AM
Found some fireplace management equipment while cleaning our Practice Facility earlier this year...the only weird thng I saw.

06-01-2001, 08:44 AM

My favorite "closet" story is when I got to visit Gerry's secret area. It was 2000 and we were looking for old drill motors from previous robots (you know the typical nite before ship something blows and you are like OH CRAP!). Anyways it was my good friend Tom and I, we were Alums of the team @ this point back as "adults" and a bunch of the "shop guys." Our head advisor on the corporate side @ the time Gerry was like "you to come with me" so we followed him out to the back of the shop up on a mezanine(sp?). He then stopped us @ the top of the stairs and swore us to secrecy from the actually kids, and took us into "Gerry's Secret Area." It was a glorious place...about 3 of 4 "kit sized" bins worth of FIRST stuff spaning th years of like 93-2000. That is when I saw the 93 joysticks, and control boxes, for the first time. All kinds of stuff....not to mention the various disassembled chasis', etc. from previous robots :) :) Needless to say that the deam disband the following year and those bins of parts are now in Gerry's basement :) :) so ;) ;)

That's my story...


A. Leese
06-01-2001, 10:14 AM
I was given the task last year of cleaning out our closet. I opened to the door only to have twenty small yellow and black balls from last year, three floppies, and one huge ball from our first year all fall on me. Then there were six large boxes of..well..junk that the pit crew decided belonged together in a box. At least I didn't get the job of sorting it all!
This year we don't even have a closet, but, then again, we're blessed to have a whole buidling for our usage (kudos to Mr Noel of SFHS for getting it for us). We just kinda pile stuff everywhere along the sides of the buildling. It's great! lol Maybe someday I can teach our engineers the fine art of organization. Maybe not. But, hey, I get points for trying, right?

mike o'leary
06-01-2001, 03:08 PM
organizations way overrated
mike whos proud to not be organized at all

05-20-2006, 09:00 PM
oof cleaning out the robotics closet was a real pain for us. all the poof balls, aluminum bits, broken pieces of lexan, even spare change were found in the mess.
at the end the trash weighed in at about 50 pounds

05-20-2006, 09:22 PM
You know, all these "useless" objects like old motors or victors or stock aluminum would probably come in real handy for a rookie team looking for a head start in the fall offseason....

Rohith Surampudi
05-20-2006, 09:24 PM
Wow, yet another resurrection, anyway we found a book full of CAD drawings from 2001, the Volcanic Panic Fliers from FLL, and we also found A Brochure for PARC IV

05-20-2006, 10:50 PM
1293 cleaned out its storage closet in the preseason. Many parts in the room weren't even the team's, just cast-offs from various things (various 486-era computer components, bolts as big as your arm, etc.). We cleared it out nicely.

05-21-2006, 12:27 PM
We cleaned our shed out last week becuase they are bulldozing that area and are building a new science building. They are giving us a special room (SCORE).
In the shed we found a barbcue grill, charcoal, stage lights, drama props.
That is downstairs which is noting, Upstairs we had TONS of wood and PVC.
So now all of this stuff is in our shop. We can no longer see the floor. The floor has been elevated about 2-3 feet by plywood. I wil lpost a pic later. TO get to the lights you need to get a harness and scal these mountains (not really). But it is bad.

05-21-2006, 01:41 PM
We cleaned our shed out last week becuase they are bulldozing that area and are building a new science building. They are giving us a special room (SCORE).
Sweet! :D I wish WCC would give us a special room, with lots of pre-carpeted space for driving practice.

Koko Ed
05-21-2006, 02:02 PM
The last couple of years the X-Cats did a cleanup and reorganization of the site. Found alot of old buttons, a 96 Beatty robotics trucker cap, a Robbie extreme bandanna, lots of old giveaways and noisemakers (I really wish we didn't find those clickers. They are super obnoxious) and even some old banners.

12-05-2006, 06:31 PM
hmm... we were also recently evicted from our workshop so we had to get out. i finally found all our allen wrenches... we were missing over 6 full sets. also found were 3 rolls of duct tape, 2 sets of drill biits, and a marker board eraser

Dan Petrovic
12-05-2006, 07:47 PM
In September 166 had a super closet clean out.

It took 3 days to complete.

Friday night we tore everything out of the closet and brought it out into our work space. Saturday we started sorting through everything, throwing away things we don't need.

Sunday we put it all back. It's a lot cleaner and easier to find stuff.

12-05-2006, 08:39 PM
What usually happens when we try "to clean and organize" our room(closet) is we take all the stuff out that can come out. We then look at all of it amazed that it somehow manages to fill the hallway outside the room :confused: , and then throw it all back in a little bit more organized than last time.

Then finally we do it again in about 2 weeks time. :ahh:
Hopefully this year it stays more organized than previous years.

Kyle Love
12-05-2006, 08:42 PM
We are going to clean the shop over Christmas break, I'm terrified to see what stuff we will find.

Koko Ed
12-05-2006, 08:58 PM
We have because we're moving after the season.
You can see all the stuff we found laying around right here. (http://s50.photobucket.com/albums/f327/X-Cats/2007%20Season/Preseason/Site%20Cleanup/?start=0)

Kyle A
12-05-2006, 09:12 PM
We have to clean out our room at the end of every year, but we never sort anything we just throw it all into a crate and put it aside. This year we decided it was time to go through everything. It is amazing the stuff you find when you clean. I found a ton of stuff that we were looking for during build but could never find. We have also found various parts to different robots that have been taken apart. It is hard to throw stuff away though because you never know if you can use it for something.
But as Andrew says, you can keep parts but once you actually need them you will never find them. So we have basically just been throwing a ton of stuff away.
Our room is looking alot better the 12 crates of junk is now down to about 2 small bins.
The other day though I was in our one storage closet going through boxes and found a box half full of brand new poof balls. Those would have been nice to know about when we were fixing the robot for when we went to the off-season event.

12-05-2006, 09:42 PM
we cleaned 1 of our 2 back rooms out and moved all the stuff to a trailer......The trailer was supposed to be used as a class room since our school is being renovated

12-05-2006, 09:42 PM
Define latley.

Last time it was clean was probably over six months ago.

Allison K
12-05-2006, 10:43 PM
One of our main storage areas is above the gym, up a long, narrow set of stairs at the end of a long windowless room. This was all well and good until sometime during construction over the summer and either power was cut to the room or all the light bulbs burnt out. The front two-thirds of the room is populated by the old steel weight-lifting equipment (It used to take up the entire space until we re-arranged a little bit) making the journey to the back section somewhat dangerous. It is actually pretty organized though since we usually have to navigate in the pitch blackness. Materials are in piles separated by type, the robots are in one pile, spare parts are loosely sorted by type, etc. On the off chance that we remember flashlights instead of just using cell phones we always run across stuff we forgot we had.


12-05-2006, 11:20 PM
Our shop is in the process of getting a much needed deep clean. There's so much to be done that I don't think it will get done before build season at which time the process of creating a mess starts all over again. The tools are all organized, the fasteners categorized and sorted with appropriate storage compartments labeled. The cabinet with all of the spare parts from years past had a lot of stuff sorted, and we are accumulating a pile of stuff to hang on our "that didn't work quite like we had planned" wall.


12-06-2006, 12:21 AM
Well, I remember opening up the closet and finding...cockroaches. Lots and lots of cockroaches, from babies to inch long suckers. However, a simple solution (should you ever need to know) is to make a square of duct tape on the floor with sticky side out and place some bait like Goldfish crackers in the center of this home-made glue trap. Works very well! ;)