Starting a Tool-Sharing Program in Your Community
If a tool bank or tool-lending library isn't available in your community, starting a neighborhood tool bank can be as simple as getting together with a few neighbors on your block to share garden tools such as snowblowers, lawn mowers or weed whackers, or other household tools such as pressure washers or drain snakes. Tools for repairing cars are also frequently needed, and can be shared among neighbors.
For those interested in starting a neighborhood tool-sharing program, some things to take into consideration are:
- what tools do people need
- where will the tools be stored, in individuals' homes or in a centralized location
- what are the rules for borrowing
- how will the costs for tool purchase and maintenance be covered
- who will be responsible for maintenance and repair
Tool-sharing doesn't have to be limited to just gardening or construction tools. Household appliances such as sewing machines, food processors, blenders, mixers, vacuum cleaners or other appliances could also be shared. In addition to saving money and space, tool-sharing is an excellent way to build community among neighbors.
To find out if there is a tool-lending library near your home, see Wikipedia's list of tool-lending libraries, categorized by state.