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Tool libraries? Answered

Hello,
Has anyone had experience of using or setting up a tool library? Do you pay a membership fee? What stops people just not bringing the tool back?
I'm considering setting one up in my local area, Cornwall uk.
Any info would be great
Thanks
Alex

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Yonatan24

3 years ago

Wouldn't something like TechShop would be better? People come to the place instead of taking tools home?

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Kiteman

3 years ago

Have you seen that TV advert where the chap lends his power tools to a neighbour, and takes a photo of the neighbour holding the tools? Do that, and have a wall display of the photos.

Also, charge a small membership fee for the club, and take credit card or debit card details from the members, on the clear understanding that charges will be made for lost, damaged or forgot-to-return-it-honest tools. Your bank will be able to advise on that, because you'll need to start a separate account for your library.

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Josehf Murchison

3 years ago

The only thing that works for tool return is a deposit for more than the tool costs.

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rickharrisJosehf Murchison

Answer 3 years ago

And a thick skin! I wouldn't lend anyone my tools if I expected them to come back in good condition.

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Josehf Murchisonrickharris

Answer 3 years ago

I had one of those computers that read your car computer codes loaned it to a relative haven't seen it or them since.

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rickharrisJosehf Murchison

Answer 3 years ago

Good tip, IF you lend anything to anybody take a photo of them with the tool, book, machine to remind you who has it.

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AlexC229

3 years ago

the problem with taking a big deposit is that it kinda defeats the object of what I was trying to do. My hope was to try and encourage people from a poorer background to get involved with making. We have a local recycling shop, where you pay £30 annual membership, local company's donate unused material or off cuts etc etc, there is some really cool stuff there if your prepared to dig. Everything is free once your a member. This is great but without tools, poorer people can't make use of the material. Hummm... I'll have to have a better look into it.

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rickharrisAlexC229

Answer 3 years ago

It may be that your best option for that is to turn teacher. Your in the UK all schools in the UK are obliged to teach design and technology, however the standard varies from advanced robotics projects to Blue peter messing with toilet rolls.

Find a somewhere and set up a "maker space" stock it with tools and run accordingly. you may even be elligible for grants to buy things (for the public good)

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steveastrouk

3 years ago

The liability issues would be scary....

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bwrussellsteveastrouk

Answer 3 years ago

That should easily be taken care of with either local laws and/or a waiver/rental agreement. If you have proof you rented the equipment to them then I don't see how you could be found liable for anything they did with the equipment. Just make sure to setup with the local equivalent of an LLC or some sort of corporation so that you are not personally liable IF someone were to sue.

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Downunder35m

3 years ago

Before you try this check the local laws.
As Steveastrouk said liability is always a bi...
Bigger electrical tools can be fitted with GPS trackers - if they are wrth the costs otherwise you always need to collect a higher fee than what the tool price is.
Of course you can go the full legal length, just collect a few bucks and if no return involve lawyers and debt collectors.
But in the long run you will loose even more money this way.
I guess there is a reason why even in the US hire garages with tools are slipping out of existence.