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Quote from FreeWitz on August 23, 2018, 6:22 pm

Your jobs program is a good idea, but as to your criticism of the tool shed idea, you are thinking too in-depth IMO. Right now we are brainstorming on a very basic level for new ideas. If an idea is liked, experts will then take these ideas and find the best way to implement them, foresee the problems, and prevent them. Sure, if you just put a bunch of tools in a shed and tell anybody they can use them, especially in a low-income area, they are going to walk off, but that's not what would be done. Security measures would be put in place to help prevent these issues. Libraries are effectively the same thing but instead of tools they have books.

I'm not even talking about low income areas.  Tools disappear all the time for no reason other than lack of attention.  As for brainstorming; surely we should be open to consider ways to improve ideas.

As for the library analogy; how long do people typically need a tool?  How likely are they to only need a single tool?  How likely are they to correctly identify all the tools they need before they start a job?  How likely is a tool to get lost or damaged during use?  This is where a 'tool library' differs substantially from a traditional library.  You need a few books to read at a time and there are thousands of similar options available.  Tools on the other hand are typically very specific, and are often damaged during use.  You don't need a wrench, you need a 3/8" wrench, and you probably don't know that until you're half way into whatever you're doing.  Therefore you're not talking about loaning out a single $5 tool, you're loaning out a $50 tool kit (that needs to be maintained) + some a specialty tool or two.

@8simon9 I think has the best idea so far.  Keep the tools in one spot and allow residents to utilize that space for a variety of needs with a 'librarian' of sorts helping and keeping an eye on things.

Haha not sure how to change your thumbnail, but I dig it!  Idlepundit's point about the problem with knowledgeable levels of tool application is interesting, but I think I have a way around it.  It's true that many people wouldn't know what size of socket to use, and would need asistance.  First, off how often does the mechanically inept person actually do the job?  Ususally the one putting in the work knows what tools they need.  You could also hire a couple local guys who are handymen to give advice, work in the shop, offer assistance for additional but affordable fees, and to help locate tools.

An interesting idea just speaking of car garages, is to have a community area equipped with a lift, ramps, jacks and such to make working on the car easier and have an experienced/retired mechanic.  This mechanic could, like I said before, advise those that need help or this could even be expanded to a mentoring or intern program for those that  may want to start their own business.

Quote from 8simon9 on August 23, 2018, 6:27 pm

(Not sure why that is my thumbnail picture or how to change it? That picture was something my son had as his icon about 10 years ago on a gaming forum when he was into Spiderman?)

I had the same problem with my image. I think this website borrowed my avatar from Gravatar.com, so I went and changed it there, which worked.

Quote from FreeWitz on August 27, 2018, 12:02 am
Quote from 8simon9 on August 23, 2018, 6:27 pm

(Not sure why that is my thumbnail picture or how to change it? That picture was something my son had as his icon about 10 years ago on a gaming forum when he was into Spiderman?)

I had the same problem with my image. I think this website borrowed my avatar from Gravatar.com, so I went and changed it there, which worked.

Thank you that worked! I had no  idea why it would randomly show up on different sites and my son did it so long ago he could not remember what site it was coming from.

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