Find a Tool Bank
Why Buy, When You Can Rent?
Insider Tip of the Week
Last week I had the brilliant idea to sand down an old chair and repaint it. The thing was ancient, chipped, and the paint had completely worn off completely on the seat...
But I had no intention of wasting it, spending good money on a nice oak replacement, or (worse) getting a cheap one from Wal-Mart.
Long story short, my hand was cramped and sore for days, along with my back. I didn't have a power sander, so I just went at it on my own. What I should have done was go down to Baltimore's local tool bank.
And that brings us to our tip of the week: Find a tool bank near you for the random things you don't want to rent or buy, but need to use for a couple days.
There may be a small fee, or it may be free to borrow tools. Either way, it beats shelling out for new tools you might only use a few times at a Home Depot or Lowe's.
Wikipedia has a decent list of tool libraries here, or head over to localtools.org.
If there isn't one near you, contact your local or state representative and pass a link along to ShareStarter's guide to starting one.
Tool banks aren't new, just underutilized...
The first U.S. tool lending library was started in Columbus, Ohio, in 1976.
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