I moved into my new house this weekend. So far we’ve built a wall, hung 2 doors, replaced the hot water pipe to the bathroom sink (yay for blow-torches in tiny crawl spaces!), weed-whacked the entire yard, pruned all of the plants, pick-axed out a garden plot, acquired furniture for ourselves and the common spaces, stocked the kitchen, painted, varnished, and in my spare time, I’ve gone to work. It’s been a really intense 4 days, but we’re basically done. The new house is awesome. I think it’s going to be really fun living here. I have to say though, none of this would have been possible without the Berkeley Tool Lending Library.
What is the Tool Lending Library you ask? Well, it’s just like a regular library, except instead of checking out books, you check out tools. They have everything from rototillers, concrete demolition hammers, and table saws to pick-axes and tape measurers. You could build an entire house and do all the landscaping entirely with tools from the library. Like any library, it doesn’t cost any money (unless you return the tools late–the late fees can be up to $15 a day for the power tools), so even poor grad students can have access to tools that normally cost hundreds of dollars. The best part? It’s about 6 blocks from my house. The guys there are incredibly friendly and helpful. I think we might have to bake them cookies someday.