Periodically we get tools that we’ve either never had before, or haven’t had for awhile. Recently, a small electric chainsaw came in. These are great for yard and garden tasks, especially bucking up smaller trees into firewood or cutting rough joints into timbers.
Super important when using any chainsaw, is adequate safety. That includes proper PPE (eye, ear, hand, body protection) and an understanding of chainsaw kickback and how to limit this. A great explanation can be found here. Thanks VTL member Dan for the link!
This saw is best for lighter duty work, and requires access to a power source. Can be borrowed with extension cords to help with that a bit.
VTL volunteer and workshop facilitator Craig Orrett is working to get a tool library started in the Slocan Valley! Help support these efforts by donating to their gofundme, and completing the community survey on their website.
Hey folks!! This is just a note to ring in the equinox, and thus fruit pressing season.
You may be aware that we have two fruit presses at the shop, which are available for members for free, as they are A-class tools. What you may not know, is that due to their high seasonal demand, we place a 3 DAY LIMIT on how long they can be borrowed for, and we have a RESERVATION system in place for them.
So to be clear: VTL members can come and borrow a cider press for free, for three days at a time. We have a reservations sheet, and you can get your name on there and we will do our absolute best to ensure it’s here when it’s supposed to be. Occasionally tools come in late, and once in awhile they get double booked, so we recommend calling in advance to confirm your reservation and pick up time. Please be kind to the volunteers in the shop during this busy time, as without our volunteers we wouldn’t be open to lend tools at all.
As always we can be reached at 604 568 8071.
Please view our WorkSafeBC Covid Safety Plan here.
The Vancouver Tool Library is reopening Saturday May 2 for regular shop hours.
It is with great excitement that we announce our plan to reopen the shop! We took this time to do some spring cleaning and painting, and get things ready to come back better than ever!! After much deliberation and careful discussion, we have come up with a plan that we believe will protect our volunteers and members, while opening our doors and enabling you to get the tools you need to complete various projects during these trying times.
In order to build our library back up, and disinfect our inventory, we will be open for returns only on Tuesday April 28, Wednesday April 29, and Thursday April 30 from 4:00 – 8:00PM. Members are encouraged to bring back any tools you currently have out, and there will be no late or extension fees applied for time out over the shut down.
On Saturday May 2, we will open for regular shop hours and resume operation as usual. There will be some changes to how we run, in the interest of keeping everyone safe:
1. Only one person will be allowed in the shop at a time. We would suggest coming prepared with a list of what you’re looking for, or calling ahead to speed up the process. If you’re uncomfortable entering the shop, the volunteer at the desk will gather the tools and place them at the front door for you.
2. Please line up in front of the shop along the hash marks placed on the ground, and maintain the recommended social distance of 2m or 6″.
3. Payment by credit or debit card preferred, but we will continue accepting cash if necessary as we would like to limit barriers to accessing our tools.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our manager Laine Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe out there!!