Recently we've experienced some great growth, but this has also brought with it some confusion over our equipment use policy, along with some misuse of tools, including significant damage to some.
Most tools in the Hack Factory are available for anyone to use, however several members choose to keep special purpose tools that may be easy to damage through misuse or that have a lot of consumable material. There are also a number of tools that can be of significant danger if mis-used in the space.
While the intent of our community is collaborative, many members work on personal projects, and need particular tools or materials that we can not currently, or do not provide, at their own expense. Many members have chosen to loan some of these tools to our community, some have not for a variety of personal reasons.
As such, with little fanfare (up to now) a few months back the board of directors with our shop manager decided to enact a tool labeling program so that folks can see at a glance what tools are available for them to use and so that we as a organization can keep track of what belongs to whom. We've finally got this rolling. Several posters have gone up in the shop explaining the meanings of the various stickers. If you have a tool that belongs to you, or that you donated to us, please refer to the set of stickers, and how to decide what sticker flyer that's pinned up in the office.
Members are expected to abide by these labels, and misuse of the system would be most un-excellent.
We're still trying to sus out some sort of label system for personally owned supplies. As things stand, the shelving surrounding the "paint room" is designated member project/materials storage, and if you need to leave things here for a while, you must label things there or if that is full, if you place them elsewhere. Several drawers in the basement, and shelves in the stairway are also used for personal storage, and must be labeled. Items in a drawer or on a shelf labeled with someone's name on them are theirs. Do not use them without their permission.