We don't want to toot our own horn, but we're pretty sure we're one of AT's least handy writers. Put a hammer in our hand and we're bound to make a huge mess...don't even get us started on what damage we might do with a drill or a saw. Point being, we own zero tools of our own, which makes a new Portland service even more brilliant.
The Northeast Portland Tool Library opened its doors in mid-July, making a home in a one-car garage. Founded by Eric Fair-Layman (a perfect name for a tool guy, don't you think?), tools can only be borrowed by Northeast Portland residents -- you'll have to show proof of ID and a utility bill to prove it.
Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., tools can be checked out a week at a time and are due the following Saturday. There are about 200 pieces to choose from and resident can borrow up to five tools at a time. Bring 'em back, though. Returning tools late will generate a fine.
The library is run by volunteers, though there's hope of hiring paid staff in the future. For now, locals can make tax-deductible donations of tools or cash or generously give their time to help people like us know how to (safely) use the equipment.