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Borrow instead of buying at one of Portland’s neighborhood tool libraries

Much like literary libraries, residents can become members of Portland’s tool libraries and check out the equipment they need for DIY tasks.

Two green shipping containers with doors and lawn equipment outside.

The East Portland Tool Library also accepts donations of non-gas-powered items.

Photo by Jacob Loeb - Montavilla News

You finally set aside some time to knock out that home project you’ve been putting off, but just as you settle in to start, you realize you don’t have the right drill. Or maybe your extension cord fell victim to an enthusiastic rodent. Whatever the case, the hiccup has thrown a major… ahem… wrench into your day.

Depending on where you live, there might be a solution that’ll save you a trip to Home Depot.

A handful of tool libraries scattered around Portland give residents the opportunity to borrow repair, maintenance, and crafting equipment — from wire strippers to reciprocating saws. The East Portland Tool Library is the newest outpost in the city, operating out of two shipping containers in the Cherry Park United Methodist Church parking lot at 1736 SE 106th Ave.

For eligible residents, donation-based, pay-what-you-can membership unlocks access to the library’s collection, which is open every Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., for week-long rentals.

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