We’ve long been a fan of tool libraries but unfortunately they are lacking in many cities and most of the tool libraries we’ve seen are in dire need of updating. Neighborgoods is taking the idea of sharing tools to the next level by combining the idea with a social network. Their tagline “Need a ladder? Borrow it from your neighbor. Have a bike collecting dust in your closet? Rent it out for some extra cash!”
Sounds simple enough. We did an initial search and within 10 miles we found a ladder, cordless drill, wet/dry vac, orbital sander and hand-held jigsaw. These tools aren’t typical for most people to have in their toolbox but are indispensable when you need them.
They have launched in beta in Los Angeles, so if you can’t find what you need using our DIY City Guide for Los Angeles, then maybe you should sign up with Neighborgoods. Who knows, maybe the tool you’ve been looking for is right next door.
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Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.