Adjusted Tool Library Hours for Saturday, September 23, 2017

Dear Tool Members,

The West Philly Tool Library will be open from 11:00am to 2:00pm tomorrow, Saturday 9/23, instead of our normal hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.


Sincerely,

~The West Philly Tool Library Team
Adjusted Hours

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Happy Labor Day!

In honor of Labor Day, the WPTL will be closed on Monday, September 4th!  Any tools due on Monday may be returned on Tuesday, September 5th without incurring a late fee! Have a wonderful day Labor Day!!

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Before You Buy That Tool, Check Out The West Philly Tool Library

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Thank you to Philly.com and the Philadelphia Inquirer for sharing our story! If you love the ideas of the West Philly Tool Library please consider donating to support our mission! Here’s the link to donate:
http://westphillytools.org/donate/

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We Want to Hear From You!

We’re a community for you and because of you. If you live in or around Philadelphia and believe in the mission of the West Philly Tool Library, follow us on social media to learn more about upcoming events.  And please share with us your projects by tagging us @westphillytools @toollibrary and #westphillytoollibrary. We want to hear from you!!

Were you at the Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll? We were and we want to know what was your favorite part of this event?

Were you at last month’s Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll? We were and we want to know what was your favorite part of this event?

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Summer Hours!

We are operating under summer hours. So please come and see us!

Monday Thru Thursday: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am – 3:00pm


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NEW: Wooden Window Workshop (March 26)

CaptureIn Philadelphia, it’s common for homes to have wooden windows that are in need of attention. Join us here at the Tool Library on Saturday, March 26 at 3pm for the Tool Library’s first-ever Wooden Window Workshop.

This workshop will teach you why you should consider saving your historic windows, and how to completely restore them, including:

  • Removing window sashes from the frame,
  • Stripping peeling paint and removing aging glazing,
  • Cutting replacement glass,
  • Re-glazing window panes, and
  • Painting sashes.

All materials provided.

The workshop is free, and it is being held on a first come, first serve basis with priority to our members. Although, no registration is required, we ask that you arrive on time, because the class has a limit of 10 participants!

The workshop will be led by Andrew Cushing, and it is sponsored by the Penn Design Social Impact Project.

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NEW this March: Tool Demonstrations at the Tool Library!

The West Philly Tool Library is jumping into 2016 with a tool demonstration series that aims to build confidence when using our tools—no matter your prior experience with tools. Please join us in March in the Tool Library at the time and dates below to learn more about our tools and to get all of your questions answered. Join us for one demonstration, or join us for all! These events are free to members and only a $5 donation for non-members. There is no registration required; we just ask that you arrive on time! We welcome as many as our space can hold.

Demonstrations will be 15-30 minutes, followed by Q & A.

JOIN US AT THE TOOL LIBRARY 
(Eye & ear protection provided, but feel free to bring your own.)

  • MONDAY, MARCH 7, 7pm:
    Tool self-reliance 101: Perfect for beginners, together participants will select ten essential tools and learn how to use them safely and properly.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 14, 7pm:
    Drills – Hammer drills, drivers, and rotary drills: Sometimes you need to drill a hole, sometimes you need extra oomph for screws/other fasteners, sometimes you need a hole in brick or block, and sometimes you need to chip up tile or remove some masonry—not sure which one does what? Then, this demo is for you! Also, many Philadelphia row homes and twins have brick & mortar walls. This demonstration will teach you how to go easy on your walls by teaching you when to use a drill and when to use a hammer drill, and more!
  • MONDAY, MARCH 21, 7pm:
    Angle grinders: This versatile tool is hard to beat when you need to grind or cut metal or masonry. We will demonstrate how to use it safely to grind metal, cut pipes and brick/block.
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 7pm
    Circular saws: Hand held circular saw is the most conventional saw for cutting wood, but is also used for metal, masonry, plastic, etc. Handy for lumber, plywood, and more. Easy to use, allowing for accurate, straight cuts. We will demonstrate how to use safely + some tips, and introduce the worm-drive saw.  
  • MONDAY, MARCH 28, 7pm
    Pneumatics (air tools and air compressors): We will look at air compressors and the demonstrate use of various air nailers including brad and finish nailers for trim and moulding, framing nailer, palm nailer, and flooring nailer and stapler.

See you then!

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Member project: New life for an antique chair

This weekend, Aaron, a West Philly Tool Library member, emailed us to share how he had used our tools most recently. Aaron reported that he had acquired a beautiful antique empire armchair in great condition, except that the bottom was falling out. With help from the Tool Library, he brought new life to his antique chair.

Aaron borrowed our upholstery kit (recently donated to the Tool Library!) and a staple gun, and followed the steps below to rejuvenate to his antique chair. He says the project not only was gratifying, but it was much cheaper to do it himself. Thanks for sharing your project with us, Aaron!

How has the West Philly Tool Library helped you finish indoor projects this winter?
Email us your projects to info@westphillytools.org.

STEP 0: Old chair seat

Old dust cover (which previously had been bolstered with denim)

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Old dust cover

STEP 1: Remove old dust cover and old jute

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Old jute, after removing the dust cover

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Halfway finished

STEP 2: Stretch new jute webbing and add a new dust cover

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New jute webbing

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New dust cover

STEP 3: Have a seat!

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Good as new!

 

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Member highlight: PowerCorps PHL

Since joining the Tool Library in March as an organizational member, PowerCorps leaders have become familiar faces at the Tool Library, regularly stopping by for our extension ladders, rakes, and extension poles. PowerCorps has used Tool Library tools to rehab recreation centers across the city—last winter, they rehabbed 45 using our tools!

PowerCorps PHL is an AmeriCorps program designed to support the City’s environmental stewardship initiatives, as well as the City’s youth violence prevention and workforce development priorities. Partnering with EducationWorks and the Philadelphia Youth Network, PowerCorpsPHL annually enrolls 100 individuals, ages 18-26, in a 9-month program: 6 months of full-time service as AmeriCorps members with City departments followed by 3 months of intensive job placement support.

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Reminder: Holiday hours

As previously posted, the West Philly Tool Library will be closed:

Christmas
Thursday, December 24
(Friday, December 25)
Saturday, December 26

New Year
Thursday, December 31
(Friday, January 1)
Saturday, January 2

Please note, our normal business hours are:
Monday – Thursday, 5:30-8:30pm
Saturday, 9:00am-3:00pm

 

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When are we open?

Monday - Thursday:
5:30pm to 8:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Where are we?

1314 S. 47th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143

We are in a warehouse on the west side of S. 47th Street about 200 feet south of Woodland Avenue.

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Who are we?

The West Philly Tool Library loans tools to community members so they can perform simple home maintenance, tend their yards and gardens, build furniture, start projects, and learn new skills in a safe and affordable manner.