Richmond: New tool lending library encourages DIY, saves money

From San Jose Mercury News

” Richmond residents will soon be able to borrow power drills, sanders and other tools for home repairs and do-it-yourself projects, similar to the way library patrons now borrow books.The materials will be available through the brand new Richmond Tool Lending Library, set to open next month at 3230 Macdonald Ave.More than 70 percent of the city’s housing units are over 30 years old and about a half are more than 50 years old, meaning many require significant upgrades. The hope is that by providing them access to tools, residents will be able to increase their property values, and in the process, the city’s tax revenue.”