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#1 posted 07-24-2010 04:09 PM

I know most LJ’ers are against sharing tools. It’s extremely reasonable of them to do so, as well.

Part of my job, is sharing tools. I run the machine shop at our sci/tech centre and the equipment is available to people to use. Part of my rule for using any of it is “If you wish to use my tools, you will use them as I tell you to”. you are allowed to use the tools when I am present, or when I have given you explicit permission to use a tool at any time. You do not get to jump right into all of the tools, no matter what experience you claim to have prior. Every machine has quirks, and I want to make sure you know all of them for a machine before you use them.

Granted, it’s a bit different when it’s friends coming in expecting to use your stuff. Though I do encounter an awful lot of friends who feel it’s silly that I impose the same rules on them. Rules are rules, everybody gets to suffer equally in my shop.

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