[hackerspaces] And now for something completely different...

Sam Ley sam.ley at gmail.com
Mon Feb 23 16:29:40 CET 2015

In the right kind of space with the right rules it works well. We have a
relatively small membership, but a big bay door and work area for cars.
Some of our members are in primarily for working on cars. Sometimes it is
just regular stuff - oil changes, struts, exhausts, etc., and other times
it has been pretty crazy stuff, like making full electric pickup trucks.

Our rule is that the car can only be in the bay while you are working on it
- so one-day projects only, and cars parked outside the hackerspace can
only be there for 3 days before they need to move. I won't say we've had NO
issues with non-running cars hanging around longer than they should, but it
hasn't been a huge problem. Just set the expectations clearly from the


On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 8:01 AM, bownes <bownes at gmail.com> wrote:

> As we were designing our new home, one of the things that we wanted was a
> space where we could work on automobiles.
> However, the logistics of automobile service and gasoline in a 150 year
> old wooden structure prevented this from becoming a reality. We do, however
> have a 14 x 10' lift from the basement shop area to street level. We have
> also acknowledged that there maybe some fabrication of alternative fuel
> vehicles within our space.
> We are eying the carriage house across the alley as possible home for a
> three bay automobile shop as a future option tho.
> > On Feb 23, 2015, at 00:24, Arclight <arclight at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Question: How many other space out there let people work on their
> > cars/automotive stuff? We will open up the space for "car maintenance"
> > day from time to time. This has been really popular, as people are
> > trying to save money and be more self-sufficient. It's been a hit with
> > the ladies as well.
> >
> > We do not let people leave vehicles on the premises, as experience has
> > taught us that folks get difficult and unresponsive when you need them
> > gone.
> >
> > Anyone else doing similar things?
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Arclight
> > 23b Shop
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