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Missoula tool Library helps alleviate renovation costs

Library has more than 2,500 tools to check out
MUD Tool Library supplements
Posted at 4:26 PM, Apr 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-26 10:01:34-04

MISSOULA — Home renovation prices are increasing because of current market conditions, but one organization helps keep costs in check.

The Tool Library in Missoula -- which is operated by the Missoula Urban Demonstration project (MUD) -- functions just like a book library.

With an income-based annual fee, members check out tools and return them a week later. If members miss a return date, they just pay a late fee.

Need a hammer, a chimney brush, or a gas-powered drill? MUD's got you covered with more than 2,500 tools to choose from.

Tool librarian Christian Russell told MTN News about some recent projects he's seen.

"We have a member who's making coffee tables, so they needed a lot of pipe clamps or wire clamps," Russell said.

"We've had several people come in and outfit their vans, as like a camper or a tiny home. So they've done all the woodwork here themselves," he continued.

MUD also puts on sustainability workshops for community members to learn how to bee-keep or use certain tools.

Most recently: making signs out of pallets and building cat towers, according to Russell.

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