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No tools? No problem: Rent online

Posted May 26, 2013
Updated May 29, 2013

— Looking to do a little home remodeling this summer?

If so, a Durham man's idea for sharing tools with neighbors might help you save some serious money.

Michael Novi says he created Sharehammer in March after having to buy a tile saw he planned to use only for a one-time project.

The website, which has attracted about 100 users and dozens of tools since it launched, connects tool owners with locals in need of power tools, like the saw, for which they they have limited use.

Search for the tool you want, and a map appears with the available tools in the Triangle.

Reserve it, and Sharehammer handles the money.

"We hold the payment until the transaction is complete, you've returned the tools and everyone says the tool worked and the tool worked when you returned it," Novi said.

Eric Boggs says it's a great way for neighbors to help other neighbors. He's listed a pressure washer and other power tools on the site.

"It brings people together and money changes hands between people as opposed to big companies, which is kind of a nice thing," he said.

Novi hopes more people turn to Sharehammer when they need a tool temporarily. He hopes to expand the service to other cities.


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  • 68_dodge_polara May 29, 2013

    I let someone borrow a chainsaw once, never again. How does one even wreck a chainsaw?

  • Jack Flash May 28, 2013

    I'm a big fan of freecycle, and for years I've thought borrowing things could work on a similar level. I'm not crazy about it as a for-profit venture... It seems like a corruption of the 'neighborly' thing to do.

  • frankensteiner May 28, 2013

    I have used it once so far, being the lender. Overall a pretty good process, and I will use it when I need something.

  • superflames May 28, 2013

    it's a great idea - and depends on people acting right. It didn't have very many listings when I checked it last week