Rules

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Ventnor Shed is run entirely by its members and, on the whole, this works pretty well. We hate making rules almost as much as we hate following them, so we really want to keep the number of rules to a minimum. We can only do this if members and visitors observe the spirit -- not just the letter -- of these rules; they are here firstly for your safety, and secondly to prevent annoyance to other users of the shed.

We have Policies that are the core and are required reading for all members.

In addition to these rules, all members and visitors are expected to observe the Policies. Any violations of Policies will be grounds for trustees to consider immediate removal of membership.

We also have a number of guides that are good reading for prospective users of the shed.

Rule Zero

  1. Do not be on fire.

Safety

  1. Don't use tools unless you're sure you know how to do so safely. If you see someone working in an unsafe way, it's your duty to stop them and let them know.
  2. Don't defeat or hack safety features/equipment. This is for other people's safety as much as yours.
  3. Check the wiki for instructions. Read the warnings. If in doubt, ask.

Making Decisions

  1. If something is broken, fix it; don't complain. If you can't fix it, tell the trustees ASAP.
  2. If you're doing something major, ask the Works Committee or an Officer first.

Etiquette

  1. Do not treat the Shed like your home, it is a shared space.
  2. Equipment should be treated with care and respect. If a tool is damaged while you're using it, you must tell a Trustee. If you damage a tool due to misuse, the trustees may ask you to contribute money towards its replacement or repair.


Donating, Loaning, or Borrowing Items

  1. Carefully consider the true usefulness of an item before bringing it to the shed. Disposal requires effort and space is limited. Seek permission for large items.
  2. If you're leaving something and you would rather it was not mercilessly ripped apart, please label it accordingly.
  3. Likewise, if something looks expensive or useful please don't mercilessly rip it apart without asking first.
  4. Don't remove tools from the shed without asking a trustee first.

Tidiness

  1. Workbenches should be completely clean when you leave - be considerate for the next user. Please put tools back where you found them.
  2. Wash your dirty crockery and cutlery before leaving the shed. Don't leave it in the sink.
  3. Any items left on a workbench overnight become fair game. Put your stuff back in your box.
  4. If you have engaged in any waste generating activity (e.g. peeling wires, welding, grinding etc), hoover the spot.
  5. Please do not bring large projects, without checking with the working committee

Disposal

  1. If you think something should be thrown out, put it in the outgoing trash box. Two weeks later the box will go in the skip.
  2. If something is too big to fit in the trash box, you should probably post to the list about it.
  3. If you want to throw something away which looks useful, make sure the works committee is informed well in advance. (Also see: Storage#Disposal)

Penalties

If you repeatedly annoy or endanger others by ignoring these rules, the trustees have the right to impose sanctions, as described in the Grievance Procedure. It is not something they want to do.

Any violations of Policies will be grounds for trustees to consider immediate removal of membership.