I’m in favor, so don’t misinterpret the next section as criticism. More storage is great.
However, where are we going to put all the stuff over there? Since much of it is long abandoned and useless, let’s NOT put it on the new racks. That would defeat the purpose.
Analyzing our space usage a couple years ago, I concluded that we could free up 1/3 of existing storage space on racks simply. I freed up a whole shelf above electronics area simply by getting rid of empty boxes, unneeded parts / trash, and moving stuff from 1/8th full boxes to other boxes.
Historically, we have been really bad at purging old stuff & we need more space for NEW stuff, especially member projects in process. Heck I found inkjet supplies and all manner of completely ripped apart or broken items recently when I went through a lot of these boxes – do we need tons of inkjets and cartridges?
How about this:
We have a garage sale in the end of September. All proceeds to Hive, all unsold items to scrappers. We could also open this up to member donations, so we could unload stuff from our own homes. I have a few things that may be sale-able, but not enough to have my own garage sale. A community garage sale would be rewarding.
3rd - we are not using all of our space. We should also consider a safe and easy way to access high shelves. I notice often that we are not using 1/3rd or more of our storage space. A track ladder would be useful and I bet Kevin could rig a great one up in a weekend. A cheaper, simpler solution would be a ladder that can simply hook into the racks so it’s stable.
I am a bit frustrated with palette racks, as I have a permanent nerve injury resultant of spine injury affecting my left arm and shoulder. This is not so bad, but it makes it difficult to manage the pallet rack solution. I can’t even manage one of the storage boxes we made a while back, even though they are on low shelves. Of course, fancy ladders are not required, a simple “handicap & less able (older) member parking area” at bottom would be the easiest solution to this problem.
I can’t physically lift the extension chord box down from rack. I tried once and ended up injuring myself and going to my orthopedist later. I also cannot hold my left arm overhead for more than a minute or two without compressing the nerve (very painful).
Okay, TMI, but point made.
Yes to the palette racks, but it’s an incomplete solution. We also need:
To sell / purge 6 years of unneeded stuff before we become hoarders.
Solutions for less able-bodied members.