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Shameless copy from the London Hackspace: 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 space.

In addition to these rules, all members and visitors are expected to observe the Code of Conduct.

Rule Zero

  1. Do not be on fire.


  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 someone that can ASAP.
  2. If you're doing something major, ask the mailing list first.


  1. Do not treat the Hackerspace like your home, it is a shared space.

Personal Items

  1. Members are allowed to store personal items in the space, under some conditions. See also: Storage.
  2. Larger/more items may be allowed, but please note that space is limited.

Donating, Loaning, or Borrowing Items

  1. Carefully consider the true usefulness of an item before bringing it to the space. 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 space without asking the mailing list first.


  1. Workbenches should be completely clean when you leave - be considerate for the next user. Please put tools back where you found them.
  2. Don't leave dirty cups and plates 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), hoover the spot.


  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 mailing list is informed well in advance.


If you continually annoy or endanger others by ignoring these rules, AHSI have the right to impose sanctions, as described in the Statutory Papers. It is not something they want to do.