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Running a Hackspace like ours requires a lot of continuous maintenance work that may not be immediately obvious when you're new. All members are expected to help out with this.

Allie Brosh

Keeping the Hackspace in Shape

According to our Rules you're expected to clean up your workspace after you're done; but beyond that we ask that you help us maintain the space. We have a lot of members that make constant use of our facilities, and it adds up quickly.

Some members have taken specific responsibility to look after items. All members are encouraged to do this - please see Adopt-a-Spanner

A few good rules of thumb:

  • Strive to do one maintenance task every time you visit. You're already helping if you only bring out the garbage or wipe a few desks clean.
  • Strive to leave our facilities in a better state than you found them.
  • If you don't know how things work and this documentation doesn't help then just ask around, in the space or on IRC. Then update this documentation.

Waste Disposal

Main article: 447 Hackney Road/Rubbish

Regular Waste

This includes industrial waste (electronics, metal, stone, wood, ...) as long as it is not toxic. We have set up a few bins in various places. Once they're full take out the bag, replace it with a new one (you can find them under the kitchen sink), and dispose of the full bag.

We have a 660L bin from Tower Hamlets, pickup is 7am ish on Tuesday mornings.


There's a purple and a blue bin out back, which are collected every Tuesday. Please use the blue recycling bins in the space, look at the notices on the bins which list what can be recycled and what can't. Beer & Club Mate bottles can be recycled!

We can recycle:

  • glass bottles and jars
  • food and drink cans
  • plastic containers
  • mixed card
  • mixed paper
  • food and drink cartons
  • aerosol cans
  • telephone directories (!)


Hackney Council has several recycling facilities for household batteries (which includes "laptop batteries and other types of portable batteries", but does not include car batteries.) The Hackspace is probably not eligible to use them, but if you're a resident you can bring your own old batteries there.

The closest to the space is at Shoreditch Library, in 80 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP (map), which is next to the community college.

Opening hours:

  • Mon, Tues, Thur: 9am - 8pm
  • Wed: 9am - 6pm
  • Fri: 10am - 8pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun 1pm - 5pm

Toxic Waste

TODO: where to dispose?


Most cleaning utensils can be found under the kitchen sink. (See also the "re-stocking supplies" section further below.)


Do them.

There is a small dishwasher (status?), which can be operated as follows:

  • Tablets are under the sink.
  • Turn the machine on (press the power button). It will immediately start the cleaning cycle.
  • It will take about TODO hours to finish.
  • Clean cutlery belongs in the drawer beneath the sink. Dishes belong in the cabinet above the sink.

Desks and Other Surfaces

This includes desks, the kitchen table, the sink, etc. Clean up leftover foods, packaging etc and then wipe the surface clean. Start with a damp sponge to remove food stains. Apply surface cleaner (we usually have sprays), wipe the surface with a moist towel, then with a dry paper towel.


Lots of stuff to maintain in the Kitchen. To give you some pointers:

  • Clean up leftover foods, packaging etc off surfaces and wipe the surface clean.
  • Clean up any stray dishes and cutlery.
  • Reorganise assorted foods into a more sensible arrangement.
  • Clean the coffee machine.
  • Clean the microwave.


  • Clean the fridges. Throw away any expired food.
  • Throw away any food that is moist or seeping out of its packaging.
  • Dispose unmarked or food not labeled with an owner.


Collect all dirty tea-towels and other cloth. Clean them.

Unfortunately we don't have a laundering facility. It would be much appreciated though if you could use yours at home.


For hard floors check the description on the Mop page.

Our carpets need to be vacuumed regularly. We have two vacuum cleaners in the Hackspace; unfortunately they tend to move around, but they're quite big and should be easy to find.

First start by cleaning up any waste in the area, and move everything out of the way (chairs, desks, people.) Then start vacuuming.

Don't vacuum wood shavings, metal shavings, longer cable cut-offs, and other rigid materials.

If the vacuum doesn't appear to be strong enough check the following:

  • Is its container full? Take it out and bring it directly to the skip.
  • Is the vacuum pipe clogged? Take it off and carefully thrust a broomstick through (please do this outside, either in the front gallery or best in the parking space near the skip.)


(That's toilets for all you non-brits.)

  • Wipe down the top of all pipes and window sills.
  • Make sure there are two rolls of toilet paper on the window sill, and a reasonable amount of soap.
  • Switch the towel for a new one (old ones go in the laundry bin).
  • Clean the floor (especially behind the toilet).

Re-stock Supplies

Kitchen and Cleaning Utensils

Supplies are currently stored under the kitchen sink, and above the black fridge. If we run out of anything (e.g. kitchen gloves go quite quickly) it would be appreciated if you bought more. The Hackspace can reimburse you if needed.

  • Toilet roll
  • Kitchen roll
  • Hand soap
  • Washing up liquid
  • Dishwasher tablets/powder
  • Waste bags
  • Sponges
  • ...

There's an off licence on Kingsland Road, and a Tesco around the corner on Hackney Road.


We stock a few basic electronic components, which means we regularly need to assess the state of our stock.

Go through the various electronics shelves and update the Components page with things we need to acquire. Make sure to include links so Russ can order them without having to look them up first.

Paper Cuts

100 Paper Cuts is a new project to collect a list of the "many small and little things that need doing, that we could all do, which would go a long way to help make the space a nicer place."

Check out their list for more ideas of how you can support the London Hackspace, and add your own suggestions.

Infrastructure Work

At any time there are a few infrastructure projects in progress that strive to make improvement to the Hackspace. Have a look at the Infrastructure page to see a list of ongoing projects. If you find anything that interests you or where you can offer help get in touch with the people involved and ask them how you can participate.