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Knowing when the space is open

The space status is tracked via SpaceAPI and updated on numerous sources. You can find out if the space is open a number of ways. You can either:

  1. Look in the members area of the website (hackhub - you can also update the status here)
  2. Visit the 57north twitter feed
  3. Visit the 57north feed aggravator; or
  4. Install the MyHackerspace mobile App.

Note: when visiting on a mobile device, a 'status' menu link to the feed aggravator replaces the on-screen notice

How to open the space

The main entrance

The main street entrance is located on Skene Terrace, just next to the The Assembly. Members are able to open the street door via accessing an internet webpage via their mobile telephone. A door bell is provided for everyone else. The door bell is only available when the space has already been opened.

Opening the Space steet door

To open the space street door, login on to hackhub at with your assigned hackhub username and password. This should have been assigned to you when you first registered with the hacklab.

Once logged in, you will be able to use the 'Unlock Door' link from the top nav links. Once commanded, the door with click and can be pulled open.

Please note: you can only use the unlock door feature of hackhub if you are up-to-date with your membership fee.

Switching the main room lights

The space is equipped with ceiling lights that can be switched using the standard arrangement of wall switches.

Setting the space status

Once in the space, members are encouraged to let others know the space is open. This can be done automatically by switching the status knob on the workshop bench from '0' to '1'. Alternatively, you can manually set the space status using the 'Space Status' found on hackhub. Set the status using the dropdown and add a short description of the reason for opening the space. The status and message will be shared to spaceAPI and displayed on our Twitter feed Please use appropriate language for your description.

How to close the Space

Powering down

Power strips

Certain power strips should be switched off when leaving the space.

In the workshop:

  1. In the workshop, below the window and opposite the window

In the Social room:

  1. TBA


  1. In addition to strips, wall socket to the left of the safe should be switched off' on both plugs.
  2. The socket below the wall clock (powering doorbot) and the red socket powering the rack should be left switched on

Rack devices

  • The MPD RasPi should be paused. Visit the pimpd page to learn how to do this.

Setting the space status to closed

Members are expected to set the closed status if they are the last to leave. Follow the status change procedure above, either by setting the status knob to '0' or setting the Hackhub status to closed with any additional commentary.

When using the status knob, the HASS server it talks to will also kill any MQTT-controlled lighting and pause any music playing via PiMPD.

Closing the Space street door

The space street door operates as a typical fire-exit with an electronic release catch on the door frame, which allows the door to normally open and close mechanically via a physcial bar from the inside. Pushing the steet door closed will operate an the door catch which will lock as it closes. Always check to make sure the door has closed and locked correctly before leaving.

Space facilities


The Space has a number of tools for use by members. These can mostly be found in the various draws, desks and sills within the space. These include:

  • Small screwdrivers
  • Pliers (needle and standard)
  • Cable cutters
  • Cable strippers
  • Safety glasses
  • Soldering Irons
  • Power drill and machine bits
  • Power Jigsaw
  • Dremel tool, bits and drop pillar frame
  • Various Bench clamps
  • Cutting boards
  • Cutting knifes (craft and retractable)
  • Wood saws
  • Jigsaw
  • PC hardware, mostly installed with Linux operating system(s)
  • Arduino and Arduino-clone test dev boards
  • PCB board
  • Oscilloscopes (analogue, digital, pico)
  • Power supplies (digital current-limiting and selection of adaptors)

Consumable hardware

Used along side tools, the following consumable are available for space members. PLEASE NOTE stock is presently maintained by kind donations from members. Please avoid wasting items and do not take large numbers away from the space. Use them respectably.

Electronic components

Mostly stored in boxes in the workshop:

  • A selection of resistors from 10R to 1M, ranging over common values (and a few odd-balls)
  • A selection of electrolytic capacitors from 1uf to 2200uf, ranging over common values.
  • Assorted grab-bags of the above components
  • LEDs of varying colours and wattages
  • A grab-bag of diodes
  • Jumper leads (M-M, M-F & F-F)
  • PP3 9V battery clips
  • Various lamp and fuse housings
  • Polymorphic thermoplastic (inc tee-lights for small part prototyping)
  • Assorted bags of Bolts, screws, nails and hooks
  • Assorted sizes of cable ties.


Mostly stored in the wood store under the stairs:

  • Copper board for etching (dual and single sided)
  • A wood pile and sand paper
  • Steel metal rods (threaded and non-threaded) of varied thickness

The upper-floor kitchen area

The space has access a small number kitchen items currently stored on the upper floor:

  • A kettle
  • Cooler box (see below)
  • Microwave (see below)
  • Cups and mugs
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Clothes and sponges

Note: Please ensure the area is kept tidy as we share this with others.


Your standard place for contemplation and evacuation. Extras include:

  • Mop and Bucket
  • Broom
  • Bin

Cooler box/Microwave

Our microwave heats food by bombarding it with electromagnetic radiation in the microwave spectrum causing polarized molecules in the food to rotate and build up thermal energy. This is perfect for heating Chicago Town Microwave Deep Dish Pizza, and other things (we suppose.)

The space also houses a fridge, however it is usually not turned on to save power. Therefore it is more of a passive cooler box than an actual fridge. It holds approximately 15 cans of larger.

Tea and Coffee

The space maintains a filter coffee machine for use with donated filters and selection of ground coffee. The kitchen kettle also available for use with a selection of tea stored in the space.


Mugs should ideally be stowed individually within members boxes. Metal cutlery and disposable plastic utensils may be available from the kitchen area.

Bringing your stuff into to the space

Your personal storage space (Boxes)

As a reward for their memberships, members are permitted storage of a box to contain their projects and materials. These boxes should be labelled with your nick and contact details.

Storing/using things in the communal area

We ask space members and visitors to be tidy whilst they use the space. Any items left of the tables should have a good reason for being there and be wrapped or made as compact as possible. E.g. Items such soldering stations, in-use cables and active networking kit should be stowed at the wall edge of the outer tables and not left on the centre table, where possible.

'Do not hack' stickers

Items that are not intended to be opened up and/or hacked must have 'Do not hack' stickers added to them in an obvious place. These are usually found hanging near the far window sill. You should also add your name on the relevant area of the sticker to identify the item's owner.

Where communal things are stored

Please review the storage page for details on storge of items outside the context of member boxes.

Tools and instruments should be stored in the rear of the workshop area whilst smaller components should be placed into the component drawers at the workshop entrance. Large items can be stored in the rear shelving at the back of the workshop but should be justified.

Doing project work

We have a selection of stations that are suited to difference types of project work.

The main social room table is good for coding and light breadboard electronics. it is equipped with a centrally-placed power strip.

The workshop area is suited to soldering, wood and metal working. Around it are power strips, heating tools, communal materials, drills, saws and a vacuum cleaner. There are a number of soldering irons, close proximity to the precision tools and a selection of soldering consumables.

The sitting desks around the outside of the social room have spare hardware such as screens and power suitable to teardown work, large projects under-construction and general spill-over from the main social room table.

House keeping

Members and visitors should routinely collect and dispose any obvious rubbish from their workspace and consider taking the bin out upon exit. Members or visitors are invited to sweep the floor or wash-up whilst waiting for projects to compile, execute, cool, signal or set. :)

Behaviour when in the space (Code of conduct)

Expected Behaviour

Members and visitors are expected to follow the code of conduct in the space:

  1. Do not be on fire
  2. Doing beats talking
  3. Don't be a contemptible individual
  4. If you don't know: ask
  5. No dumping
  6. No sleeping

Members should also have read and understood our statement_on_equality_and_diversity.

Unexpected Behaviour

A member spontaneously turning into a bowl of petunias will be considered unexpected behaviour, at an improbability factor of 8,767,128 to 1 against.

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