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PROJECT TOOLBOX The focus of this document is materials and design. However, most designs and the materials used to implement them are useless without an appropriate set of tools. The following two pages provide a brief summary of 8 common tools used for a variety of project types included in this guide. Note, this collection is by no means exhaustive, as project tools will vary greatly by project type. However, those highlighted here are especially appropriate for community-led demonstration projects.

CHALK LINE

What it does: Helps you create straight guide lines for any / all project striping / markings. What it costs: $6 - $20 (powdered chalk usually sold separately, ~$8 ). Where to get one: Use your own, borrow, or purchase from a local hardware store. How to use it: Fill chalk line with powdered chalk. Shake. Pull string out to desired distance. Pull gently until taught. Lift string off the ground and release on desired surface. Pro tips: • Be cautious pulling the line out for the first time, line may snap if you are not gentle. • Requires at least two people, three if snapping distances more than ~ 20 ft. • Wear work gloves to avoid chalkstained hands! 24 · MATERIALS PALETTE

UTILITY KNIFE

What it does: Great for making pavement marking stencils, opening material packages, snipping zip ties, or cutting construction grade traffic tape. What it costs: $5 - $30 (extra blades sold separately, cost varies). Where to get one: Use your own, borrow, or purchase from a local hardware store. How to use it: Make sure blade is secured tightly, then extend blade and press firmly to cut desired item. Pro tips: • Place another layer of cardboard or plywood below cardboard stencil template to avoid dulling your blade. • Draw the knife away from you when using to open packages, snip zip ties etc. • Align blade against a straight edge to get clean stencil lines. • Replace the blade often for best results.

PAINT ROLLER

What it does: Efficiently applies paint to asphalt, concrete or other surfaces. What it costs: $7 - $25 (roller covers and tray sold separately). Where to get one: Use your own, borrow, or purchase from a local hardware store. How to use it: Fill tray with paint, dip roller brush into tray and roll until paint is evenly distributed on roller brush. Apply paint evenly to surface. Pro tips: • Use extendable rollers for street surface projects so that you may apply while standing (rather than a hand roller). • Use duct tape or clean-cut cardboard or contractor stencils to guide the application of pavement markings. • For best results develop a consistent stroke / application method so the paint appears to be evenly distributed.

SHOVEL

What it does: Supports most types of landscaping projects. What it costs: $10 - $40 Where to get one: Use your own, borrow, or purchase from a local hardware store. How to use it: Use shovel to pick up / distibute soil to desired location. Pro tips: • Where work gloves to avoid blisters. • Find a lighter but durable shovel for extensive landscaping projects.

Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Materials and Design v.1.0  

The only materials and design guidance for Tactical Urbanist demonstration, pilot, and interim design projects. Funded by the James L. Knigh...

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