Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

At Mechanical Elements, we respect your privacy.  We request information in 3 areas of the site in order to provide specific services:
1) To send questions or comments from the Contact Us Page, so we can respond.
2) To make an Account to purchase and download plans.
3) To submit A Story or comment to share with the DIY community.

This policy is about privacy on the site, about information requests, and how you agree to use the plans.
For more information about policies and site interaction, please also read the Merchant Policy.

Information Privacy:

Mechanical Elements (via Synthesis Engineering Services) does not share, sell or otherwise distribute customer information to any other company or organization for any reason.  We respect your privacy.

Privacy through PayPalWe use to process all credit cards from this site, therefore we do not see, or touch, or know the Credit Card information.  Please see the website for their policies about privacy and credit cards.  PayPal is much more secure than we could be, and they do not share information with third parties.

Required Information:

To purchase plans, contact information (name, address, e-mail and zip code) is for verification, credit card transactions, and to send orders.  A telephone number gives an option in case there is a problem.  As stated, we do not share this information, ever.

Please be careful entering information.  If something is incorrect, an e-mail address for instance, you will not receive the receipt, nor responses to questions, etc..  We are not responsible for incorrect information.

Credit Cards:

All credit cards are processed through  Please note that either PayPal or Synthesis will appear on the credit card billing statement.  Mechanical Elements is a feature of Synthesis.

For security, we do not handle, receive or process credit card information — all transactions are through the website.  We use the services of PayPal because their security is far better, and because we don’t want to know your Credit Card info, we cannot and do not process Credit Cards over the phone.  Perhaps more important, we do not have access to any Credit Card info before, during or after a sale — we’ve built it that way for your privacy and security.


Identifying information gives us the ability to provide the requested services.  Additionally, contact information is to notify individuals of changes or additions to services and for very occasional news announcements.

You may request removal from email lists by deleting your account, by making the request using the Contact Us page, or through a link at the bottom of a newsletter.

Content Disclaimer:

Articles and other information posted on this website is for informational purposes only.  Also, opinions of the author are always present.  Please enjoy the information, then use it with a filter of personal judgement for the specifics of your particular situation.

Use Agreement:

Plans purchased through are for individual use only.  Any use of these plans for resale or for producing products for sale is strictly prohibited.  Licensing for production and/or resale is available on request.  Thank you for honoring these terms.