Sunday, January 25, 2015
Heavy snow couldn't keep our cadre of hardy Fixit Coaches from showing up to help with yesterday's Fixit Clinic. We were back again at MIT at a new location: the MIT D-Lab along Mass. Av. http://d-lab.mit.edu/. It's a great space with lots of tools and tables, and we got a ton of fixing accomplished.
More photos from the event are at this album on Google+: https://plus.google.com/photos/111525193946026734520/albums/6108372256458622113?authkey=CLjVtJi7jsqTTg
Saturday, January 10, 2015
More photos from this Fixit Clinic are here: https://plus.google.com/photos/111525193946026734520/albums/6102798585281335905?authkey=CJjWhfujipDcywE
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Once again, a swingin' time was had by all at this afternoon's Holiday Fixit Clinic at the Albany California Community Center. I didn't get photos of everything we saw but we were busy the whole time. And how often do you get to see Dean Martin with his pants down?
More photos from today's Fixit Clinic are here: https://plus.google.com/photos/111525193946026734520/albums/6092550983857056961?authkey=CNza9eOv_PDFHQ
It's been about a year since we've seen one of these mechanical celebrity dolls, the last one was at Fixit Clinic L (#50) in Santa Cruz when it was Ray Charles:
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Every Fixit Clinic is kind of like an Improv performance: you never know what the participants are going to show up with. Yesterday Fixit Clinic XCIII (#93) at Hercules Public Library was the day of the vacuum cleaners: we saw three or four of them.
|Once again, something stuck in the hose, suction is restored!|
|Terminator Teddy Ruxpin|
Friday, December 5, 2014
At Fixit Clinic we believe that people's stories -- what the item meant to them when it was working, how it broke, and how they fixed it -- are the best part of holding these events. We've just discovered this page on iFixit.com's site where they've chronicled lots of people's stories about their repairs; read 'em here: https://www.ifixit.com/story
We've got a couple of our own so far (see the Hello Kitty toaster and Vacuum Cleaner posts). Over time, we hope to amass our own collection of stories about what we've seen.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Just rediscovered this old gem on the East Bay Mini Maker Faire blog about a vacuum cleaner repair: https://ebmakerfaire.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/springs-spools-and-power-cords-getting-real-at-the-fixit-clinic/
|Fixit Coaches Chris Witt and Richard Jesch helping to rewind the power cord/spring on that vacuum.|
One of our favorite locations: we return to the Albany Community Center on Sat. Dec. 13 for the second of two holiday-themed Fixit Clinics: hope to see you there!
Holiday Fixit Clinic at Albany Community Center
Fix your broken stuff -- Or at least learn more about it disassembling it.
Fixing as Giving: In the spirit of the holidays, The Fixit Clinic Elves will be on hand to spread holiday cheer helping you fix that special item for a loved one (that includes you!)
So bring your broken, non-functioning things -- electronics, appliances, computers, toys, etc.-- for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair.
We'll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you'll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited!
WHAT: Fixit Clinic XCIV (#94) at Albany Community Center http://goo.gl/y2fUS4
WHEN: Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 12PM-3PM
WHERE: Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA, EOC Room (in the basement)
HOW: Bring: 1) your broken or non-working thing (carry-in only: no
2) accessories and tools you already own that might be helpful (e.g.
phillips head screwdriver)
3) any knowledge or advance research you've done on the issue
4) boxes, bags and/or small containers to organize (and carry away)
Walk-ins always welcome but please register in advance: http://goo.gl/qTzh9J
WHY: To make friends, learn how things work, and have fun!
WANNA HELP OTHERS at Fixit Clinic? Email firstname.lastname@example.org