Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fixit Clinic IC (#99) MIT

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. 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+:

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fixit Clinic XCVI (#96) Piedmont Middle School

Who says there's no family-friendly evening activities anymore? Fixit Coach extraordinaire Steve Berl arranged for Fixit Clinic to participate in the Piedmont Makers' Tech Social last night at Piedmont Middle School. It was great seeing so many families come out together to celebrate disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair.

More photos from this Fixit Clinic are here:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fixit Clinic XCIV (#94) at Albany Community Center

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:

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:
Back then, as now, the issue was frayed wires resulting from the mechanical gyrations of the doll. It's quite a job getting these guys disassembled to figure that out!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fixit Clinic XCIII (#93) at Hercules Public Library

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!
There was also a Teddy Ruxpin doll that ended up looking like something out of a Terminator movie when the owner was done disassembling it.
Terminator Teddy Ruxpin
See all the photos from this Fixit Clinic here:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Repair Stories on

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's site where they've chronicled lots of people's stories about their repairs; read 'em here:

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

Vacuum Cleaner Repair Testimonial

Just rediscovered this old gem on the East Bay Mini Maker Faire blog about a vacuum cleaner repair:
Fixit Coaches Chris Witt and Richard Jesch helping to rewind the power cord/spring on that vacuum.

Holiday Fixit Clinic 2/2: Albany Community Center

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
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
oversize items)
     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:
COST:   Free!
WHY:     To make friends, learn how things work, and have fun!

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