Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fixit Clinic 258 Harvard University

A rare Tuesday afternoon Fixit Clinic at the Cabot Science Library in Harvard's Science Center.
Among the highlights:

We saw a ton of zipper issues on winter coats - all fixed!






Headphones, toothbrushes, and lamps -- all fixed!





This Thomas the Train humidifier was worked on by young and old but ultimately deemed a lost cause.



More photos from Fixit Clinic 258 Harvard University can be seen at https://photos.app.goo.gl/V8gOyybBK9mFKch62

There's interest from many colleges and universities in incorporating Fixit Clinics into the design, engineering, environmental science and sustainability curriculums: we look forward to future collaborations with Harvard and others.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Fixit Clinic 253 Brighton MA

What better way to brighten a cloudy February Massachusetts day then to hold a Fixit Clinic. It was nice to have a great bunch of Fixit Coaches and participants at the Presentation School Foundation Community Center in Oak Square.

Joe Wooters brought his collection of strange tools:


Ray Pfau was extra helpful as always:


John repaired this expensive car's expensive remote:


Nothing a good nap won't fix:


More photos from Fixit Clinic 253 Brighton MA can be seen at https://photos.app.goo.gl/YYm8ZS6q930Wa4Ef2

All in all, a wonderful day. Looking forward to the next one!

Update: Rob Gogan reports:

What a terrific event we had last Saturday at the Presentation School Foundation Community Center in Brighton! We had about 30 visitors who brought in lamps, a bicycle, several garments, fans, clocks, a toaster, headphones, a stereo, a turntable, a sewing machine, a laptop, an umbrella, an iPod, some jewelry and at least 25 blunt knives. We fixed about 50% of the items but provided useful suggestions for about 25% more.

The amazing Ray Pfau, founder of the Bolton Repair Café, came in to coach and helped many visitors. Ray is hosting a Repair Café in Bolton on Saturday, June 2. Next Boston event is the Fixit Clinic at the Jamaica Plain Library, April 7, 2018. Rumor has it that there may be a Fixit Clinic at the Honan-Allston Library later in April. Read more details here: http://www.boltonlocal.org/initiatives/repair-cafe

Monday, January 29, 2018

Fixit Clinic CCL (250) Jamaica Plain Library

Another Great Fixit Clinic! Fixit Coach and Fixit Clinic Organizer Extraordinare Jonathan Krones writes:

'Thanks to everyone who helped out at the JP Fixit Clinic yesterday. It was by far our most successful event yet with over 50 community members (not counting family members and other non-fixing visitors) learning how to repair all sorts of things, including two identical counter-top mixers, toasters, radios, record players, jewelry, clothing, computers, a hand-held ultrasound machine, juicers, printers, a doll's bed, chairs, a wall clock, cameras, hair dryers, an electronic keyboard, bubble makers, handbags, a pile of car key remotes, DVD players, a knife sharpener, a bike wheel, a slide viewer, a reel-to-reel player, and as always, more lamps than I ever thought possible."





More photos from Fixit Clinic CCL (250) at the Jamaica Plain Library can be seen at https://photos.app.goo.gl/c75aJAFPl5lHWr6i2

The next Fixit Clinic for the Jamaica Plain Library is scheduled for Saturday, April 7. In the meantime, if you're fixin' for some fixing in Eastern Massachusetts: check out the upcoming Fixit Clinics in Brighton on Feb 10 and at Harvard on Feb 13.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Fixit Clinic CCXLIX (249) Fremont Library

Fremont Library Fixit Clinics are always super busy for us and this one was no exception. Among the items we saw:

This laptop had broken hinge attachment points. Absent replacement pieces: the only hope is to drill through the existing case and attach bolts or rivets.




He brought the replacement display but was uncomfortable unplugging the ribbon cable attaching the old display.

The fabric and textiles team was in full swing and repaired many items.



More photos from Fixit Clinic CCXLIX (249) Fremont Library can be seen at https://photos.app.goo.gl/OIRy4jLxatnhaFXL2

The Fixit Coaches were busy all day: come join us in the fun, sign up here: http://goo.gl/kwVNlv


Saturday, January 13, 2018

2018-01-13 Fixit Clinic 247 Dimond Branch, Oakland Public Library

Wow, what a great Fixit Clinic today at the Dimond Branch, Oakland Public Library. Among the highlights:

More photos from today's Fixit Clinic 247 are viewable here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1XnbX1HTwG5HtYrc2

Three fans, all fixed!




Her son sewed her backpack:



A melted space heater plug, she brought a replacement:



More photos from today's Fixit Clinic 247 are viewable at https://photos.app.goo.gl/1XnbX1HTwG5HtYrc2

A great way to spend a mid-winter's Saturday, looking forward to the next one!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fixit Clinic CCXLV (245) San Francisco-Noisebridge

Held in conjunction with Noisebridge's Circuit Hacking Mondays, this was a rare weekday evening Fixit Clinic. There were a surprising number of young people present. 


Among the treats at Noisebridge is a stereo microscope hooked up to a large display so everyone could watch the fine soldering work in action:




Fixit Coach Scotty Allen worked diligently with these young people and the stereo microscope to figure out a bad Bose iPod dock. (Scotty's famous for his iPhone hacks: see https://strangeparts.com/how-i-made-my-own-iphone-in-china/)


This air compressor gave us all sorts of problems and we blew out a voltage regulator trying to fix it.


This mixer had decades-old batter hardened in the slots for the beater blades -- fixed!


These ravenous, enterprising, and opportunistic diners used a heat gun to defrost their burritos.


More photos from Fixit Clinic CCXLV (245) can be seen here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Q1QbmsdME1bWSu5f1


Monday, December 4, 2017

Fixit Clinic CCXLIV 244 Burbank CA

A beautiful late fall Sunday in SoCal brings us to Burbank for their inaugural Fixit Clinic.


Among the items seen were:

This Peanut Butter Maker -- Fixed!


Gralab Darkroom Timer -- Fixed!


This Breville Toaster Oven needed a new thermal fuse, and they brought the part -- Fixed!



More photos from Fixit Clinic CCXLIV 244 Burbank CA can be seen at https://photos.app.goo.gl/jekEtUCcQq4qID9o2

A great day of fixing with great people: looking forward to the next one.