Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fixit Clinic CXXXIX (139) Oakland Public Library

One of our favorite venues, the Temescal Branch of the Oakland Public Library is also the Oakland Tool Lending Library.

It was a productive afternoon of fixing with all sorts of household items seen and fixed.

We're working on a long-term project to hold Fixit Clinics at numerous branches of the Oakland Public Library, with Oakland-based Fixit Coaches serving as the core organizers. Several Branch Managers from different branches attended to observe the festivities.

More photos from Fixit Clinic CXXXIX (139) Oakland Public Library can be seen here:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Fixit Clinic CXXXVIII (138) Albany Clothing Swap

Really more of a "Mini Fixit Clinic", we're doing outreach to local clothing swaps to recruit sewing coaches so we can offer textile and fabric repair at upcoming Fixit Clinics.

Sarah helped this woman repair the strap on her bag.

She got this boombox and a VCR fixed.
We had a great time just hanging out and catching up.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Wildly Successful Launch of San Diego Fixit Clinics

The San Diego Public Library held the inaugural Fixit Clinic in San Diego yesterday. The photos and press coverage show that it was a phenomenal success.

Thanks to everyone who made this such a big success!

The library's photos are on facebook:

Debbie Killey's photos are on Picasa:

Here's the San Diego Tribune's coverage:

Heartfelt thanks to Laura Anthony and her team for all of their hard work.
Laura plans on holding monthly Fixit Clinics on the second Saturday of each month.

We're really excited!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Coming in 2016: Monthly San Diego Fixit Clinics

A few days before Christmas we received an email from Laura Anthony saying that they had scheduled a full year's worth of monthly Fixit Clinics at the New San Diego Central Library. Here's the press release from the city:

We're very excited about Fixit Clinics starting up in San Diego and we're doing all we can to support them. The inaugural San Diego Fixit Clinic is January 9, 2016 and is listed here:

Tell your San Diego-area friends!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Fixit Clinic CXXXII (132) - San Francisco

Saturday Steve, Andrea, and I carpooled over to San Francisco to staff Fixit Clinic CXXXII (132) at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center. We held a Fixit Clinic here in April 2013 so we were familiar with the location; this time we were joined by the Bay Area Bike Mobile crew who set up their tools and bike stands and provided much appreciated bicycle repairs.

Among the things we saw beyond bicycles were a Vornado space heater, a Canon printer, a humidifier, a couple of boomboxes, etc. And we taught this person how to solder a new jack onto her headphones:

More photos from Fixit Clinic CXXXII (132) can be seen here:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fixit Clinic CXXVIII (128) Huntington Beach

Another whirlwind Fixit Clinic in Huntington Beach, with a great set of Fixit Coaches and participants. Among the highlights:
This very ornate Disney clock: given that Anaheim / Disneyland is nearby maybe it shouldn't have been a surprise but it was nice to see it.
This plug had extremely old and brittle wiring. A representative from the local Ace Hardware was on hand, we relied on his store for new zip cord for the rewiring job.
Basic antenna theory: a piece of wire a similar length to the broken antenna works just as well (we could've replaced the antenna too.)

More photos from Fixit Clinic CXXVIII in Huntington Beach at

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fixit Clinic CXXV (125) Fremont Public Library

Fixit Clinic CXXV (125) at the Fremont Public Library was a big success: we saw lots of interesting stuff and helped a bunch of people. We fixed several CD/DVD players including this elderly couple's CD boombox:

More photos from this Fixit Clinic can be found on Google+ here: