Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fixit Clinic at Swap-O-Rama-Rama


We've been wanting to weave more fabric and clothing troubleshooting and repair into Fixit Clinic.
Fixit Coach Cecelia "CC" Clark kindly organized for us to participate in this month's Swap-O-Rama-Rama where Chris, Peter and Roy got a schooling from her and the other SORR volunteers on maintenance and repair of sewing machines and sergers. Photos from the event are on our Google+ page here: https://plus.google.com/photos/111525193946026734520/albums/6038174833804472209

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Another Fixit Success Story

My wife just got this from a friend of her's:

Please pass on a big “THANKS!” to Steve for inspiring me to fix my microwave.   
I may have mentioned this to you, but I broke the latch on the microwave oven door.  Of course, first thought for me is to call someone to fix it.  Repair guy came out on a Saturday and said he’d have to check and see if I’d need a whole new door or just the latch piece. He said he’d call back on Monday. 
In the mean time, I looked up the part info online and found the latch for about $15.  The repair guy didn’t call back on Monday, so I ordered the part.  He finally did call back on Tuesday and told me that the latch part was back-ordered and wouldn’t be in until October!! But, if I wanted to get a whole new door, he could have one by the first part of August.  I told him no thanks, and the part that I ordered on Monday arrived on Friday.
I successfully took apart the door and replaced the latch.  I don’t think I would have thought about doing it myself if I hadn’t been inspired by Steve.
Also, my husband came home from a business trip on Sunday, and we wanted to BBQ for dinner. We had to replace propane tank on our BBQ because it had run out of gas. He couldn’t get it to work (he has replaced the tanks many times in the past), but he didn’t want to mess with it so we cooked on the stove.  Next day I fixed that also!
I’m becoming Mrs. Fixit!

Monday, June 23, 2014

2014-06-21 Fixit Clinic LXXXIV (#84), St. Alban's Church
















Photos from Fixit Clinic LXXXIV (#84) at St. Alban's Church in Albany are on Google+ here: https://plus.google.com/photos/111525193946026734520/albums/6028135544127189425
and on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.715320475180583.1073741849.143672372345399&type=1
We all had a great time!
Our next scheduled Fixit Clinic is July 26, 2014 at the Shoreway Recycling Center in San Carlos. If you're interested in helping others at this event by being a Fixit Coach please email fixitclinic@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Call for Fixit Coaches: July 26 in San Carlos



We’re holding a Fixit Clinic Saturday, July 26 at Recology's Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos. We’d love to have interested people help others with troubleshooting their broken stuff: email fixitclinic@gmail.com if you can help. Either way: please bring your family and friends with their broken things to the actual event!

See the text-based announcement below, feel free to forward it on to anyone you think might be interested in attending: as either a “Fixit Coach” or a participant. Register on Eventbrite as a participant (not a Fixit Coach) here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rethinkwastes-1st-fixit-clinic-tickets-11934858483

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Fixit Clinic LXXXV (#85) - Shoreway Environmental Center

Fix your broken stuff -- Or at least learn more about it disassembling it.

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 LXXXV (#85) at Shoreway Environmental Center
WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 11AM-2PM
WHERE: Recology Shoreway Environmental Center, Building 6, 225 Shoreway Rd, San Carlos, CA 94070 http://rethinkwaste.org/shoreway-facility/map
HOW: Bring: 1) your non-working thing (carry-in only, no oversize items)
2) any tools you already own that might be helpful
3) any knowledge or advance research you've done on the issue 
4) boxes, bags and/or small containers to carry away parts
WHY: To make friends, learn how things work, and have fun!

Sponsored by South Bayside Waste Management Authority (www.rethinkwaste.org) and RecycleWorks (www.RecycleWorks.org)

Facebook: "Like" Fixit Clinic: https://www.facebook.com/FixitClinic
Join the Fixit Clinic Mailing List: http://groups.google.com/group/fixitfan
Google+: Add Fixit Clinic to your circles and join the Fixit Clinic Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/111525193946026734520/



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FIXIT COACHES WANTED: want to help at this event? Email fixitclinic@gmail.com

Fixit Clinic LXXXIV (#84) Jun 21 at St. Alban's Church, Albany, CA


Fixit Clinic LXXXIV (#84) - St. Alban's Church

Fix your broken stuff -- Or at least learn more about it disassembling it.

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 LXXXIV (#84) at St. Alban's Church, Albany, CA
WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 1PM-4PM 
WHERE: St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany CA 94706 http://www.st-albans-albany.org/
HOW: Bring: 1) your non-working thing (carry-in only, no oversize items)
2) any tools you already own that might be helpful
3) any knowledge or advance research you've done on the issue 
4) boxes, bags and/or small containers to carry away parts
WHY: To make friends, learn how things work, and have fun!
URL: http://www.st-albans-albany.org/

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Facebook: "Like" Fixit Clinic:https://www.facebook.com/FixitClinic
Join the Fixit Clinic Mailing List: http://groups.google.com/group/fixitfan
Join the Fixit Clinic Community: https://plus.google.com/b/111525193946026734520/communities/115532798716830349634
Google+: Add Fixit Clinic to your circles: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/111525193946026734520/

Wanna be a Fixit Coach at this event? Email peter@fixitclinic.org

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Photo Chronicle of Fixit Clinic LXXXI (#81) at EcoCycle in Boulder, CO on Saturday, May 10 2014








































Wanna be a Fixit Clinic Coach?



We're recruiting Fixit Clinic Coaches: come join the fun! As a Fixit Coach, all you really have to do is give participants permission that it's OK to open up their thing that's already broken. We encourage you to learn from other coaches and share what you know with both other coaches and clinic participants. We've got upcoming events in:

- San Mateo County (CA)
- Eastern Alameda County (CA)
- Southern Alameda County (CA)
- San Francisco County (Richmond District)
- San Anselmo, CA
- Somerville, MA
- Cambridge, MA (MIT)
- Boulder, CO
- Andover, MN
- And, of course, the Oakland-Berkeley-Albany-El Cerrito SF East Bay corridor

If you want to be a Fixit Coach at an upcoming event in any of these areas email peter@fixitclinic.org.

And, of course if you aren't in any of the areas above and want to start a Fixit Clinic, email peter@fixitclinic.org about that too!

Thanks!