Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fresh Milkshakes at 2018-07-14 Fixit Clinic CCXCVII (297) San Leandro Library

The story's heartwarming: Jo's father was part-way through refurbishing this vintage three spindle Hamilton Beach commercial milkshake mixer when he passed away. Jo was determined to complete the repair for him and attended last month's Castro Valley Library Fixit Clinic to get help.





At yesterday's San Leandro Library Fixit Clinic Jo finished up with the mixer and made milkshakes for all the Fixit Coaches -- yum!



It's stories and fixes like this that make Fixit Clinic so satisfying. And while we don't get fresh milkshakes at every Fixit Clinic, Jo's repair made these taste even more special.

More photos from Fixit Clinic CCXCVII (297) San Leandro Library can be seen on Google+ at https://photos.app.goo.gl/EfoibpBeyQvMVFdZ6

(and photos from Fixit Clinic 293 Castro Valley Library 2018-06-23 can be seen here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/J2qukNnbjcJE7TnC7)

Friday, June 22, 2018

Fixit Clinic as Real-World Experience for Designers and Engineers

In addition to many other fine institutions of higher education we've held Fixit Clinics at 3 of the top 6 universities of the world: Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley. We continue to inform designers and engineers in training how to design and engineer for serviceability, durability, maintainability, repairability from the get-go for the approaching closed-loop economy. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/reputation-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CalRecycle Report: “Future of Electronic Waste Management in California”

A new report from CalRecycle entitled “Future of Electronic Waste Management in California” recommends incentivizing greater repair and reuse of electronic devices. It’s the first time we're aware of that California (or any state) has recognized and legitimized repair (and reuse) as alternative strategies to recycling.

- Direct link to download the .pdf of the report: “Future of Electronic Waste Management in California”: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Actions/Document.ashx/?id=8934
(Fixit Clinic is mentioned by name on pages 11 and 27 of the report.)

- CalRecycle press release for the report: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/NewsRoom/2018/05May/14.htm

- Analysis / Opinion by Kyle Wiens on iFixit.org: https://ifixit.org/blog/10099/calrecycle-electronics-recycling-report/

This is a big step in the right direction, we're excited.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Fixit Clinic 261 Berkeley Public Library

Our first Fixit Clinic held at a Berkeley Public Library: we had a great lineup of Fixit Coaches and Participants. Among the highlights:

There were at least five food processors:



We had knife sharpening:


People were really getting into their repairs:




More photos from Fixit Clinic 261 Berkeley Public Library can be seen here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/zCeVha30CLmneNUu1

All in all, a great kick-off event to Fixit Clinics at the Berkeley Public Library, we'll be at the North Branch in a few weeks.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Fixit Clinic CCLX (260) San Bruno Public Library

The wonderful people of San Mateo County came out in droves for today's Fixit Clinic at the San Bruno Public Library. Among the highlights:

CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drives (optical drives) continue to be easy fixes:


This microwave just needed a new 20A fuse:



Another two-toaster day, both fixed!



More photos from Fixit Clinic CCLX (260) San Bruno Public Library are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9ANknXc1bI6NWVz92

Everyone had a great time: looking forward to the next one!



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