Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fixit Clinic LXXXVIII (#88) at East Bay Mini Maker Faire

We always have a good time at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire, we've been at all five of them thus far. A few of us typically set up the Saturday before the all-day Sunday event. This year I tried creating a Google+ Hangout on Air but the bandwidth at the school wouldn't support it.
Many thanks to all the Fixit Coaches who made this another memorable day!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fixit Clinic LXXXVII (#87) Cambridge, MA 2014-09-27

Photos from our our fourth Cambridge, MA repair event and our 87th Fixit Clinic overall are on our Google+ page here:

As always, it was a hectic but satisfying day of fixing!

We also tried an experiment of creating a Google+ Hangout on Air so that remote Fixit Coaches (and Fixit Voyeurs) could telepresence into the event, but the results for that were less satisfying:

1) Without a dedicated person manning the camera/laptop the event was otherwise so busy that remote participants are essentially parked in the corner. My hope was that we could actively engage them in the event.

2) The audio quality is poor, partially because the room is so echo-y.

3) At this point, remote participants only get an overview of the event, it'd be great to be able to actively engage them in ongoing repair, keep a running commentary of what transpires.

4) Power to my laptop failed during the hangout, resulting in two separate videos (I couldn't figure out how to connect to the existing stream.)

If you want to look at the videos, they're on our Fixit Clinic youtube page here:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fixit Clinic at City of Cambridge, MA Inaugural Repair Event

We've held several Fixit Clinics in Cambridge, Massachusetts at MIT in the past. The first repair event being sponsored by the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works is this Saturday, September 27, and we're planning to be there to help out. See details here:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Big Day of Fixing at Recology in San Carlos

A great bunch of Fixit Coaches convened at Recology at the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos today for Fixit Clinic LXXXV (#85.)
It was one of our top five busiest days, the event had been promoted heavily throughout San Mateo County and the turnout was large. The Fixit Coaches were up to the task, fixing a wide variety of things. Afterwards, Facility Operations Manager Hilary Gans gave us a private tour of their highly automated waste handing facility: that was fascinating. Many thanks to Recology, TechShop, and, of course, RethinkWaste for sponsoring our inaugural SF Peninsula Fixit Clinic!
See photos on our Google+ page here:

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:

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:
and on Facebook here:
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