Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fixit Clinic XCIV (#94) at Albany Community Center

Once again, a swingin' time was had by all at this afternoon's Holiday Fixit Clinic at the Albany California Community Center. I didn't get photos of everything we saw but we were busy the whole time. And how often do you get to see Dean Martin with his pants down?

More photos from today's Fixit Clinic are here:

It's been about a year since we've seen one of these mechanical celebrity dolls, the last one was at Fixit Clinic L (#50) in Santa Cruz when it was Ray Charles:
Back then, as now, the issue was frayed wires resulting from the mechanical gyrations of the doll. It's quite a job getting these guys disassembled to figure that out!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fixit Clinic XCIII (#93) at Hercules Public Library

Every Fixit Clinic is kind of like an Improv performance: you never know what the participants are going to show up with. Yesterday Fixit Clinic XCIII (#93) at Hercules Public Library was the day of the vacuum cleaners: we saw three or four of them.
Once again, something stuck in the hose, suction is restored!
There was also a Teddy Ruxpin doll that ended up looking like something out of a Terminator movie when the owner was done disassembling it.
Terminator Teddy Ruxpin
See all the photos from this Fixit Clinic here:

Friday, December 5, 2014

Repair Stories on

At Fixit Clinic we believe that people's stories -- what the item meant to them when it was working, how it broke, and how they fixed it -- are the best part of holding these events. We've just discovered this page on's site where they've chronicled lots of people's stories about their repairs; read 'em here:

We've got a couple of our own so far (see the Hello Kitty toaster and Vacuum Cleaner posts). Over time, we hope to amass our own collection of stories about what we've seen.