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!