Fix-It Clinic - Free Event

You are invited to the very first Richmond District Fix - It Clinic!!!

A Fix-It Clinic is an event where people can bring in broken electronics, small appliances, toys, etc to receive guidance on how to disassemble, diagnose, and sometimes fix the problem. By empowering people to learn more about how to fix broken items and reduce ambivalence about trying to do so, we hope to reduce the amount of waste that ends up landfills.

Fix-it Clinics are part of an international movement, and this will be the first such event in San Francisco. It is a family-friendly event. Children are encouraged to attend.

Whether you fix your item or not, you will learn more about how your item was manufactured and how it worked.

Things to bring:

Your non-working thing (carry-in only)

Bonus if you can bring the following:

Any tools you already own that might be helpful

Any knowledge or advance research you have done on the issue

Boxes, bags and/or small containers to carry away parts.  Muffin tins are great for holding tiny bits and pieces while you work.

To learn more about what happens at a Fix-It clinic, check out this short video and article:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rInHSdGkz3w

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_22645853/bay-area-fix-it-clinics-repair-what-usually

www.fixitclinic.org

It would be great if you posted the broken item in your rsvp so we have an idea of what we will be attempting to fix that day. But you are also welcome just to show up at the event.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or if you would like to join the fun as a Fix - It Coach ammeze [at] mail.sfsu.edu

Thanks!!!!

Amy

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  • nate

    am interested in trying to organiize this into a regular monthly or semi-monthly event. i know a group in the outer richmond that is thinking of developing a similar clinic.
    has the next clinic been planned? is there an organizing group?
    mahalo nui

    April 17, 2013

    • Amy

      hi nate, this particular event was for a school project. I was thinking about organizing another event after I am done with the semester. I am happy to share my contacts if there is a group would like to have the clinic on a regular basis. Please email directly at [masked]

      April 17, 2013

  • Helen

    Euthuasiam and excitement were felt. Thank you for such a great organized event!

    April 7, 2013

  • Amy

    This event was so great that we are already talking about having another one in the future. Thank you to everyone that attended and helped to get the word out. We fixed a bicycle, a sewing machine, a watch, a cell phone, an espresso maker, and a vcr. Some things were close to being fixed, but just needed a part. Most importantly...everyone had fun!!! I hope to see you all again at the next fix-it clinic.

    April 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      So sorry I missed it. I hope you got my message. My Sky King & Rocket Toaster will have to await the neXt FixIt. Apologies.

      April 7, 2013

  • Eric M.

    Thanks to Amy, Peter, Linda and all the volunteers! I feel empowered now to fix more of my stuff that's broken around my home. Let's work together to continue and hopefully expand this wonderfully community-building project in the Richmond District!

    April 7, 2013

  • Eric M.

    Thank you FIXITCLINIC.org for coming to the Richmond and helping so many of us. I will make sure I am helpful in bringing more clinics to the Richmond! Michelle from the Richmond District Neighborhood Center was enthusiastic as well! And, she fixed her bike too!

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know the clinic starts at 11, but is there an end time? I'm running a little behind schedule...is that ok?

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing a Wii that automatically shuts off after running <5 minutes.

    April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing a Wii that automatically shuts off after running <5 minutes.

    April 7, 2013

  • Renee

    I'm really bummed that I will need to miss. Am traveling now for work this coming week and need to prepare.

    April 6, 2013

    • Amy

      Well if this goes as well as we hope there will another fix-it clinic. Save your lamp and we will see you next time.

      April 7, 2013

    • Renee

      I hope so. I have two lamps now and would love to learn how to do this myself.

      April 7, 2013

  • Patty M.

    need to repair a toaster

    March 10, 2013

    • Amy

      Toasters are popular items to bring to fix-it clinics

      April 5, 2013

  • Helen

    wireless keyboard. No matter if I changed the batteries, it just doesn't work. I'll get there at 1 pm.

    April 1, 2013

    • Amy

      We will see you at 1

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    DVD tray won't open

    April 1, 2013

    • Amy

      Sounds like a fun challenge.

      April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a paper shredder I'd like to fix for the Vice Principal at my sons' school and a clock radio that's not working.

    April 3, 2013

    • Amy

      We will see you on Sunday :)

      April 5, 2013

  • Ilse

    I have a hair dryer and an immersion/stick blender that have stopped working. I also have an iBook that needs the replacement screen to be properly connected. I'll wait for another clinic to bring the iBook, but will be bringing the dryer and blender. Thanks!

    April 4, 2013

    • Amy

      We look forward to seeing you.

      April 5, 2013

  • Ana

    One of My old PC has virus. The other one's monitor burned. Can someone fix it? Thx a lot.

    April 3, 2013

    • Amy

      I am not sure if we can fix it, but we can certainly try.

      April 5, 2013

  • Kim

    Darn wish I was in town for this. Hope there's another event in the future.

    April 5, 2013

    • Amy

      We will miss you Kim. It would be great if you could help spread the word to you friends that are in town.

      April 5, 2013

  • Amy

    We have a great team of fix-it coaches lined up to help us figure out how to fix our various broken items. Join us with your broken item and/or stop by to find out to become a fix-it coach!!!!

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to fix my I Love Lucy-era toaster and my old Sky King tricycle. Can I bring both? Will try to upload a photo of the tricycle timorrow.

    March 31, 2013

    • Amy

      sure bring both.

      April 2, 2013

  • Renee

    Lamp: Components need updating.

    April 2, 2013

    • Amy

      hi renee, i would recommend stopping by the hardware store to pick up the parts that you think you will need and then we can figure out how to put it all together.

      April 2, 2013

  • Ben L.

    I re-posted thss on nextdoor.com

    April 2, 2013

    • Amy

      thanks ben :)

      April 2, 2013

  • Eric M.

    Old MacBook

    March 13, 2013

  • March 11, 2013

  • Patty M.

    I have a toaster that I'd love to repair rather than trash if possible--the heating element is working only on one side.

    March 10, 2013

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