Repair Fair June: Free Walk-in Repair Clinics for laptop PCs, bikes & clothing





Laptop PCs, bicycles, and clothing: bring these items in to our walk-in repair clinics and we'll do our best to arm you with the knowledge you need to repair the thing for yourself and feel handy and useful rather than discard the old one and buy something new. Our volunteers will teach this free for you (you can throw wads of cash at us if you like, though). If our advice and hands-on walkthroughs aren't enough, we'll tell you where to go instead. Come in and plop your item-to-be-repaired in front of our teachers and see for yourself what to do.
1-5pm, Squirrel Hill Library, Rm B. Note that the bike clinic will accept new bikes only until 4:15pm, and will be near the Forbes entrance of the library if it's nice out!

Things to bring in and their common issues we can look at:

Laptop PCs (this clinic will be in the Squirrel Hill Library, Room B):
+Cleaning dust inside, including fans clogged with dust and lint +Diagnose software & hardware issues +Install replacement parts (which you'll have to buy & bring) +General maintenance, including security, virus/malware/spyware removal

Bicycles (this clinic will likely take place on the corner of Forbes and Murray, outside the Squirrel Hill Library, as long as it's nice out, and will accept new bikes from 1 till 4:15pm!):
+Brake adjustment +Cable, gear, and shifter adjustments +Clean & lube chain +Tightening loose parts like handlebars, wheels, seat +Tire and tube replacement, as long as you've bought and brought the parts (BikeTek's right across the street: you can buy a new tube at least for around $10, and a new tire might run you $30)

Clothing (this clinic will be in the Squirrel Hill Library, Room B):
(You're probably going to want to bring patches, a needle, and thread!) +Iron-on patches +Patches to be sewn on +Rips and tears on seam and elsewhere +Broken off zippers

Come on in and learn something new, or simply chat with a bunch of people who like learning about learning new things and care about having useful skills.

Shop Class as Soulcraft and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance are two books good at describing why working with your hands feels good, feels concrete, and office work not so much. The Transition Movement internationally recommends spreading more useful skills in your neighborhood or town because it preps for hard economic times, and helps rejuvenate that entrepreneurial spirit we've lost. All this isn't too far removed from Natural Capitalism, Reinventing Fire, Cradle to Cradle, and The Upcycle, books full of practical examples of ordinary and/or well-established people engineering ways of living, working, producing, and manufacturing and industrializing that work well, regenerate the resources they use, and don't keep using resources we don't have, often just through applying the mindsets of those in manual trades to a larger picture.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, brought with me some clothes that needed fixing, my computer to see what it needed, and my bike to get it checked out. Most of all I had fun there with the fellow attendees and the meetup organizer. JUNE WAS GREAT - IT WAS HER BIRTHDAY THE NEXT DAY (HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN) HOPE YOU HAD A NICE BIRTHDAY

    July 2, 2013

  • Michelle

    I hauled a desktop pc in for a diagnosis (death, due to old age) but then I learned that the hard drive can be transplanted into a portable hard drive case. I learned a LOT. Thank you!

    June 29, 2013

  • Heather

    Learned how to tune up my bike! Thank you for posting this event! Saved me $! I paid nothing and got a tune-up... AND learned how to do it!

    June 29, 2013

  • Amy

    This is a really fun event! You get a lot of hands on knowledge, and also get a lot of info on local independent businesses if you need to fix something beyond your own skill level. Plus everyone shares info with each other too - very cool.

    June 28, 2013

  • Heather

    Hoping to attend. My bike needs some maintenance. I just have to get it on a bike rack on a bus (never did this). Thanks for posting this!

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Mike

    Who are the people running this?

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • Amy

      Transition Pittsburgh is running it. Check out their meetup page for more info! Justin Thaker is the contact there. The Squirrel Hill Library is hosting it, but it's not as library program.

      June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have some bike work I need help with. Great idea. Thank you.

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Dianne B.

    This sounds really cool

    1 · June 25, 2013

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