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How to repair broken household items without paying a penny

Do your own DIY with the help of an expert.

As society becomes greener with individuals becoming more conscious of waste, chucking out old toasters or blenders might be a thing of the past.

Not only will you be improving the environment, you’ll also be saving pennies.

A new online community are helping average Joes and Janes become DIY experts from the comfort of their own home by guiding them through repair jobs via trusty Zoom.

The aptly named ‘Fixit Clinic’, which originally began as a face-to-face event before moving virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, aims to educate, entertain, empower, elucidate, and, ultimately, enlighten through guided disassembly of your broken stuff.

Not only are participants encouraged to fix broken items, but also to understand what made them faulty initially so that people become better equipped should it happen again.

Speaking about their mission, the Fixit Clinic says they help basic disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair skills using peoples’ own broken things as the vehicle.

By sharing these skills while transferring them to others, they teach critical thinking through the lens of the relationship to consumption and sustainability.

On their website, they state: “We strive to demystify science and technology so that we can ultimately make better policy choices as a society.”

The clinic is a pop-up activity where people bring their real broken household items to disassemble, rather than the educators using items that have been donated.

Their statement continues: “Many participants have never attempted opening up something before, often special tools are necessary to get inside.

“We provide Fixit Coaches to help guide participants through their disassembly process and have the special tools on hand.

“Our experience is that fixing broken items is possible, even easy. But even if the item isn’t fixed, there’s a valuable educational aspect to understanding why it stopped working.”

Members of the public are invited to sign up via an online form and submit their items to a global assembly of community repairers for troubleshooting tips and suggestions.

Then the Fixit gurus will help cast their magic with Zoom breakout rooms to implement the suggestions and, hopefully, fix the items.

The team encourage participants to manage their expectations, and while they accept dishwashers, TVs, furniture, and more, there is no guarantee everything can be fixed.

Chatting about the service, a user told The Guardian: “I did a session with them for my hand-held blender last weekend and they were amazing. It’s all free, of course.”

What’s not to love?

To get involved, click here: Fixit Clinic.

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