It’s inevitable, stuff breaks! Kitchen gadgets, smart phones, computers, and other precious devices can break or wear out. Instead of throwing away an almost-functional device, consider repairing it!

Repair Workshops
CVSan hosts repair workshops that have coaches to fix things and teach people how during Zero Waste Week and at other times during the year. Fixit Clinic includes pop-up activities which are hosted all over the Bay Area, and the entire country! Volunteer coaches help participants assess, disassemble, and repair broken items.

CVSan has hosted these events and people bring all kinds of items for repair: toasters, lamps, Christmas lawn decorations, vacuums, laptops, tablets, CD players, and more. Most importantly, you’ll learn more about how your item was manufactured and how it worked, whether you fixed it or not. And you’ll have fun and make new connections in the process!

Online Resources
iFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything. Pull up their helpful guides or ask questions on their Answers Forum. You can find resources for fixing a smart phone, or a landline phone!

They even have repair guides for cars and trucks. Anyone can create or edit the existing set of manuals to improve them. It’s a great resource for first time repairers.

Similar to Fixit Clinics, a Repair Café is a free meeting place where you’ll find tools and volunteers to help repair all kinds of things, like clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, toys, and more. Check out their website for the next events in Palo Alto or Mountain View. Or consider starting your own!

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