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I started my own repair business in eighth grade. Now, in my retirement, I’m part of the global fix-it movement.

I started my own repair business in eighth grade. Now, in my retirement, I’m part of the global fix-it movement.

Fixing broken things was just a normal part of my family life. I was born in New York City and was raised in New Jersey in a home with lots of tools, a garage, a basement workshop, and a backyard. My father was a Depression-era baby who grew up with a sense of frugality. He […]

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The Professional Repairer Trap: We are all Geniuses. Don’t let the corporations tell you otherwise

The Professional Repairer Trap: We are all Geniuses. Don’t let the corporations tell you otherwise

For years, my organization, U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), has been campaigning with iFixit,Repair.org, and a plucky team of repair shops, makers, and hackers to pass laws that guarantee access to what people need to fix modern gizmos, specifically the parts, tools, and service information. We’ve had “right to repair” bills in 40 of 50 […]

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Need a repair? The Fixit Clinic will guide you to get things working again

Need a repair? The Fixit Clinic will guide you to get things working again

I often describe Fixit Clinic as “a hobby that’s gotten way out of control.” We held the first Fixit Clinic in 2009 as a modest experiment to make basic tools and specialty tools available so attendees could disassemble, troubleshoot and — hopefully — repair common consumer items: to take apart appliances and electronics, mend fabric and […]

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Cultivating A Repair Mindset

Cultivating A Repair Mindset

Use this educational repair toolkit to guide young learners to resourcefulness and student agency

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Opinion: Repair It Yourself

Opinion: Repair It Yourself

People have always repaired things. What’s new is that there is such an abundance of information and expertise available online to help anyone do repair.

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Get Smart! Top Tips for Your Workshop — And Your Life

Get Smart! Top Tips for Your Workshop — And Your Life

Get a sampler of tips and shop tales from our new book.

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