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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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Apple Releases Self Repair Kit

Apple Releases Self Repair Kit

Apple has, for a long time, been one of the examples commonly brought out to show consumer unfriendly practices when it comes to repair. However, the company has recently announced the availability of tools for do-it-yourself repairs, that are officially approved. That’s a huge step in the battle for the right to repair, a topic […]

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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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Share the Repair

Share the Repair with Wayne Seltzer

A lifelong fixer himself, Wayne Seltzer started the U-Fix-It Clinic in Boulder, Colorado to help others learn to fix things. Wayne helped put the “you” in Fixit Clinics, making sure they empowered people to learn to do the repairs themselves rather than having an expert do it for them.

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Fixing Broken Machines from the Amazon Return Bin

Fixing Broken Machines from the Amazon Return Bin

Debra Daun’s superpower is fixing broken machines, such as 3D printers. She runs the MakerLab at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. She has figured out that she can get used and abused machines that have been returned to Amazon. She bids for them at auction and then repairs them or adds the odd parts to her boneyard. She’s been able to add more machines that she uses to teach students 3D printing in the makerspace. The more broken the machine, she says, the happier she is.

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