If you’re looking to bring something to fix, here are the basics:
For indoor event spaces, DO bring:
- Small appliances
- Small furniture or woodworking (chairs or smaller)
- Clothing / Textiles
- Garden tools
- Electronic items*
- …anything else you want to fix that isn’t on the “DON’T” list.
For events with outdoor capacity, DO bring:
- Combustion engine things like chainsaws or weed whackers
- Bicycles and bicycle-related things**
- Tents, canvas things, larger furniture items, patio stuff.
Generally speaking, DON’T bring:
- Things under warranty
- Things that need welding (we don’t have a space to do that publicly yet)
- Anything living (we can’t fix the fact that your cat is a jerk)
- Big or heavy things.***
* Electronics repairs are subject to the availability of an electronics specialist; we don’t have a lot of those! It’s good to ask ahead of time. We don’t repair computers as part of our pledge not to undercut local businesses. Support your local professional Geeks! Write us if you need help finding a good one.
** Bike parts are expensive and diverse! We don’t plan to stock bike parts at Repair Public events because they’re so weird. We’ll be happy to give you a tune-up, and probably a referral to a local shop if your bike needs more parts and work than we can do at an event.
*** Items have to fit through the door, not take up too much room, and be easy to work on. Less than 30 inches and under 15 pounds are good rules-of-thumb, but ironing boards and floor lamps are good candidates for repair. Outdoor events are usually good for small gas-powered items, and/or items up to 40 pounds. If it’s difficult to get your item out of your vehicle, it’s probably beyond the capacity for a Repair Public event. Use good judgment and ask questions!
If you want to bring some tools of your own related to the item you’re fixing, please mark them distinctively in some way as belonging to you. We cannot be responsible for any tools lost during Repair Public.