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Fixit Clinic

Fixit Clinics are fun community-based workshops where neighbors, friends, and families work collectively to learn how to repair broken items. We’ll provide a workspace, specialty tools, and volunteer Fixit Coaches to help you troubleshoot and provide routine maintenance to your household items and appliances!

Date: January 14, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM– 2 PM
Location: San Mateo Public Library
Register here.

Date: January 25, 2023
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Redwood City Public Library, Downtown
Register here.

Date: March 11, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM – 2 PM
Location: Millbrae Library
Register here.

Date: March 22, 2023
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Redwood City Public Library, Downtown
Register here.

Fixit Clinic is experimenting with “virtual” clinics using teleconferencing software. If you want to try fixing something from home and think remote advice and coaching would be helpful answer these questions:

  • Do you have a computer and internet connection that will support video teleconferencing?
  • Can you show and describe the problem in under five minutes?
  • Can you have some rudimentary disassembly tools at the ready?
  • Can you fill out the broken item report afterward?

If yes, register here (select the “Virtual Fixit Clinic”).

Contact Shova Ale Magar salemagar@smcgov.org for questions.

  • Guidance on tools
  • Encouragement to investigate their broken item.
  • Let them talk about how they used it and how it broke. That often provides valuable hints as to what’s wrong.
  • See how much you can do without actually handling the item. Empower the item’s owner to do the troubleshooting and disassembly.
  • Register to be a coach here.

See our video about the Fixit Clinic and see how amazing they are!