New Fix-It Clinic is Using Zoom and Global Community to Help You Repair Items For Free



How many YouTube tutorials does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Hopefully, just one, but when you need to fix something that’s beyond your level of DIY expertise — with nearly a bazillion videos offering differing and sometimes conflicting repair advice — it can be hard to know where to turn. Now there’s Fixit Clinic, which was conceived as a series of in-person events. Participants brought in various non-working items to get expert guidance. The goal was not only to fix the broken stuff, but also to help owners understand what made their things tick in the first place. Fixit Clinic conveys basic disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair skills, while transferring them to others by demystifying science and technology. The process is fairly simple. After signing up, participants submit their broken items to a global assembly of community repairers for troubleshooting tips and suggestions. Next, the broken items, their owners, and the appropriate Fixit guru teams up to implement the suggestions and, hopefully, fix the items. While Fixit Clinic makes no guarantees that a broken item can be made as good as new, participants will at least learn the how and why of what went wrong — all at no cost. Though they started out with smaller gadgets, Fixit Clinic can now tackle repairs on larger things, including dishwashers, TVs, furniture, and more. The moral of this story is: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but if it is broke, Fixit Clinic is a great way to go.