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Reuse Your Broken Appliances—Get Them Repaired!

The Mountain View Repair Cafe at Hacker Dojo hopes to breathe new life into your old toaster or coffeemaker.

One of 20 volunteers at the Mountain View Repair Cafe, Norm Berube proudly wears his "fix it" t-shirt. Credit Karen Fox.
One of 20 volunteers at the Mountain View Repair Cafe, Norm Berube proudly wears his "fix it" t-shirt. Credit Karen Fox.
If you consider yourself "green" and a believer of the "reuse, reduce, recycle" credo, then the Mountain View Repair Cafe is the place for you.

Held at Hacker Dojo this past Sunday, Aug. 18, the MV Repair Cafe aims to fix broken appliances, electronic devices and other items such as bicycles, lawnmowers and even items that need sewing.

Mountain View resident Karen Fox stopped by the Repair Care and met Norm Berube, one of about twenty volunteer "fixers" who set up shop in the Hacker Dojo at 559 Fairchild, she said.

At the repair shop this weekend, the fixers fixed Fox' CD player, which she described as being from the 1990s and that wouldn't open and, once open, would not stay open.

"Both problems were fixed in 10 minutes, along with the information that this CD player was well built, better than the new ones," she said.

According to the Mountain View Voice, the MV Repair Cafe was modeled after one in Palo Alto started by Peter Skinner in October 2012. Skinner described that people get things fixed to save money, as an affront to commercialism or to held save the environment.

Fox called the volunteers a "great group of men and women, whose goal is to keep things in use and out of the landfill. 

For more information on the Repair Cafe call: 415-513-6564
Greg Coladonato August 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Thanks for the great write-up, Claudia Our next Repair Cafe Mountain View is going to be on October 27th, in the Hacker Dojo again. People who want a reminder can sign up on our mailing list at "Repair Cafe MV at gmail.com", without the spaces.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) August 21, 2013 at 01:30 PM
No problem Greg! This is a great idea! Is there a FB page yet? ;-)
Greg Coladonato August 21, 2013 at 05:28 PM
You bet :) https://www.facebook.com/RepairCafeMountainView

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