It wasn’t too long ago that my cranky vacuum, that happens to be less than two years old, decided to kick the bucket on me. I was so aggravated, saying to myself, “they just don’t make things like they used to”! So, I posted on the “Nextdoor app” for the Corcoran neighborhood, seeking guidance…to trash or to treasure and fix this stubborn newish cheaply made vacuum. Well, within
hours I was bombarded with messages encouraging me to fix it and explaining how our landfills are overflowing with FIXABLE household items. I am also one to save money and penny pinch, so I thought, “I can do this! I am woman hear me roar”. I set to taking that sucker apart and low and behold…I FIXED it after some suggestions from handy neighbors. I saved myself money, my vacuum was rescued from the depths of despair, and there is one less household item polluting our earth.
Inspired by my handiness and savvy money saving skills? Do you want to learn how to fix your own household appliances, clothing, electronics, and mobile devices? The best place to do so is at a Fix-It Clinic, sponsored by Hennepin County. Fix it clinics will teach you how to troubleshoot your items, give you basic repair skills, and volunteers with repair knowledge will be there to walk you through how to disassemble and fix your items. Please note that it is requested that you bring your own tools to help on the job. Or maybe you are already handy…volunteer to help out your neighbors!
To find the nearest Fix-It Clinic, to volunteer, and to see a list of repairable items, head to http://www.hennepin.us/fixitclinic. See you there!