Fix-It Clinics defy the throwaway economy

  • Article by: Kim Ode , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 2, 2013 - 12:10 PM

Hair dryer on the fritz? Don't be so quick to toss it. In fact, you might even bring it back to life, with a little help.

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lonederangerJan. 1, 1311:42 PM

Awesome and two big thumbs up! I've been salvaging and fixing discarded stuff for years- the landfill/consumerism thing as noted- and don't mind more competition!

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lakeelmo99Jan. 2, 13 7:36 AM

While a consumer society was good when the US actually made stuff, today all we're doing is giving our wealth to China where just about everything gets made. A planet with 10 billion humans driving cars will not be a good thing people. Kudos to Hennepin County for making a small dent in the problem.

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FrankLJan. 2, 1310:07 AM

Big problem is most items are designed not to be fixed, cases put together with glue instead of screws. My guess is part of the reason is liability insurance, particularly with anything using electricity.

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davehougJan. 2, 1311:38 AM

Kudos all around.

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fwallenJan. 2, 1312:23 PM

Great idea, it could be replicated in every small town or city across the country.

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maryeeJan. 2, 13 1:34 PM

This article made my day! Thanks, Startrib. And thanks to Hennepin Cty for setting up the clinics. And thanks to the volunteers who staff the clinics. Now I know where to take all those objects still hanging out in my basement. And I might learn how to do some trouble-shooting/simple repairs, too. Win, win, win! (Sorry, the rush from falling off the fiscal cliff must be affecting my brain.)

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FrankLJan. 2, 13 4:11 PM

Another good resource is the internet. Just type your problem into Google, and most likely you will find an answer. Found many helpful instructions such as replacing a laptop screen, car repairs, appliance repairs, etc. If it is a common problem, they may even have part numbers, tools needed and places to buy the parts. Also, if you don't have the manual, you can usually find a download for free.

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