When his rotary toaster broke, Bal Patterson wasn’t sure what to do. His go-to repairman had just moved to California, and a replacement for the commercial-grade machine would run $700 to $800.
Luckily for the owner of Gunbarrel’s Page 2 Cafe, there was the Boulder U-Fix-It Clinic. Patterson spent three hours during a Sunday clinic disassembling and diagnosing the problem: a busted heating element, available online or through a dealer for $130. The instruction, under a team of volunteer experts, was free.
“I’ve had so many issues with toasters over the years,” Patterson said. “I’d seen the clinics advertised, so I thought I’d take it in.”
The mend-it mentality is gaining steam in Boulder County. Boulder’s U-Fix-It Clinic, the oldest locally established group, will soon be joined by Repair Cafe, hosted by Boulder makerspace Solid State Depot. Another is in the works at the Rayback Collective, being put together by a descendant of the Rayback Plumbing founder.
“The fix-it movement has gotten into gear,” said Dan Matsch, manager at Eco-Cycle Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHarM). The nonprofit Eco-Cycle co-sponsors the Boulder U-Fix-It Clinic, which is part of the national Fix It Clinic network.
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