Fix-it Clinic a Success

Duluth Technology Company’s Second Fix-it Clinic We hosted our second fix-it clinic at Duluth Technology Company this past Sunday, November 9th and it was a blast. The media attention from the first clinic helped to boost attendance, and we actually had a couple of times where we didn’t have enough volunteers for the number of things to fix. What did we fix? We had a great variety of items coming in. There was an inkjet printer, a coleman gas camp stove, an old portable TV, a tape deck, a CD player, a Dyson vacuum, and an iron, among other things. Some things were discouraging, like a crock pot that practically had to be destroyed in order to take it apart. On other things we had that awesome stroke of luck that makes fixing things so satisfying, like the Dyson vacuum with the power button that wouldn’t stay down. We got it apart, it was simply dirty inside the button, and thus it was saved from a landfill! Thank you volunteers! When I say “we,” I mean us and our completely talented, brave, and resourceful volunteers. Once again, we had team members from the Duluth East Daredevils robotics team helping us, along with Joe, founder of the new Duluth Maker Space, and Colin and Karl, both engineers. We are so thankful to them for lending their knowledge, expertise, and curiosity to this event. 3D Printer Demo We also had the good fortune to have Karl bring a 3D printer from the Duluth Maker Space to demo for us. As the clinic went on, it printed an espresso cup from a...

Fix-it Clinic Number Two on November 9th

Our second Fix-it Clinic is coming up this Sunday, November 9th. Come to Duluth Tech Co any time between 10am and 5pm with your broken items, and our volunteers will have a crack at them. This is a walk-in event so feel free to come any time. Not sure what you can bring? Last time, our items included a flat screen TV, the motor from a food dehydrator, a small 3D printer, an old boom box, and a trash can with a broken foot pedal. We’re up for anything, and we hope that if we can’t fix it that day, we can at least diagnose it or point you in the right direction for a part. We have computers connected to the internet so we can look up parts and tutorials for all kinds of things. Like last time, we’ll have a 3D printer demonstration, a custom arcade cabinet where you can play all your favorite NES games, and coffee and tea. This time, we’ll also have a photo booth to play with while you wait, thanks to our office mate, Max Caven Photography. Take a look at these photos from the last fix-it...

We’re Back!

Thanks so much for your patience while Nikki and I acquainted the tiny baby Astrid Bollman with our world. Starting Tomorrow, Thursday, we’ll resume our normal office hours of 9-5 Monday through Friday. (And don’t forget, if your schedule disagrees with 9-5 weekdays, we can always accommodate you by appointment!) Another footnote! For the time being I’m the only one staffing the office and the nature of the business has me running onsite from time to time. Feel free to drop me a line or a phone call before you come to ensure I’ll be in! Chris 218.626.7421...
Fix-It Clinics in Duluth!

Fix-It Clinics in Duluth!

Recycling, Refurbishing, Rescuing Last week I said that I would be dedicating the next few blog posts to talking about what our business is all about. I talked about our Apple and Mac repair and lessons. This week, I’m going to highlight our dedication to sustainability with electronics. Computers We are true Apple fans here, and we’ve got a healthy collection of working and non-working Apple computers from several generations. Some of them are broken, some just needed a little fix, and others are simply outdated. Some of them are useful mostly for the nostalgia they instill, and others are not quite so old and can still be used to browse the web and other such things. Often, computers that are just flat-out broken can have their parts used to fix another computer, or sometimes we even combine two computers into one to get a working whole. Indeed, with older computers, this is often the only way to get working parts. We don’t care if it’s a Mac or PC, if you have a computer that needs rescuing or recycling, we’d like to help. We want to give every computer the chance to live a long, full life. Fix-It Clinics: Fixing Other Stuff Our desire to increase the longevity and sustainability of often-trashed items doesn’t stop at computers. We have long desired to host a community Fix-It Clinic, and doing it under the umbrella of Duluth Technology Company seems like the perfect opportunity. Fix-It Clinics are community events where volunteers provide guided assistance to attendees to fix their household items. It can be small household appliances like toasters, other...