Repair Stations

Below is a listing of our Repair Stations and the types of items we hope to be able to repair at them.

Not all Repair Stations will be operational at every Westside Repair Café event.  Our volunteer repairers may not be available for each and every event, so repair know-how will vary from event to event.  We will announce which Repair Stations will be offered 1-2 weeks prior to Westside Repair Café events.  Westside Repair Café Calendar listings will be updated as soon as we know the Repair Stations that can be supported for each event.  Please check our Upcoming Event Calendar for details prior to the date. 

Repair Station Descriptions:

A – Reception/Check-in Station

       Purpose: Welcome guests, screen hazardous/unacceptable items from entry, get paperwork started, direct people to Repair Stations, collect donations, provide advice on re-purposing and re-cycling, give repair shop referrals, collect completed paperwork, and record/post OTB Time Credits. 

B – Give-Away Table

       Purpose: Useful items in fair condition you no longer need are offered for free to other attendees.  This may include your non-repairable items.  Please take your un-adopted items when you leave.

BR – Book Repair

       Items repaired: Fix bindings, pages, repair joints, case liners, end papers, headbands, cloth or leather restoration.

    C – Wardrobe Station

           Items repaired: clothing, costumes, shoes, slippers, purses, bags, belts, canvas items, cushions, stuffed animals, table cloths, gloves, luggage, backpack, sleeping bags. 

    CR – Crafts, Repuposing Station

           Items repaired: baskets, clothing, art, bags, almost anything that can be kept out of landfills through creative reuse 

    CS – Clothing Swap Table

           Purpose: clean wearable items in good condition offered for free to attendees 

    D – Computers/Technology Station

           Items repaired: computers, game stations, media players, phones, hard disks, printers, scanners, software configurations, networking configurations, malware removal, keyboard cleaning.

    E – Appliance/Electrical Station

           Items repaired: lamps, light fixtures, vacuums, switches, toasters, hand blenders, hair dryers, headphones, mixers, radios, phonographs, stereos, power tools, microwave ovens

    F –Jewelry Station

           Items repaired: glasses, necklace, choker, bracelet, anklet, beads, strings, earrings, various jewelry, 

    G – DIY Glue/String/Tape Station

           Items repaired: various items, pottery, vases, pots, pans, plates, porcelain items, collectibles, figurines, items from the other repair stations. 

    H – Bicycle/Skateboard Station

           Items repaired: bicycle, tricycle, big wheels, skates, kick scooters, wheelchair, wheelbarrow, and some sports equipment.

           Related Services: provisional bicycle fitting, flat tire repair training 

    I – Furniture/Wooden Toys Station

           Items repaired: toys, dolls furniture, chairs, stools, tables, picture frames, drawers, 

    J – Sharpening Station

           Items sharpened: knives, lawnmower blades, scissors, chain saws, drill bits, axes, machetes, 

    K – Plumbing/HVAC Station

           Items repaired: faucets, hoses, valves, portable air conditioners, sprinkler heads/nozzles, 

    L – Gas Motored Apparatus Station

           Diagnostic and repair advice: Car, truck, motorcycle, scooter, lawnmowers, edger’s, trimmers, chain saws. 

    M – Refreshments Station

           Tasks: setup and cleanup, prepare snacks and drinks, offer refreshments to volunteers on-duty

    N – Misc. Consulting Station

           Tasks: Offer suggestions and advice about repairs to guests

      O – Hair Trimming Station

             Tasks: Trim clean hair, shape, and thin as needed. Clean-up cuttings.

        P – Polishing, Shoe Repair Station

               Tasks: Polish and buff shoes, restitch worn seams, attach (or re-attach) heels and soles, reshape shoes, and even change shoes' colors.

          Q– Demonstrations Station

                 Tasks: Prepare and give various presentations, displays, experiments, trainings, etc.

            SE– Seed Exchange Station

                   Tasks: Seed consulting, planting advice, seed swapping, germination and propagation instruction.