Westside Repair Café Resources

When in doubt, don’t throw it out!

Download a Copy of "The Fixer's Manifesto" at the Bottom of this Page

Misc Parts and Supplies, Recycling:

reDiscover Center - 12958 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 310-393-3636

Do It Yourself Repair – Maker and Crafting - Resources - HowTo Books - Instruction Manuals - Manufacturer Repair Manuals – Schematics – Diagnostics, Etc.

Universal Troubleshooting Guide (by Jason Maxham) 

The Art of Troubleshooting eBook (by Jason Maxham)

Diagnostic Flowcharts for Troubleshooting Cars and Laptops

On-Line Product Service and User Manuals 

iFixit Repair Guides 

RepairClinic Parts Finder 

What Glue to Use?

FixYa Product Troubleshooting and Instructions 

DIY Network, Various Resources

Microwave Oven Repair Tips

CD/DVD Troubleshooting and Repair


MAKE Ezine

Teardown Instructions for Popular Devices and "smart phones"

California Repair Cafe’s:

Westside Repair Café 

Repair Café Palo Alto

Repair Café Santa Cruz

Repair Café Pasadena

Repair Café Mountain View

Repair Café long Beach

Start Your Own Repair Café: and

Video Overview - Repair Café Case Study

2021 Video

Other YouTube Repair Cafe Video's

 Here are the steps we used for implementation:

Phase I – Planning (station layouts, inventory assessment for tools, supplies, repairers)

Phase II – Development (create posters, signup sheets, repair travelers, liability waiver, etc.)

Phase III – Organization (staffing, procedures, refreshments, entertainment, scheduling, seek sponsors & parts discounts)

Phase IV – Execution (announcements, RSVP’s, conduct Repair Café)

Phase V – Post RC Audit (successes, weaknesses, improvements, schedule next Repair Café)

OTB and TCC held their first Westside Repair Café in May 2013. The WRC has since collaborated with the cities of Culver City, Santa Monica, and Mar Vista to hold "Regional" WRC events. Read our newsletters for more updates, watch our calendar for location, date, and times of the next Repair Cafe. 


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