May repairs at the Bevy…

IMG_9333Does anyone recognise this coffee grinder?! Mattia has fixed it, and we are now trying to
re-unite it with it’s owner!

IMG_9289Fernando’s present to Victoria and D, a beautiful teapot – has it’s chipped spout glued – with a special food safe adhesive. Now it is as good as new!

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Victoria helps a willing participant to restore her beloved jumperIMG_2161

 with a spot of darning.

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IMG_9323Ross and Vikki donate a vintage sewing machine and show volunteers how to use it.

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It proves great for machine darning.IMG_9308Father John’s cushions were brought in for some TLCIMG_9291after they were chewed by his dog!IMG_9305and are restored with hand and machine sewing.IMG_9312Alan shows Emma how to fix her fairy lights

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meticulously checking each individual bulbIMG_2164

& bypassing the broken ones in the circuit.

IMG_9330Iain from Bike Brighton shows two people how to repair their bikes.

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He demonstrates how to adjust the wheel if it is pulling to one side by tighten or loosen each spoke with a spoke wrench.IMG_2171

This Saturday 30th May

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We will be back a The Bevy from 12-3pm.

We will have volunteers and tools on hand to help you with repairing:

Jewellery
Electical Goods
Clothes & Textiles
Anything that needs gluing
(sorry no furniture this time)

Bike Brighton will also be there to help you with bike maintenance

There will be a smoothie bike and great food served in the café.

What’s not to like? See you there!

In April

The Bevy community pub kindly invited us to hold our event in their café area.IMG_8985

This was our first time there and we were made to feel most welcome with a steady stream of  throughout the afternoon joining us to learn how to fix their things.

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The first challenge was a sunrise alarm clockIMG_8997

which was fixed by creating a replacement part from a used food can from the kitchen!

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Whilst Betty welcomed a new comer to the repair café and explained how it worksIMG_8979

Ali went to work on her stool in the sheltered outside areaIMG_8988

He cut the legs down

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so that the stool would be the right height for Betty to sit comfortably.

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Ali plans to make the offcuts into tool handles so that nothing is wasted!

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The guitar pedal that was diagnosed at a previous repair cafe

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was brought back for a follow up treatment

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and to provide Mattia with a complex and ongoing repair challenge! 

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The owner of the pedal also brought his home-made instrument made from a re-used cigar box

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and amplified through an old analogue radio!

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Tom brought along his darning to help him demonstrate to others how to create beautiful visible mends through using contrasting threads

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Whilst outside BikeBrighton were busy all afternoon.

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Plenty of bikes were brought along

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for Iain to take a look at and help people to fix them up ready for the cycling season.

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An innocent looking hairdryer

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created quite a challenge when it came to trying to open it up.

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Tom had to adapt a flathead screwdriver to fit the unusual head.

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Even then it took both Tom and Mattia to get into the device!

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Once inside it was possible to access the heat element and find out what had stopped it from working.

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One lady brought her bell tent along as the zip had broken.

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Eva assessed the best approach and advised where to get a replacement zip so that it could be brought to the next repair café to replace it.

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The lever on a toaster was repaired after a little persuasion

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and other electrical goods were assessed and their repairability discussed

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All in all it was a successful day with these things repaired and more!

We are very excited…

Our next Repair Café which will be held at The Bevy a community owned pub in Bevendean!

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Please share the flyer far and wide

We will be able to help you fix your:

Bikes
Electrical Goods
Furniture
Textiles
Clothing
Woollens that needs Darning
Items that need Glueing or Soldering

So why not bring them along?

Highlights of the gluing (and soldering) extravaganza at Brighton Science Festival on Sunday 22nd February…

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Our event for the Brighton Science Festival at Circus Street Community kicked off with a flurry of shoe gluing activity.

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Many a worn sole needed to be reunited with it’s upper with the help of contact adhesive.

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Milliput came to the rescue.

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When Zoe and Bruce wanted to fix Zoe’s 1st Judo trophy – The Achievement Award!

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Victoria glued the ribbon back on to her hubby’s hat…

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using a special textiles glue.IMG_1580

Michael, one of our newest volunteers, managed to fix Betty’s lamp.

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The tube threaded on the outside had worked it’s way loose and up. It was repositioned and tightened again.

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Despite the cold, the turn out was excellent…

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After braving the sight of her beloved headphones being taken apart

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Kirsty was over the moon that Mattia had helped her to fix them.

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Michael showed us how to weld plastic to plastic using a soldering iron!

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Check out the welding on this once cracked hoover nozzle!

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And a wedding cake decoration fixed using the welding technique.

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Sugru was used to mend the cracked handle on this knife

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before it was wrapped up carefully and left to set.

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We even had a homemade Beginner’s Guide to Glue with home-made glue recipes on the back.

We still have copies of these A3 posters available by donation. If you would like a copy please get in touch, we can send them by post or will have them available at our future events.

Unfortunately one item  – a toaster – was deemed beyond repair but Cat from Freegle was pleased to take it away and give it to Exploring Senses who will make robots out of the parts so it won’t go to waste!

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Thanks to Sugru for their generous donation of many sachets of Sugru, to the Circus Street Community Centre for hosting the event, to Tom for providing lovely hot soup from the Soup Dept van (usually found outside the Brighton Woodstore) , to Brighton Science Festival for inviting us to participate and of course to all of our amazing volunteers who give there time, skills and enthusiasm to help others learn to repair their things.