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When and where are repair sessions held?
What broken items can I bring in?
What electrical faults can be fixed at a repair cafe?
Appliances that are low voltage. So we’ll look at it if it’s powered by batteries, or if it has a plug pack/adapter (see picture below). For all other items, we can't help, but you could try a paid repair service like http://theelectricianperth.com.au.
What if I have an electrical appliance but the fault isn't electrical?
If your electrical appliance isn't battery operated or has an AC adapter, it carries 240 volts. The volunteers can take a look but they'll be extremely restricted in what they can do. If accessing any mechanical parts involves moving electrical parts out of the way, they won't be able to do that because there's a chance they'll accidentally modify the electrics. You are welcome to bring it and try, knowing there's a chance they might only get as far as taking a quick look.
Do I have to RSVP for repair sessions?
Can I donate items to you?
Can you deal with these specific items?
Unfortunately we aren’t able to do upholstery as the volunteers don’t have expertise in that area - our textile repairers can mainly fix clothing and such like.
We did knife sharpening as a once-off special session, but we have no plans to run that again. We’ve heard of a guy who does knife sharpening at Subiaco markets
Do you repair shoes?
We do. We have glue on hand to reattach soles. However, we can’t replace worn soles as we don’t have the spare parts required or machinery to shape them. If they’re expensive shoes and you need a perfect job, we often refer these jobs to a professional, but if you just need parts glued back together come on down and visit us.
We can do some repairs, for example some involving glueing or modifying metal rings. It's a matter of bringing it in to have a go with no guarantees our volunteers can fix it. However if it's an expensive piece, these are best taken to a professional.
We do look at them. Please note that the success rate hasn’t been great for headphones - our volunteers are extremely skilful but often headphones have really tiny connections inside or sealed sections. We have repaired some though. So you’re welcome to give it a go but no guarantees and just bear in mind the low success rate.
How many items can I bring?
We don't limit the number of items you can bring in, but we do ensure that only one item is seen to at a time. When you arrive, we see to your first item, then when it's done you can hop back in the queue for the next item. Sometimes if it's quiet, people go home with multiple things fixed, but if it's busy, we may only be able to attend to one thing.
Can you open a repair cafe in my area?
Each repair cafe is organised independently by a group of dedicated local people who have the energy to make it happen. We are focussed on organising our own repair cafe in Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia. We don’t know where all the active cafes are in Australia but check out www.repaircafe.org to find out more. There is info there about starting a new repair cafe. If you are interested in starting a repair cafe, why not come along and see what it's all about? Chat to an organiser and find out what's involved to get started. You can visit repair cafes in Mount Hawthorn, Fremantle, Bassendean, West Stirling, Narrogin and others as they get off the ground. There are lots of new repair cafes planned for 2019, all by dedicated locals.