Fix-It Lab - Fuquay Coworking by Empowered Ideas
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Fix-It Lab

Fuquay-Varina Fix-It Lab

In a world where most things are discarded, we believe there’s value in the ability for individuals to fix things themselves. In response to a growing movement of reuse and recycle, Fuquay Coworking has setup a “Fix-It Lab” to serve as a hub of knowledge and creativity, focused around the challenge of finding solutions to fixing broken items people choose to bring in.

 

We are not a repair service, but a meeting space where individuals come together to repair broken items. In general, please only bring items that you can carry with you. Large items like TVs, Washer/Dryers, and such are not appropriate for this type of event.

 

Members of Fuquay Coworking, including volunteers, dedicate time and expertise to assisting individuals find solutions to their broken items. While there is no guarantee that every item can be fixed, the experience is still more than worth the effort.

 

We provide this benefit to the Fuquay-Varina community as a way to give-back and support the local families. The Fix-It Lab is free of charge, but a voluntary donation is appreciated, and will help to provide tools and misc supplies to keep the program going.

 

Things Volunteers May Be Able to Assist You In Fixing:

  • Electrical Appliances
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Housewares
  • Bicycles
  • Toys
  • Kitchenware
  • Certain Types of Electronics
  • Small Gadgets
  • Small Crafts Projects (Repairs)
  • Basic Car Repairs (Bulbs, Fuses, Wipers)

Fix-It Lab” Events & Workshops will be posted on the Fuquay Coworking Events Page, and are open to the public.

 

*Certain repairs may require specific parts or materials, which would be the responsibility of the owner to obtain or bring. We make no guarantee that your item(s) can or will be repaired. Contact Us if you have questions about bringing in a particular item.

Workshops

In addition to the “Fix-It Lab” events, there will also be a series of workshops designed to introduce community members to various maintenance and repair skills that can save individuals time and money.

Fundamentals of Home Networking & Security

 

Is my home (or small business network) truly secure?

Did I set it up correctly?

What should I do to maintain my network?

 

  • Considerations for Home Networking
  • Equipment Basics
  • Designing a Wired or Wireless Network
  • Making Your Own Cat-5e/6 Cables
  • Securing Your Wired/Wireless Network

Wall Attachments & Tapes 101

 

What are the best ways to hang things on my wall?

What are options for hanging HEAVY items on a wall?

Should I use wall anchors or removable 3M strips?

 

  • Basic Considerations
  • Equipment & Tools Basics
  • Basics of Various Tapes
  • 3M Strips vs. Hooks
  • Wall Anchors (When/Why/How?)
  • Hands-On Experience

Basic Plumbing & Winterizing 101

 

What are some basic things I should know about plumbing?

What can I do for basic water heater maintenance?

Tell me about basic toilet or sink repairs…

 

  • Basic Home Maintenance
  • Winterizing Your Home
  • Water Heater Maintenance & Basics
  • Toilet Maintenance & Repair
  • Equipment & Tools Basics
  • Q&A Discussion: When, Why, & How?

Electrical 101

 

Best way to fix damage in devices from corroded batteries?

How do I fix basic electrical problems?

How do I use a voltmeter?

 

  • Basic Considerations
  • Equipment & Tools Basics
  • Testing, Repairs, Splicing, Soldering
  • Discussion: When, Why, & How?
Other Workshop Topics
  • Lock Picking 101
  • Basic Car Maintenance & Emergency Skills
  • Bicycle Maintenance
  • Paintball Marker Maintenance 101
  • “There’s An App for That” Workshop
  • New Ideas for Using Old Cellphones