Reading Hackspace rLab

Reading, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarReading Repair Café

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands

Description

Get help to repair a wide range of items covering areas such as:
Electronics
Mechanical items
Computers (hardware/software)
Toys/Furniture
Clothing/Textiles
Tool sharpening

In
fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and we are sure to have a go or at
least provide some advice about what your best course of action might
be.

You’re also welcome to come along with repairs you want to do
yourself or craft projects you’re working on and you’ll find a friendly
helpful bunch ready to welcome you.

The event is run entirely by
volunteers and anyone can pop in! As well as repairs, you can pop in
for a cuppa and homemade cake. Everything is free, but we encourage
donations to ensure we can keep running repair cafe in future.

email: repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk

twitter: @repairCafeRDG

facebook: facebook.com/ReadingRepairCafe

Location

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Reading Hackspace rLab, Unit C1, Weldale St, RG1 7BX Reading, England

About the group

Group avatar

Reading Repair Café

3rd Weekend of Every Month (Saturday or Sunday depending on venue)

Get help to repair a wide range of items covering areas such as:

  • Electronics
  • Mechanical items
  • Computers (hardware / software)
  • Toys / Furniture
  • Clothing / textiles
  • Tool sharpening

In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and we are sure to have a go or at least provide some advice about what your best course of action might be.

You’re also welcome to come along with repairs you want to do yourself or craft projects you’re working on and you’ll find a friendly helpful bunch ready to welcome you.

The event is run entirely by volunteers and anyone can pop in! As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake. Everything is free, but we encourage donations to ensure we can keep running repair cafe in future.

You can also like our Facebook page! Email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

 

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Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts

DO

  • Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK).
  • Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are here to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Get involved!
  • Backup your data. We can’t be responsible for your cat pics, so please back up your device before you come. (Of course you already do this once a month, right?)
  • Charge up your device and bring all leads.
  • Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible.

DON’T

  • Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed.
  • Expect us to have spare parts. But we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement.
  • Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first.
  • Bring a microwave.