Upcycle and Repair Fair

St Albans, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarSt Lukes Church St Albans

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands

Description

Following the success of last year’s Upcycle and Repair Fair when we tackled furniture, bikes and jewellery, this year we will be adding electricals and electronics. Bring along your tired toasters, lazy laptops, kaput kettles, faulty fans, duff DSLRs, in fact anything with a mains plug or a battery, and we’ll see what we can do.

This is not simply a free repair but rather we hope you will participate in the fix, learn what went wrong, and maybe even learn how to fix it yourself another time.

Please make sure you bring whatever mains leads, batteries or accessories are needed to demonstrate the fault. We will not have spare parts available but if you bring the right ones we can probably help you fit them.

If you would like to volunteer as a fixer, whatever your range and level of skills, then please join our group here on Restarters.net and add your skills to your profile.

This event is part of St Albans SustFest 2019 running from 11th May – 1st June 2019.

Location

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St Luke's Church, Cell Barnes Lane, St Albans AL1 5QJ

About the group

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St Lukes Church St Albans

As part of St Albans’ Sustainability Festival, St Luke’s held an Upcycle & Repair Fair n 2018. This was a great success involving many local community groups and showcasing everything from upcycled furniture to bicycle and jewellery repairs. Our Upcycle and Repair Fair in 2019 will be on Saturday 18th May.

Please join this group if you'd like to fix with us. You don't need to be a St Luke's member, or indeed have any church affiliation.

St Luke's Church is three quarters of a mile from St Albans City Station, served by frequent Thameslink trains from St Pancras. The No 84 bus passes the church on its route between the City Centre, St Albans City Station and New Barnet Station, running roughly every 20 minutes.

If you are driving you can park (discretely) in the residential roads around. If you're unfamiliar with the area, for easy navigation you could try Barncroft Way, from which there is a short footpath through to Cell Barnes Lane close to the church.

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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.