MONEY SAVING IDEA: The Repair Café

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MONEY SAVING IDEA: The Repair Café

Postby Boro Boy » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:32 pm

This is a great one for members if there is one in your local area....

In the modern throwaway culture many people discard old and buy new - when a simple repair is all that is required. This common-sense idea gave birth to The Repair Café it's a place where people get ordinary household goods fixed for free and this all goes to reducing your carbon footprint at the same time...

The whole concept was devised in Amsterdam 10 years ago. There are now over 1400+ registered repair cafes worldwide - with 22 in the UK. Visit www.repaircafe.org/en for details.

I hope that is helpful... :thumbup:

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Re: MONEY SAVING IDEA: The Repair Café

Postby macliam » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:57 pm

Boro Boy wrote:This is a great one for members if there is one in your local area....

In the modern throwaway culture many people discard old and buy new - when a simple repair is all that is required. This common-sense idea gave birth to The Repair Café it's a place where people get ordinary household goods fixed for free and this all goes to reducing your carbon footprint at the same time...

The whole concept was devised in Amsterdam 10 years ago. There are now over 1400+ registered repair cafes worldwide - with 22 in the UK. Visit http://www.repaircafe.org/en for details.

I hope that is helpful... :thumbup:

It's a very good idea - if there is one local to you ....... but that's the lottery. It would be nice to see the network grow.

Even if an item can't be repaired directly, they can advise whether a repair is possible/practical/will cost in - and that information alone is invaluable.
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Re: MONEY SAVING IDEA: The Repair Café

Postby RonFlorabud » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:35 am

Nice idea and good for the community. Interesting post :thumbup:

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Re: MONEY SAVING IDEA: The Repair Café

Postby blythburgh » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:00 am

Heard on the radio a few months back. A man who has a shop selling and repairing white goods said that the new washing machines are made in such a way they cannot be repaired.

Our hairdresser told me a few months back she bought a new cooker, cannot remember the name but it was one of the more upmarket and more expensive ones. According to her it looked far less quality and more "thin and tinny" than the cheaper one but rather elderly one it had replaced.

They do not want us to repair but throw and replace quickly sigh
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Re: MONEY SAVING IDEA: The Repair Café

Postby Boro Boy » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:52 pm

blythburgh wrote:Heard on the radio a few months back. A man who has a shop selling and repairing white goods said that the new washing machines are made in such a way they cannot be repaired.

Our hairdresser told me a few months back she bought a new cooker, cannot remember the name but it was one of the more upmarket and more expensive ones. According to her it looked far less quality and more "thin and tinny" than the cheaper one but rather elderly one it had replaced.

They do not want us to repair but throw and replace quickly sigh



Whilst modern machinery/appliances don't seem as sturdy as those of the past I doubt there are few things that cannot be repaired, the problem is the cost of repair verses the cost of a new model...! Mind you if the cost of repair is free... :think:
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Re: MONEY SAVING IDEA: The Repair Café

Postby blythburgh » Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:17 am

Boro Boy wrote:
blythburgh wrote:Heard on the radio a few months back. A man who has a shop selling and repairing white goods said that the new washing machines are made in such a way they cannot be repaired.

Our hairdresser told me a few months back she bought a new cooker, cannot remember the name but it was one of the more upmarket and more expensive ones. According to her it looked far less quality and more "thin and tinny" than the cheaper one but rather elderly one it had replaced.

They do not want us to repair but throw and replace quickly sigh



Whilst modern machinery/appliances don't seem as sturdy as those of the past I doubt there are few things that cannot be repaired, the problem is the cost of repair verses the cost of a new model...! Mind you if the cost of repair is free... :think:


I cannot remember the details of the washing machine repair man's comment but definitely said the new ones were often made so they cannot be repaired by him. Something to do with the way they put the drum is what is in my head but it is so hazy, But I know he said he cannot repair many of them now
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