5TH ANNUAL INDOOR GARAGE SALE & REUSE FAIR – Repair Café

The Repair Café team will be present at the 5th annual Indoor Community Garage Sale at the Canada Games Centre.

New this year is the opportunity to repair household electronics with the help of our handy Repair Café Team.

With over 1000 people attending the event last year, this is a great opportunity to re-sell and repair your extra goods or shop for second hand items!

Registration is now open for the 5th annual Indoor Community Garage Sale! To register as a vendor for the event please call North Star Mini Storage, our event partner, at 633-5402.

Maker Night & Repair Café – Deconstruction Extravaganza

YuKonstruct is hosting a Deconstruction Night in partnership with Computers for Schools. Let’s take apart IT equipment and see what goes on inside a computer!

Join us at the makerspace on Thursday January 25 for a fun maker night and special computer part tinkering edition of Repair Café.

Repair Café Whitehorse has been helping fix broken stuff with monthly drop-in events at YuKonstruct since 2014. Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair is a useful evening of DIY learning that you can literally take home.

About the team: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”. Michelle Clusiau is always making things; you will frequently find her trying new projects on the laser cutter and sharing her expertise with other YuKonstruct members.

This free event is open to both YuKonstruct members and the public.

Computers for Schools Yukon

Toy Hacking at the Makerspace

Ever wondered what’s inside your favourite toys?

On Thursday November 23, the makerspace hosted a fun maker night and special toy hacking edition of Repair Café. YuKonstruct members showed off their toy projects, we dissected a Furby (1990’s mechanical, furry, noisy, talking, creature thingy) and even found some time to fix some small appliances.

Michel brought along the sound generating machine he built for his daughter. Its buttons, dials and sensors are perfect for entertaining a toddler, but perhaps not all parents would be as willing as Michel to give their child an electronic noise machine…

Chris and Allison showed off their restored vintage toy record player with custom 3D printed records (you can read the instructions they followed on instructables). They also brought in their animatronic Krang (the villain from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) that they made from another Furby.

The highlight of the night though by far was the Furby dissection. We removed appendages, fur and various components and got a chance to explore the different mechanisms to try and find out exactly how it works (we still have much to learn).

 

Furby dissection underway at YuKonstruct! #repaircafe #yukonstruct #makerspace

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Toy Hacking! Maker Night & Repair Café

Ever wondered what’s inside your favourite toys? Looking for ideas on how to reinvent an outgrown childhood trinket? Need a little help fixing something that was played with a little too hard?
Join us at the makerspace on Thursday November 23 for a fun maker night and special toy hacking edition of Repair Café.
Featuring toy projects by YuKonstruct members, a Furby dissection and all the usual Repair Café fixing, this will be a learning experience suitable for all ages!

 

Repair Café Whitehorse has been helping fix broken stuff with monthly drop-in events at YuKonstruct since 2014. Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair is a useful evening of DIY learning that you can literally take home.

About the team: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”. Michelle Clusiau is always making things; you will frequently find her trying new projects on the laser cutter and sharing her expertise with other YuKonstruct members.

This free event is open to both YuKonstruct members and the public.

Repair Cafe // Instructables Reclaimed Contest – Waste not, want not!

 

 

Waste not, want not!

While it is fun to buy supplies, there is a special feeling that comes along with taking old materials and transforming them into something new. For the Reclaimed Contest, reclaim materials that were used to make one thing and use them to create a whole new project!

Tear out all the wood, plastic, metal, fabric and more from your old and failed projects. It’s time to see what new creation emerges from these reclaimed materials!

 

 

 

Michelle gave a new life to her old typewriter case by transforming it into a suitcase adapted for her sewing and soft furnishing repair supplies for Repair Cafe. Inserts were made on the laser cutter (1/4” plywood).

 

About the team: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon Territory for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”. Michelle Clusiau is always making things. You will frequently find her trying new projects on the laser cutter and sharing her expertise with other YuKonstruct members.

Join our Repair Cafe team for a fun night of “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create” and learn how to give a new life to old materials!

All YuKonstruct members who participate will get a free Instructables Pro Account.

Do you need to fix something?  Repair Cafe Whitehorse is also a monthly drop-in event hosted by YuKonstruct. Bring your broken items from home and see if it is fixable with the help of our expert volunteers!

 

 

 

Repair Cafe at the Fireweed Market Reuse and Repair Fair

YuKonstruct was pleased to bring our Repair Cafe to Zero Waste Yukon‘s Fireweed Market Reuse and Repair Fair in Shipyards Park on Thursday August 24.

Volunteers Michelle, Garnet and Glenn had a terrific afternoon meeting interesting people, fielding questions (some quite puzzling) and, of course, helping people fix their stuff!

A steady stream of people came to see what YuKonstruct was all about, and quite a few brought items they wanted to repair, including:
  • headphones with a broken plastic frame (that still put out great sound),
  • a high-end OttLite lamp (that had a frayed wire in its articulated support arm),
  • a vintage toaster (with a broken wire in its popping mechanism),
  • a Hoover vacuum cleaner (with a broken power switch),
  • two manual typewriters (one with a broken/missing carriage return spring, the other seemed to work just fine),
  • a camera (that had beer spilled on it), and
  • a blender (with a worn drive disk).

There was a wide range in what people expected.  One participant was an engineer that tried to repair his appliance, but ran out of time and ideas.  Another was a young woman who simply wanted help getting her appliance apart because she had a good idea of how she could repair it.  Often, just getting a malfunctioning item open is the biggest part of the challenge because so many consumer goods are not designed to be repaired, let alone by their owners.  In other cases, having several people pondering the problem, pooling their experience and insight leads to an understanding of what is supposed to be happening, why it’s not, and what to do about it!

It was really encouraging to see women and girls coming by the booth who were into tinkering and keen to get their hands dirty exploring the technology that so many people take for granted.
 

One couple from England, now living in Whitehorse, told us about a fascinating old British TV series called The Secret Life of Machines– a hilarious, but still informative introduction into the nature of machines all around us.

As usual, it was a lot of fun getting out to meet new people and help where we could.

Don’t forget there is a regular monthly Repair Cafe at the makerspace!  Come on down – we’re looking forward to fixing more stuff!

Special thanks to Rowan for hauling our folding tables to the market in his truck!

YuKonstruct at the Reuse & Repair Fair

Zero Waste Yukon‘s inaugural Reuse & Repair Fair was a huge success on Saturday June 3, 2017! The fair included live music, workshops, artists selling work created from reused and re-purposed materials, and food trucks serving food in a zero waste manner. YuKonstruct was pleased to bring our Repair Cafe to this great event.

Volunteers Glenn and Garnet assisted fair attendees with repairs ranging from diagnosing a faulty toaster cord to fixing an electric guitar.

If you have broken things in need of fixing, be sure to check our events calendar for upcoming Repair Cafes (usually the 4th Friday of the month).

 

CONTACT US

NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION
  2180, 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse
  (867) 457-0150
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