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Ken Butler is a musician and artist who has hand-made over 400 beautiful musical instruments from ... garbage. He can summon sound and soul from just about anything he finds on the street.
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2 weeks ago  ·  

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Fun sharing pro-tips with John Wackman from Repair Cafe - Hudson Valley. We have his reading list, and he marveled at the LED disco bulb. (It's our official testing bulb) ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

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So delighted to have John Wackman from the Repair Cafe Hudson Valley pay us a visit! Joe changes the plug on the floor lamp, and rewires the switch on the table lamp. He and Emily tweak a record player to shut off properly and advise replacing the needle. Emily verifies Katie's headphones to be in working order. Emily also deep cleans the vacuum cleaner. D40 ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago  ·  

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Big thanks to Thompson Reuters for filming us! We got the Tesla coil from OneTesla up and running. Tony fixes a Samsung LCD TV with 75 cents worth of replacement capacitors. Emily and Rocco work on the headphones' drivers. Rich and Stephen get Garfield fixed up. Joe and Irwin declare EoL for the Nutribullet and get around a big chip on the ceramic knife with the bench grinder. Fran and Stephen get the external hard drive backing up data once again. D38 ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

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We're still fans of Chip-Quik! We miss the old space, too.Fixers need continuing education, too! That's why we took the anti-soldering class at The MakerBar. We learned about worthy parts to scavenge, conflict minerals, the current impossibility of 100% recycling of electronics, and special techniques for the removal of certain parts. Even more than using that SparkFun Electronics, Inc. hot-air station, we just absolutely love Chip-Quik! Oh yeah, we learned the real reason why M&M's weren't featured on E.T. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

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Joe rewires a locally-made table lamp and restores a vintage floor lamp from the 1930's or maybe the 1920's (mogul base). Tony and Emily clean up two flashlights and a film camera. Tony bridges solder joints to restore the main speakers on a Casio Privia keyboard. Martine and David work the fan blades on a hair dryer. Vincent extracts an embedded headphone jack tip inside a Macbook Pro. The purse handmade in Mexico needed a new zipper. The HP laser printer needed its USB port replaced. Emily restores the bad motor on the Roomba-type device. D37 ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

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One of our members want to convert and old 1914 ARCO boiler into a smarter machine with a Raspberry π but the boiler started leaking. Can't trace the leak source - could be the “pancake” layer underneath the boiler, or the top of the “water tank”. The boiler was originally a coal-fed 2-psi heating system and has been converted to use oil. The asbestos has been replaced with a thermal blanket. Any thoughts on diagnosis and repair? Sample pic by kanemojo on flickr ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

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