If you’re ready to learn some valuable repair skills, Hennepin County offers Fix-it Clinics where you can get household items fixed for free by learning how to do it yourself. Residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive FREE guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items. Events are first come, first served and participants are asked to bring in the tools they think might be needed. Upcoming Fix-it Clinics include the following:
Hennepin Clinics are held once a month from noon to 4 p.m., with the last items accepted at 3:30 p.m. Events are first come, first served. No pre-registration required.
Saturday, September 10, at Gramercy Park Cooperative
Map: Gramercy Park Cooperative
6711 Lake Shore Drive South, Richfield, MN 55423
Saturday, October 8, at Saint Anthony City Hall
Map: Saint Anthony City Hall
3301 Silver Lake Road Northeast, Saint Anthony, MN 55418
Saturday, November 12, at Saint Louis Park Recreation Center
Map: Saint Louis Park Recreation Center
3700 Monterey Drive, Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
Saturday, December 10, at Eden Prairie Community Center
Map: Eden Prairie Community Center
16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Stay tuned for updates on additional Fix-It Clinic dates
You must be able to carry items in — no oversized items. Feel free to bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job; however, our volunteers have plenty of tools, so it’s not mandatory. Be prepared to wield a screwdriver, open stuff up and, hopefully, fix it!
The following are examples of things that have been repaired at other fix-it events:
- Antique radio
- Camping lantern
- Clothing and other soft goods to mend or alter
- Dremel tool
- DVD player
- Electric hot water kettle
- Hair dryer
- Paper shredder
- Remote control
- Sewing machine
- Steam mop
- Telephone headset
- Toaster oven
Have a broken item at home gathering dust? Come to a fix-it clinic where residents can bring up to 3 small items to be repaired or mended. Bring in small household electronics, clothing and more and receive free guided assistance to fix your items. Common items include coffee pots, fans, jewelry, and clothes with tears or holes.
Sept. 17, noon–3 p.m. – Wescott Library
1340 Wescott Road, Eagan
Oct. 15, noon–3 p.m. – Pleasant Hill Library
1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings
Nov. 19, noon–3 p.m. – Farmington Library
508 Third St., Farmington
Other Do-It-Yourself workshops are available if you have the handy bug.
The Home Depot, including how to install a faucet, toilet or tile backsplash, how to program thermostat and learning about water leak prevention. Click here for a list of upcoming events at your local store.
Lowes offers their own line of DIY classes and completing a class will get you a coupon. More details here.
Menards also offers on demand classes here.
Ace offers projects and recipes that anyone can tackle here.