Repaired Things

Makeshift Exhaust Pipe Support
July 30, 2012, 7:06 pm
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My exhaust pipe ring snapped right outside the Lincoln Tunnel. It was dragging on the ground! I was meeting Anne to get her apartment key because I locked myself out and had to prepare for a gig in a few hours. I tied up the exhaust pipe with an extension cord. Those things are so handy ­čśÇ It held for a week until it was convenient to get the replacement ring. $7. And, the cord still works, I believe.
Michael Durek

Fixers Collective Workshop
June 3, 2012, 8:06 pm
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Fixers CollectiveNURTUREart, May 19, 2012

This vacuum and my blender couldn’t be opened, because they were designed with specialty screws, requiring specialty screwdrivers to open. But the Fixers have rigged one, which they have at their usual space at Proteus Gowanus. I’ll have to take my blender there next time!

This sewing machine was missing a small but important piece. Victor had a spare piece of plastic and it did the job.

This lamp took center stage at the workshop.

Emergency Phone
January 31, 2012, 1:43 pm
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I love this post by manna from brooklyn and all the components of this repair:┬á duct tape, broom handle, wire splicing…I think Rube Goldberg would have approved.

The possibility of desperate times calls for desperate measures.


Muchos duct tape.

And . . . more duct tape.

Made it to the phone line!

Yay, municipal infrastructure!

The Camera Doctor
December 23, 2011, 9:13 pm
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Inspired by Karen’s post about her cobbler’s workshop, today I’m sharing photos of a tiny booth in a shopping center in Bangalore, strewn with cameras in various states of repair.

My flash was stuck, so my host, Shamala (the lady on the right), took me to see him. He put his ear up to my camera and listened to it. Then he gently pressed a few buttons and the flash popped out. No charge.

This guy is intimate with cameras. He knows what they’re supposed to sound like.

Here’s his workbench:

In the US, we’d probably have to send our cameras back to the manufacturer, which would take days if not weeks and cost an arm and a leg.

Improvised Tripod
October 9, 2011, 2:11 pm
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Jiyoon Koo’s improvised tripod. It looks like she used a ladder, tape, and an iPhone.

She was documenting her project, 100 Folding Paintings.

September 8, 2009, 11:59 am
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As seen in Johnson, Vermont:


September 5, 2009, 8:47 pm
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In this repair, the metronome arm was replaced with a toothpick.