Karcher Window Vacuum Repair

Our volunteer David P shares with us his repair of his window vacuum. This repair saved him from having to discard the device and replace at a cost of £50 to £100! My Karcher window vacuum which is about 2 years old has developed a screeching noise whilst operating. I suspected that one or both… Continue reading Karcher Window Vacuum Repair

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Volunteers Together Fix Lamp

At Repair Cafe Gosport we often look at repairs for other volunteers. At our event in December, I had time to look at a lamp from one of the other volunteers. The initial symptom was that it did turn on but an indication light did come when it was plugged into charge. This was an… Continue reading Volunteers Together Fix Lamp

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Repairing a Hot Glue Gun

A hot glue gun is a key repair tool. My hot glue gun was damaged, so it needed to be fixed. The trigger no longer pushed the glue stick into the heated extruder. It had dropped down and jammed. Dismantling the glue gun was easy by removing 6 identical screws The mechanism work with a… Continue reading Repairing a Hot Glue Gun

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No Defect Found (NDF) – Outside Lights

Some of the things that come to Repair Cafe Gosport aren’t broken but people don’t realise, however, a second person looking at the problem will often reveal this. This is a similar story, a relative asked me to help fix some outside lights they had bought but seemed to be faulty…

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Toothbrush Battery Change

Disassembled toothbrush

I have often wanted to change the battery in my Electric Toothbrush when they stop working. However, since volunteering with the Repair Cafe I have got the confidence to have a go at doing it. It started out with needing to be charged every few days rather than lasting longer but then the red light… Continue reading Toothbrush Battery Change

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Servicing an Anker Vertical Mouse

My Anker Vertical Mouse needed a service, for two reasons: As always, before starting to dismantle the mouse I had a look at a guide online, the following guide from iFixit proved a helpful source: https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Anker+Vertical+Mouse+Teardown+and+Cleaning/128679The first step in opening the mouse was to remove three sticky pads by gentling and lifting them with a… Continue reading Servicing an Anker Vertical Mouse

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Finding a replacement shade

My hallway light fitting suffered an accident whilst a new fridge was being delivered. The delivery company did offer to replace it but I wanted to see if I could replace just the one broken shade. The challenge is often finding spare parts for any fix. The shop where I had originally bought it no… Continue reading Finding a replacement shade

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International Repair Day 2022

Our volunteers were determined to participate in International Repair Day despite us not having an event on the day. So in keeping with the theme of #RepairEverywhere they went on tour in our local area. Our volunteer Keith went to Repair Cafe Portsmouth to join the team there as a repairer. He says he had… Continue reading International Repair Day 2022

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Hair Trimmer Switch Repair

My ‘friend’s’ trimmer had stopped working, so I took a look. Initially, I checked that a new battery didn’t resolve the problem. This did not solve the problem so I took a look inside. The internal circuit was quite simple, a sliding switch makes a connection between the battery positive terminal and the body of… Continue reading Hair Trimmer Switch Repair

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