Thank you for volunteering your expertise at a Repair Cafe! Please read on for all the info you need to know to make your Repair Cafe a successful experience.
What you need to know:
Liability: Each participant will be required to sign a liability waiver absolving you (as the “fixpert”) of liability for attempted and completed repairs. You will also need to sign a waiver to acknowledge your voluntary status at the event.
Tools: You decide which tools to bring and which materials you are willing to supply. Personal tools and equipment will not be used by others without your permission. If you don't have the tools or materials needed to perform some repair projects, or are uncomfortable using your personal inventory, please let us know immediately.
The Fix: There are limits to what we can attempt to fix during this event. If you anticipate that a project will be very time consuming, it is appropriate to tell the person that it is beyond the scope of the event. You are not obligated to begin--or finish--a difficult or long repair. If you take something apart, you are not obligated to put it back together. Participants will have been warned that they may need to take disassembled items home.
Interested in participating at a Repair Cafe?
Homework: If a project will take too long or needs special equipment, we’ll have a “homework” sheet for you to complete for the participant. You may offer basic information about pre-work, a list of needed supplies, or instructions on how to finish a repair. You can also note helpful resources (e.g. YouTube videos). If the repair is far beyond the scope of the event, please try to refer participants to someone who can finish the job (in some cases this might be your business, but please provide people with alternatives), or to an end user who will take object as-is for reuse, recycling or disposal.
Safety: is the #1 concern. Please employ all reasonable safety precautions. At this event we are modeling good behavior to budding do-it-yourselfers and children, so even if you feel confident without typical safety precautions, please employ them anyway.
Your Business: If you have a repair-related business, you are welcome to provide business cards at your table. There will also be a display area to post/provide information about your business and other repair services you are aware of.