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mywallstbetsacct8 karma

How do you fix a broken heart?

maple5311 karma

Very interested in /u/sgoldmark's thoughts on this. :) The AMA has been moved to this link - can you repost there? https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/j3xabs/i_am_sandra_goldmark_founder_of_fixup_a_series_of/

not_levar_burton8 karma

Is this a free service? If so, how are you funded? This is a great idea. I've often thought that this would be a great add on to a library or some other ubiquitous government office.

maple5311 karma

Hi there! The AMA has been moved to this link - can you repost there? https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/j3xabs/i_am_sandra_goldmark_founder_of_fixup_a_series_of/

Eisenstein4 karma

Are you in touch with Louis Rossman?

How do you feel about his efforts in enacting 'right to repair' laws? If you agree with 'right to repair', what are you doing to help further this effort?

maple5311 karma

frenchburner4 karma

Cool idea!! My question: did you make the cabinet piece behind you? It’s fabulous and I’d love to hear more about it!

maple5311 karma

yhnijb07133 karma

Is there anything you came across that is beyond repair?

What is your biggest takeaway from fixing stuff over the years?

maple5311 karma

giselanixie2 karma

What’s the most interesting story you have about an item someone brought in to be fixed?

maple5311 karma

I also want to hear this! The AMA has been moved to this link - can you repost there? https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/j3xabs/i_am_sandra_goldmark_founder_of_fixup_a_series_of/

CrassostreaVirginica2 karma

Hi maple531, your post has been removed because:

It's best to post your AMA when you are ready to start answering, otherwise it will lose visibility too quickly. Feel free to make a new post (don't forget proof) when you can join us for a couple of hours.

Please contact the mods if you need further assistance

ThePortalsOfFrenzy1 karma

So now all the questions have to be asked again in that thread? Is there not a mod guiding her on how to do an AMA?

maple5313 karma

Unfortunately! The mods were super helpful - we just had a bit of a struggle getting started! The new post is over here: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/j3xabs/i_am_sandra_goldmark_founder_of_fixup_a_series_of/

VetMichael1 karma

We have had several things break suddenly on us. Looking around to fizlx the microwave, the repair place wanted to charge us almost as much as a new oven. Then a desktop computer With a motherboard that spontaneously quit, we found that replacing it almost as much as buying a new one (and bonus the motherboard had no guarantee to fix the issue and no warranty beyond manufacturer defect). Finally, with a washing machine's motor that burned out, we faced the same issue: repair costs nearly as much as replacement.

My question is: how can we know that diving in to repair is as good (or better) than replacement? How do we cut expenses to make the decision easier? And any resources you'd recommend (especially for computer repair)?

maple5311 karma

RedditPrat1 karma

I like the idea of repairing stuff. But sometimes, it's hard for me to get motivated to figure out exactly what needs to be done, break out the tools needed, and get to work. What helps you get motivated? And what gives you the confidence you need to get started? (Does it help if you make a list? Sometimes, that helps me.)

maple5311 karma

Awesome question. The AMA has been moved to this link - can you repost there? https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/j3xabs/i_am_sandra_goldmark_founder_of_fixup_a_series_of/

Megs__1 karma

Stumbled across this post and goes along with a train of thought I’ve been having lately. I was always the kid who showed up with “Dad’s old version” of supplies for scouting functions or class project materials and HATED it as a kid, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized the uniqueness, higher quality, and emotional significance of my vintage practical use items.

The idea of quality goods (without planned obsolescence) seems to have gone extinct in America. I’ve found anything I’ve been able to hang on to that is of good quality is often an accidental statement piece or coveted by others. I’ve finally come in to my sense of style and design and I want to continue to cultivate myself with my belongings instead of being a consumer hurricane. I buy thriftily now, and seek out niche items from smaller retailers and companies that produce sustainably in America.

What will it take, and how would the economy have to change, in order to get America on a path to be more careful and considerate with our belongings (and each other!) in regards to corporate gains/profit margins/stockholders, etc? It feels like late stage Capitalism has left no room for growth in the production sector and our attitudes toward waste creation suggest a massive shift in industry as well.

Anyway, didn’t know this AMA was happening, but so fascinated by this topic! Thank you for doing something about it.

maple5311 karma

Wow this is awesome. The AMA has been moved to this link - can you repost there? https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/j3xabs/i_am_sandra_goldmark_founder_of_fixup_a_series_of/