Reviving the lost art of fixing

Categories: How To
Published on: June 14, 2015

resilience.org / Ute Scheub / 12 June 2015

repair workAt the Repair and Service Center in Vienna, the long-term unemployed retrain to be “mechatronic engineers” and repair electronic devices. Founder Sepp Eisenriegler tirelessly initiates networks, projects, and cafés—all dedicated to the art of fixing things.

Dishwasher baskets. Washing machine drums. Shock absorbers. Electric motors. Fan belts. Radio tubes. Computer hard drives. Screws, screws, screws. In the basement of the Repair and Service Center (RUSZ) in Vienna’s district of Penzing, there are about 25,000 spare parts on more than 7,000 square feet, neatly sorted. The approximately 40 employees at RUSZ keep reaching for the shelves as they fix broken electronics

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