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Candy Johnson instructed Karla Petermann and Naina Palathinkal in the clothing Fix-It Clinic. (Contributed photo)

Fix-It Clinic demonstrated basic repair skills

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Community Education held the first of three Fix-It Clinics for bicycles, electrical repairs and clothing on Wednesday, May 15.

Approximately 15 participants learned from demonstrations and hands-on experience as they were guided through fixing various projects.

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The goal of the clinic was to provide demonstrations of basic repair approaches. In addition, participants with a specific item to be repaired had volunteers available to supervise that repair.

Volunteers included Van Gooch, a retired college professor from University of Minnesota Morris; Gordy Weiers, manufacturing engineering specialist from 3M; and Steve Pederson, from Douglas Machines.

They shared their electrical knowledge and demonstrated how to add a switch to a cord, replace a plug on a cord, replace a light socket, use a voltmeter to narrow possible problems with a device and find instruction/repair manuals on the Internet.

Candy Johnson, a retired instructor from Alexandria Technical and Community College shared her clothing repair skills and taught participants how to replace a button, add a snap, attach a hook and eye, repair a hem and repair a seam.

Jorge Odio Jr. and Ross Smith from Bike and Fitness demonstrated chain maintenance, tire and tube change, cable change, lubrication and adjustment, and gear maintenance and adjustment.

The clinics were designed to reduce the amount of material that gets thrown in to the trash, teach troubleshooting and basic repair skills, and build community connections.

For those who have an item in need of repairs that should be covered in future courses or those who know of a volunteer who would help teach at the next clinic, call Community Education at (320) 762-3310.

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