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Join us for Virtual Open Hours every Wednesday from 5 – 7 pm! Our Staff, Board Members, and Volunteers will be available to answer any membership questions and help you find tools or make a reservation. You do not need to be present for these sessions to reserve tools, however, we do recommend new members introduce themselves.

Don't Trash It...Fix It!

What are Fix-it Nights?

Fix-it Nights are free, community-based events where community members come together for the fun of taking stuff apart and putting it back together again. In this process items get fixed, rather than buying a new one and preventing throwing something away. Come and learn how things work, enjoy some good company and save an item from ending up in the landfill. 

New Temp Space

Fix-it Night will be held at a the Tacoma Public Library Moore Branch at 215 South 56th Street through the end of Summer 2024. When Tacoma Tool Library moves back to TPL Main Branch, Fix-it Nights will be held at TPL Main Branch.

Fix-it Night will continue with the same hours of Every Thursday, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm while at TPL Moore Branch.

Fix-it Nights will continue every Thursday for the foreseeable future although the location may change.

What items you can bring to a Fix-it Nights

Most items are welcome for free repair. Below is a list of item examples that community members can bring:

  • Vacuums
  • Lamps
  • Clothing and textiles for sewing and mending
  • Furniture and other items for woodworking
  • Appliances
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Toys
  • Tools
  • Other mechanical/ general everyday items

DO NOT bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, contain gasoline or have a strong odor

What to expect

ALL WELCOME! Expect to check-in, sign a waiver and watch as your item is repaired. Community members observe, learn and help if needed. 

Let us know if you plan to come and what you will be bringing (even if it’s just yourself!) No pre-registration required. Drop-ins accepted at a first come, first serve basis.

Masks are recommended but not required to be worn over your nose and mouth for the Fix-it Night events. Please stay home if you are sick.

Join us at Fix-it Nights as a Greeter

Volunteers welcome community members into the tool library, answering any general questions about Fix-it Nights, determine if the broken item is viable for a fix, help with sign-in and help with setup and breakdown.

This role occurs during Fix-it Nights which are Thursday 4pm – 5:30pm. Greeters should expect to arrive 30 minutes early for set up and stay 30 minutes after for breakdown.

The benefits of Fix-it Nights

  • Repair your stuff – bring your broken items and get them repaired by skilled fixers.
  • Community building – Meet and chat with your neighbors, connect with other fixers.
  • Waste reduction – instead of throwing it away, give your item new life by getting it repaired.
  • Learning opportunities – apprenticeships, community resources/information.

Other important information

We can repair up to two items per visit (if there is time at the end of the night, more items can be repaired).

  • You must be present during the repair.
  • There is no assurance an item can be repaired, or that attempting to fix it won’t break it even more.
  • Only bring items small enough to be easily carried in by one person.
  • Clothing and other textiles that you bring in for mending should be washed first.
  • If your item needs a part, save time and bring the new part with you.
  • Bring any manuals or extra components you may have for the item you bring in to be fixed.

Join us at Fix-it Nights as a Fixer

Your community needs your skills and passion!

We are seeking skilled fixers, sewers, student apprentices…anyone who likes to tinker… to repair items at our weekly Fix-it Nights. If you like figuring out how things work and taking things apart, come have fun with us! We are a group that likes to collaborate, learn things together and mentor those who have an interest. 

We are currently in need of fixers with expertise in repairing small appliances, electronics, computers, jewelry and eyeglasses.

Fixers can bring their own equipment and tools. We will provide small supplies and some tools. Fixers are volunteers who are not expected to have answers for every fix.

Currently fixers are volunteer only. We hope to be able to offer stipends in the future.

Want to turn your knack for repair into a career?

We have apprenticeship opportunities available. 

One of the last clock and watch repair guys in Tacoma is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated person to whom he can teach his trade. Clock and watch repair is quickly becoming a lost art, but there is still great demand for this highly-skilled work. 

Shoe repair is also a skillset that is in danger of extinction (crazy, since we ALL wear shoes!). There are several aging business owners in our area that would be happy to see their trade transferred to the next generation. 

Contact us if you are interested in these opportunities!