Us RUDE Guys were busy this year travelling to and volunteering at 42 community repair events around Victoria, Australia.
We know of no other married and retired couple volunteering their time most weekends in this manner, and at their own expense. If you do, please let us know.
This year we plan to decrease the different repair groups we attend and select those that more meet our needs. Easy travelling to a location with parking is important to us. And of course, the event has to fix electrical items as that is Danny’s expertise and best use of his volunteering time.
In winter we prefer the later start events i.e. 1pm to 4 pm however this year we may not attend as many during the colder months.
We are also keen to support any groups that are launching repair events providing we are available and do not have any other commitments.
“A fb group called journey to zero waste and journey to zero waste uk would love to see this.” Alice / Textile Tatters+Rags
“I do the same thing with cuffs on sweat shirts.” Carolyn / Textile Tatters+Rags
I know most people would have chucked away these old work-issued bamboo socks but it was not going to happen on RUDE Girl’s watch.
Using the tops from RUDE Boy’s old socks that were worn or not being worn, I used these to replace the tops on good ones whose tops had lost their stretch.
The leftover textile will be re-used to polish my little collection of secondhand leather shoes and for other projects.
Also, if bands are okay and socks are not, I have been know to use the bands to lengthen the arms of my long sleeved tops or add a band to them.
Beat The ‘fast fashion’ Man and revamp your socks, if you can!
“Fixedness of purpose is at the root of all successful efforts.”
“Hi, I’m trying to fix my “My Lock 534” the balance wheel is not moving it’s seized. I have watched your video about it but I’m still stuck I have oiled everything and opened it all up can you tell me exactly what part you hit with the hammer so I can try that.”
We RUDE Guys aka Mend It, Australia oftentimes get private messages to help people fix their things.
There is only so much help you can give online but we do try to do our best to encourage DIY attempts because we know it’s the best feeling to research the problem and then give it a bash and succeed!
In the above example, we did not recommend that Katherine bash her overlocker with a hammer. Rather we asked her if the machine had been in storage. And yes, it had for over a decade. It had seized because the oil had gummed up inside it.
RUDE Boy recommended that she use a hairdryer to warm up the metal and oil and rock the handwheel back and forth.
Read the outcome here.
Using a hairdryer is a skill most people possess! Beat The Man and DIY within your capabilities.
Us RUDE Guys [Mend It, Australia] volunteering at Highton Repair Cafe in Geelong on 10 November 2018
“Freedom, sanctuary, home-making, risk-taking, scholarship, self-understanding, community-building, democratic self reliance, artisanal pride, low environmental impact – we tinker. therefore we are!” Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture
“Volunteering is not so much about the wins and rewards, but the wonderful other volunteers you meet along the way in achieving your goals”.
“When did volunteering change from ” here’s what I have to offer”, to “here’s what you will do”? I volunteered only to be voluntold! Sorry but my experience has been “here’s the list of hoops you will jump through, then we might use you”.
Thank you Ballarat Repair Cafe for interviewing us RUDE Guys for your informative blog, and for sharing our Mend It story.
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