FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our current categories of repair are: Small Appliances, Tools, Lamps, Bikes, Clothing, Equipment, and Furniture.
Dare to Repair Cafes will be on a monthly basis in the future. You can find information on our website thetoollibrary.org or Facebook.
No. Due to our limited volunteer instructors we will only be able to accommodate repairs within the specified Dare to Repair Cafe days and times.
You do not need to have a reservation to attend the cafe, but we highly recommend you register ahead of time. This helps us plan for refreshments, number of repairers, types of repairs, etc. We also encourage repairees to come throughout the entire cafe and not just the start.
It’s free! Advice and guidance from our volunteer repairers is free of charge to allow everyone the chance to actively become in engaged in reducing trash in the waste stream, but, voluntary donations are always appreciated! These donations help us to pay for space rental and material costs to host more repair cafes around Buffalo.
Unfortunately no, because our repairers are all volunteer and not a service they do not make house calls for larger items such as washer or dryers.
While we would love to fix all items that come our way, we DO NOT take donations of broken items as there isn’t enough storage or time to fix them all. Voluntary donations are always appreciated!
We encourage repairees to bring any replacement part known to them since we do have replacement pieces for some items but cannot guarantee we will have the specific part you need to repair your item.
No, we do not make house-calls to collect items which need to be repaired. Also, items must brough to repair cafes MUST be taken home with you if a repair cannot be made or recycling is not available at the host site.
In the spirit of sharing knowledge, creating community and fear of acquiring broken items, we require all repairees to stay with their item until it has been repaired or worked-on by the volunteer repairer. Instructors will only work on one item for a 30 to 45min time period before moving on to the next customer.