We have a "take it apart" day scheduled, the week before electronics recycling, but this is a different twist on a similar idea. Don't throw out something that is not quite working as you expect or desire. Bring it in and see what we can do to fix it up. Is anyone interested in being a project leader for an old fashioned community Repair Shop? Stop in and chat about it, or send us a note.
If you've ever found yourself on the phone with a customer service representative telling you it would cost more to fix your electric tea kettle than to just buy a new one, you are well acquainted with the concept of "planned obsolescence." The good news is that people across the world are getting wise to the intentional design flaws hoisted upon us by clever manufacturers eager to sell more products, and are coming up with new and creative ways to salvage perfectly usable things.