A good ice maker can run you over $100, and nothing is made to last anymore.  All too common makers buy home appliances only to discover that the manufacturer used a part that would wear out in under a decade.  These mini switches are $5 a bag on amazon, and if you have the time to kill, you can get just the amount you need from eBay, or harvest them out of an old printer.

This repair was done using the soldering station at Makers Local 256.

Makers Local is still mostly inaccessible to the public right now, but our newly elected board is cooking up a plan to host a socially distanced \ Covid safer public night.

When my mother was 10 years old, my grandfather purchased a rotating tree stand.  They don’t make them like this anymore.  It’s sturdy cast aluminum with a brush contact for powering the lights, and strong enough to rotate a real tree.  It ran for 56 years, but last year when I turned on the lights, it wouldn’t make a full rotation without throwing the house circuit breaker.  Pictured below is my Karosel Model R-100-B manufactured by the Kresky Manufacturing Company.

I opened it up and performed an inspection:

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On Nov 25th makers Michele and Jeff Cotten were able to visit Athens Makerspace in Greece.

Pictured above are Michele, Jeff, and Constantinos Zervos, one of the founding members of Athens Makerspace.

Athens Makerspace had just recently celebrated its two year anniversary!

Pictured above is the global map hung up at Makers Local 256.  Jeff and Michele are pointing to the new pin inserted at the Athens location.

What you likely knew about the enthusiasts of makers local is that we drink a lot of soda.  What you may not have known is that we recycle every can of tasty beverage we slam down, but it’s not always taken to the local recycling center.  Some days are melt days.

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