I have never been able to walk past a skip without casting my eye over to see what unloved item could be salvageable. I often thought about offering a free repair service but held off because I thought I might be liable for anything that subsequently went wrong.
After attending my first repair cafe last January (2019) I decided that risk was probably less concerning than I thought and started offering the service to people here and there. I particularly find it useful for repair cafe items where they need more time than the 40 minutes allocated. I strictly refuse any compensation and make it clear that I’m just doing my best, and it’s been going well.
I like collecting data and need a way to stay organised so have been asking people to submit items via web-form and giving their contact details. I then pull some of this info into a public sheet so people can see semi-live status updates on their item and also fro prospective helpees to see that it’s not just a scam for me to steal their broken appliance.
You can see my sheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rEZuwaKwRZeGgh6GVrw3fReLVGcS5K5JCwry9vJlDvU/edit#gid=0
I would be interested to hear suggestions simple improvements to be able to contribute the global data pool and to better categorise information (ideally not just for the sake of it).