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Eric's Heroes: This one's for the 'Fixers'

This week’s episode of Eric’s Heroes is for the fixers of the world, like the Phinney Neighborhood Association Tool Lending Library and the Fixers Collective. Where would we be without you? The PNA Fixers meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Greenwood Hardware in Seattle. (KOMO Photo)

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Erics Heroes PNA Fixers

SEATTLE -- We all know someone who’s just good at fixing things. They’re the ones you call in the middle of the night when your toilet floods, or when the “check-engine” light is on in your car.

They’re the ones who gaze at your busted thing-a-ma-jig, and hem and haw, and then start pulling the thing apart while you watch over their shoulder helplessly.

They’re the fixers.

They play it off as just a knack, a thing they happen to be gifted at.

But the truth is it’s a skill born of a profound curiosity about the way things work. And from the curiosity comes the compulsion to rip things apart and put them back together again.

And when it works, when they actually “fix” something, resurrect it and bring it back to useful life… it is a heady and intoxicating feeling of pleasure and accomplishment. Or so they tell me.

This week’s episode of Eric’s Heroes is for the fixers of the world, like the Phinney Neighborhood Association Tool Lending Library and the Fixers Collective.

Where would we be without you?

The PNA Fixers meet from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Greenwood Hardware, 7201 Greenwood Ave. N. You can bring something broken along with you or just bring yourself. Find out more here.

Editor's Note: "Eric's Heroes" is a weekly series airing every Wednesday on KOMO News in the 6 p.m. newscast. If you have a good story about a good person doing good things for the right reasons, share it with Eric by sending an email to heroes@komonews.com.

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