If you’ve never seen a tri-point—you’re probably not alone. They’re pretty rare, even in electronics. Tri-points look a lot like Phillips screws, only with three points to the Phillips’ four. And unlike the tri-wing, which has a small triangular hole at the center where the offset slots meet, the tri-point’s slots meet straight on and dead center.
We recently went to the Palo Alto Repair Café and spent some time with its founder Peter Skinner. Back in 2012, Peter read an article in the New York Times about Repair Cafés in the the Netherlands. There was nothing similar in United States at the time, and Peter was interested in starting a grassroots organization that addressed the global problem of waste. A local Repair Café was just the fix to facilitate the idea of repair over replacement.
We recently set out on a journey to shed some light on basic repair skills with a series of videos on iFixit’s Youtube channel. Our first video centered on stripped screws: how to avoid them and how to deal with them. We made several suggestions—some more common than others—and the tutorial was met with generally positive feedback. Our second video about thermal paste, on the other hand, kicked off a lot of debate in the YouTube comments section. Welcome to PasteGate, people.