Fewer upgrades means less waste. That’s why we like phones that we can easily fix and use for as long as possible. But spotting a repairable phone in the wild can be challenging, especially if you haven’t torn a bunch apart like we have. Here are a few things to consider when buying a new phone.
You may have heard the term “spanner” used for wrenches before, but it also refers to security screws with multiple pinholes or slots on the screw head. The pinholes and slots act a bit like a lock. A specific bit is required for removal, making them difficult for hooligans and ne’er-do-wells to tamper with. (You also can’t jam a common flathead into the screw to turn it, as you might with a pentalobe or security Torx screw.)
Our dogs have inadvertently demolished multiple vacuums. Not even the top-of-the-line vacuum stood up to these (adorable) beasts and their constant, insidious shedding. Here are a few things I’ve learned about protecting your vacuum from pet hair. And some guides to rescue your vacuum if it gets choked up on Fluffy’s fur.
You cringe as you hear it—the horrendous crack as the iPad slips from a pint-sized hand and falls to the floor. The children gasp; the lamentations begin. The iPad is dead! They’ll never get to play Angry Birds again! Holiday road trips will be torture! Then the inevitable question: “Can we get a new one?!” We all hate when our devices break, but instead of instantly replacing a dead product—why not take the opportunity to teach your kid about repair?