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.
Even if you’ve stripped the screw so badly it’s a hollowed-out shell of its former self, you still have options. Our very own Gwendolyn Gay has put together a few tips and tricks for what to do when you’ve stripped a screw. So you can get back on the road to repair.
This year, the iFixit team has launched the repair pledge. Thousands across the globe have already taken the pledge. They’ve committed to foster repair education, combat throw away culture, and stand up for our right to repair. Now, if adding another resolution to your list sounds a bit daunting—that’s alright. Diving into a repair can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. So I’m going to help you out: Here’s a list of 5 easy repairs to help you keep your repair resolution.
iFixit is combating the Pentalobe screws of iPhones by having Liberation Week from July 1st-5th! We will give out two iPhone Liberation Kits to the first 1,776 freedom fighters to sign up. But why two? We don’t think that freedom should be contained—it should be spread. So when you sign up, you will be gifted a kit for yourself and a kit to pass on to a friend. We are enabling you and your comrade during this fight for freedom! Because if you can’t fix it, you don’t own it.
Mark Sensenbach perches on a stool, back slightly hunched, eyes down, brows narrowed in concentration. His hands, toughened by mountains and work, maneuver the rubber sole of a climbing shoe against a sanding wheel. Mark started the shoe repair business, Recycle Resoles, almost two years ago. He’s one of only a handful of guys in California who resoles climbing shoes. Read about this repair master on iFixit.org.
For some auto owners, working on a car is pure joy; they’ve pulled the hood release lever nearly as many times as they’ve turned the key in the ignition. I am one of those strange individuals. If I can perform a repair in my garage with basic hand tools, I do it myself. In my 2006 Ford Focus, I’ve replaced the shocks and struts, springs, brake discs and drums, pads and shoes, spark plugs, fuel filter, brake hoses, and transmission fluid. I’ve saved over $1,000 in labor by getting my hands dirty.
Sometimes, repairing electronics is hard—especially if this is your first time at the rodeo. Don’t worry. We got you covered. Here are five more tips for electronics repair that we think everyone should know: this week, we weigh in on adhesives, using the force, and screws.
The insides of gadgets are complicated, as you know if you’ve ever seen one of our teardowns. But don’t let that complexity intimidate you. A little reading goes a long way—even people who have a lifetime of experience with circuitry need to brush up every now and then. Here are some tips to help prevent damage to you and your device, so your repair comes off without a hitch.
Since I started working at iFixit, I’ve discovered that I’ve been screwing stuff in wrong my whole life. It’s hard to admit. Screws seem so blindingly obvious, don’t they? Stick the driver in the hole, twist and shout. But in the true sharing iFixit spirit, here’s what I’ve learned. Maybe you can learn from my mistakes (or just laugh at them, if you figured this stuff out long ago).