Some things are funny. A busted seam at a wedding is not. Despite the glamour of wardrobe malfunctions, there is some serious Facebook blackmail to be held against you if you aren’t prepared.
Here at iFixit we are all about being prepared. We’ve got a thirsty bag for your aquaphilic phone, we’ve got the fix for your gaming death stare, and now we even have sewing supplies—including Tenacious Tape and the Sweater Stone—to keep the textiles in your life together.
So how can you repair your well-used and much loved clothing? Here’s our list of the top five sewing repairs you should know, or face the consequences.
1. Sew a button. It’s simple—just four holes. But many people don’t know how to sew a button. A missing button can lead to a disastrous peek-a-boo. Fortunately, this can all be taken care of with nothing more than a needle and thread. Read the rest of this article »
Update: That went fast! We blew threw 1,776 liberation kits as fast as a gaggle of kids with a box of sparklers. But there are a lot more people that need liberating! So we’ve dropped the price on our remaining stock of Liberation Kits to $0 + shipping.
Scenario: You’re rushing to work. Hurriedly you park and step out of the car. In that instant—pulling bags out and pushing doors closed—you drop your iPhone. Despite months (or years) of diligently protecting it, your iPhone slams onto the pavement. The display instantly shatters.
Although you may want to open your damaged iPhone—maybe to replace the display, dry out water-damage, or replace a battery—you realize you can’t. Your tools won’t open up the odd five-pointed screws holding the device together. You are locked out of your own phone.
iFixit doesn’t like this. In fact, we’re completely against it. Since you’ve bought your phone, you should be able to fix it easily, quickly, and affordably. But unless you have the proper tools, these five-pointed screws—better known as pentalobe screws—won’t allow you access to your own device. Instead, you’ll likely go back to Apple, putting down even more money, because they are the only ones who have the ability to open your iPhone. And although we are big fans of Apple’s consistently beautiful product designs, we’re not fans of iPhone imprisonment.
We are combating the problem in the best way we know how—through tools and knowledge. We are fighting for freedom. We are giving away tools. We are having Liberation Week from July 1st-5th!
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.
His movements made smooth by practice, Mark runs the shoe back and forth, rotates and repeats. He draws it away from the wheel for a moment and thumbs around the edges of the shoe, feeling for imperfections. There must have been a few, because the shoe goes back to the wheel once again.
Mark looks up and smiles. “That’s pretty much how it goes in here,” he says, gesturing around his workshop.
To call the space a workshop is generous. It’s a wooden shed tucked in a corner of Mark’s Central California backyard – the kind of place a kid would beg for permission to turn into a playhouse. And, in a way, it is a playhouse. The walls are decked with posters and lined with tools, battered climbing shoes hang in orderly rows, and an antique iron shoe form stands sentinel in the middle of the room.
Every day, Mark makes his way into the workshop, turns up the music, and sits down to work on his shoes. Read the rest of this article »
Lately, we’ve been combing through data from our community survey and collecting stories for the Amazing Break series. All those stories have taught us a thing or two about the way people go about fixing things.
We firmly believe that it’s always best to use the right tool for the job. But, sometimes, time is really of the essence. When you’ve just dropped your iPhone in a glass of Sprite or your motherboard is on fire, you probably don’t have time to wait for a box of shiny new tools to arrive in the mail.
In these cases, you may need to resort to some improvisation. Here are a few tricks we’ve collected from our own experiences and those of our users:
How long do you want your car to last? If you’re driving a leased automobile, you don’t have to worry about that question. Still, it’s an important consideration for people that still are holding onto their pink slips three years after driving their cars off the lot. Some folks consider 100,000 miles the end of the road. For others, the 100,000 mile mark is merely a pit stop. Americans are keeping their new cars longer—nearly 6 years compared to 4 years in 2003.
The average lifespan of American cars, including used ones, is up on the whole. We’re squeezing over 10 years out of our vehicles. If you’re planning on keeping a car or truck on the road for at least a decade, you’re going to have to do more than change the oil and replace the tires.
This is the third in a series of posts we’re calling “Repair Smarter,” with tips and tricks for how to make your repairs go more smoothly.
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:
1. Stuck on You
As we’ve noted, some electronics manufacturers are overzealous with adhesives. Consumer electronics are often plastered with glue, double stick tape, and thermal pads. While adhesive shouldn’t bar your repair, you don’t want to damage electronics when trying to get around the sticky stuff. Try gently peeling or prying up the adhesive. If that doesn’t work, you can apply heat to loosen some adhesives. A heat gun or hair dryer usually does the trick. Always start with minimal heat, as heat can warp some electronics. Keep the heating element a good distance from the device. Read the rest of this article »