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Julia Bluff is a writer, blogger, and repair advocate at iFixit.com
You guys “walk the talk”, putting in perspective the reality of what repair is about. I’m old enough to remember a time when repair was the norm, and am not originally from the US, so we weren’t generally wealthy enough to just “throw it away”, whatever the “it” was.
Not only am I glad to see and use your site, tools and experience, but I hope that you can expand to cover as much else as you can manage.
I wish I could say “may all your fixing go smoothly”, but knowing that part of what you do to help us is identify where it’s not going to, i.e. where we’ll get “stuck” (glue-related pun intended), I guess I can’t.
Keep up the good work!
It would be nice if this was not in white on a yellow background – think color blind folks and low vision. I honestly can’t read most of this possibly amazing stuff. The U.S. Government follows section 508 for guidance on web design, take a look at that and see if it helps.
My MacBookPro got a new harddisk,
my iPhone got new battery and home button.
Without iFixit I would never dare opening my delicate electronics.
THANKS iFixit !
I want to compliment you on the quality of your Website as well as the Pro Tool Set. The kit came a couple of days ago and I’m looking forward to using it to replace the rear cover on my iPhone 4s when I get the time. Too bad that you introduced the new wooden case ten days AFTER I ordered my tool kit! :) I might have to order it as back-up! …Looking forward to doing more business with you.
My husband’s screen on his iPhone was cracked and I begged and begged him to let me fix it. He didn’t and sent it off to someone in the mail blah blah blah. So then my iPhone 3gs battery swelled up so big it cracked the case and I took advantage of this opportunity to fix it myself. I ordered the parts from iFixit and presto chango voila and all that. My husband is now willing to let me fix his phone IF it breaks again. yay!
I teach technical writing at a community college and using iFixit.com to repair my own stuff, I use it in class as a sterling example of instructions well done. Viewing the site in class usually evokes a few ‘I fixed it’ stories from my students.
Fantastic infographics! Funny too. Love your work :)
Ever since I was a kid I’ve opened and fixed things, and been amazed at people who cannot handle a screwdriver, and automatically just throw something away or — just as bad — bring it in for repair at obscene prices when it’s so easy to fix. I’m even more amazed at how much awe they have at my own willingness to figure it out and just FIX IT if at all possible. (e.g. a simple light switch — duh!!!) My family has no idea how many thousands of dollars I’ve saved us, and cannot see the logic behind “Why spend 2 hours and $200 to get a new one, when I can spend 20 minutes and $0 to just fix it???” (Like the light bulb inside the microwave — even GE will sell me the bulb and its integrated plastic holder, with instructions, for about $6, and they’ll do it happily.)
After all these years, it is SO NICE to see there are others out there like me. I always tell “typical” people “If you can’t fix it, you don’t OWN it!” But only ifixit people seem to get it. Oh well….
Hooray to iFixit for making it cool to repair rather than replace. I challenge other iFixit readers to look beyond electronics, take the plunge and repair their own cars, plumbing and houses. There’s a wealth of information in the web that will help you do it. You might need a few more tools but it’s not any harder … it’s just different! You’ll save money and when you know how things work you’ll be able to spot problems when they’re still minor and cheaper to fix.
Thanks iFixit. I too remember when you fixed whatever was broken. We have to get away from the “throw away, newest latest greatest” attitude.
Yeah, sometimes new is better, but sometimes it’s just newer and often not better. Sometimes it’s just cheap environmentally poisoning plastic junk.
Love the ” mail your car in ” for the free car wash.
Look forward to the New Camera and SLR Lens repair guides. Hint, Hint!
I never had an iPhone, until someone gave me a broken one.
Without you, it would’ve been impossible for me to even fixing things. I took the phone apart, bought new parts and look! I have an iPhone now (:
Thank you for your awesome repair manuals! Keep up the good work!
From a Spanish happy iFixit user. Keep the hard work and I’ll keep shouting from my window “iFixit!!!!!” everytime I use your manuals.
Yep, police guys come often to my house…
It is hard to say, I discovered this site and it honestly helped me and saved mt life, because my Mac Book went down and I am the middle of setting up my web site. I trouble shot and ordered parts here, and even was able to repair my Iphone. Yes this site will have a link on my site. buttinthesaddlebikeshop.com
Now if there are some web people that can and will help me work up my site, It will be appreciated. And I will put your link on it too. that would be the leased I could.
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Repair is noble.