Sprinkler repair tip #1: Install a manual valve first—and if you can, find a buddy you trust to stand by it. I do not recommend giving this job to anyone, particularly small children (or grown-ups that act like small children), who think it’s funny to watch you get soaked.
Ever wonder where something like an iPhone 7 comes from before it winds up on the shelf? Sure they’re sleek, but electronics are also notoriously complex to manufacture—because so many difference types of materials go into them. Of the 118 elements on the periodic table, at least 70 can be found in cell phones. The supply chain for electronics criss-crosses all over the globe. Now, a new game, called In the Loop, helps you unravel it.
It’s the night before Christmas Eve and you’re frantically stitching new PJs for Jonny, or maybe it’s the day before the school play and you’re working on Little Red Riding Hood’s cape, or maybe you’re enjoying a little quiet afternoon sewing, when suddenly everything stops—the needle, the hand wheel, your heart. You’re in a jam—or at least your project is. Fear not, we’ve got some tips for you from our friend Rob Appell—host of Man Sewing and sewing machine repair expert.
Want to make sure you get the most out of your sewing machine as it ages? Then keeping it regularly maintained is crucial. Sewing machines are delicate, complicated creatures—but with a little TLC, your machine will last longer, sew better, and require fewer repairs. We asked sewing machine repair exert Rob Appell what owners can do to keep their sewing machines in tip-top shape.
Big Bird and the gang instantly transport me back to my childhood—in footie pajamas, singing along to Sesame Street’s familiar theme song. Since its premiere in 1969, Sesame Street has taught millions of kids around the globe to count, read, and sing. But Sesame Street also teaches kids something that can’t be taught in schoolbooks—the value of caring for themselves, their community, and the world. What better way to teach some of life’s greatest lessons than through repair?
Without fail, zippers are the first thing to break on a much-beloved jacket. If you’re living with a broken zipper, take heart. You aren’t the only one. I once spent months with a giant box full of broken zippers—learning how to fix them all and creating some handy resources to fix your glitchy garments. Fortunately, zippers are actually pretty easy to fix—once you know the tricks.
My boots have been through a lot—weekend hikes, snowshoeing in high country, and dozens of backpacking trips. And it looked like they’d hiked their last. I feel like I owe it to them to have another chance. So instead of just hosing them off and tossing them by the door, I decided to have a second look. The damage wasn’t really that bad. A bit of peeling in the left toe and some torn webbing that holds the laces on the right. Here’s how I fixed it.
You can’t miss the engineering marvels when you walk into the hangar at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. When I was at the facility, I saw various vintages of aircraft scattered throughout the hangar. Cranes scuttled about. Staff hustled along marked walkways, running tests and preparing instruments—a beehive of activity. What you can’t tell at first glance, though, is that these beautiful machines—new and old—aren’t just marvels of engineering. They are also masterpieces of repurposing.
Today, my friends, is a holiday. A holiday for you. A holiday for me. A holiday for people who need to take a little mental breather. Today is No Brainer Day. No, seriously, it’s a real holiday—or at least that is what the internet says. And you can’t lie on the internet. How does iFixit plan on celebrating the day? With some no-brainer repairs. These fixes are so simple, anyone can do them. Check them out on the blog.