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. We’ve collected a few tool hacks on our blog that you can use in an emergency.
I’m lucky enough to own an Apple Extended Keyboard II, which belongs to my Macintosh SE. Unfortunately, it wasn’t doing much good connected to my rarely used SE. So, I figured it would find a better home on my desk at work, where I spend the day pounding away on a crummy keyboard anyway. The internet revealed two possible solutions: An expensive and sometimes-hard-to-find adapter by Griffin, or a $16 microcontroller and some DIY elbow grease. Naturally, I chose the latter.
While the more complicated fixes on guitars—like neck issues—might require an expert eye, odds are most guitar problems can be fixed with a few tools and basic research. “These are often very simple fixes,” says musician Whalen Thompson. “All you need is a screwdriver or a wrench—whatever it takes to get these things done.” Use Internet communities like iFixit and YouTube to become a Guitar (Repair) Hero.
The Japanese art of kintsugi, which means “golden joinery,” is all about turning ugly breaks into beautiful fixes. The story goes that a 15th-century Japanese shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, set out to find an aesthetically pleasing way to repair broken pottery. His eventual solution? Adding gold dust to adhesive. Most repairs hide themselves—the goal is usually to make something “as good as new.” Kintsugi proposes that repair can make things better than new.
Over time we’ve had various people contact us about spilling wine on their MacBook keyboard, or giving their iPods/iPhones a good wash in the washing machine. Here’s a few tips in case a spill ever happens to you, whether it’s on a laptop any other electronic product.