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.
Computers have fans that clog and slow long before the computer fails. A small tear in a jacket is not a problem, until the rip catches on a branch and suddenly you’re standing in a feathery nest of down insulation. A phone battery holds less charge before it holds no charge. To be a conscientious fixer is to recognize that repair is an intervention that must occur between functioning and complete failure.
Since I announced to the world that I’m a Female Fixoholic back in September, my inbox has been pretty full. Apparently, people think I’m a repair expert. I don’t know how to fix everything, but I don’t think that makes or breaks me as a fixoholic. I’m a fixoholic because I learned not be afraid of fixing. I’m a fixoholic because—even when I fail—I’m not afraid to try, try again. Judging by the anxious emails in my inbox, I think that lack of fear is something most people, well, lack.
You’ve probably heard the stories: a garment factory collapses, killing over 800 people. Before that, a factory fire kills 112. Elsewhere, garment workers report abuse when they fail to meet impossible quotas for the day. The stories come from countries like Bangladesh and India—places that seem a world away. They come to us in sound bites and horrific images. They seem removed from our daily life. But in reality, these stories are closer than you think—maybe as close as the shirt on your back.
One of the best examples of adaptation and creative repair is jugaad. The term refers to the process of engineering or repairing through frugal means. For fans of the jugaad approach, this outside-the-box method of problem solving isn’t just for repairing a pothole or a phone—it’s an innovative business model for large or small corporations. But many argue that jugaad repair is a short term solution that’s riddled with limitations. What do you think?
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.
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.
The truth? An oil change every 3,000 miles is as necessary as getting a new smartphone every 12 months. Sure, there may be some immediate benefits, but ultimately your wallet will thank you if you hold off for almost twice that long.
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).
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) may not be a venereal disease, but you should take precautions nonetheless. The physics of static electricity and static discharge can be complicated; yet there are a few simple things that an electronics novice should know before opening their laptop or smart phone.