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.
Fewer upgrades means less waste. That’s why we like phones that we can easily fix and use for as long as possible. But spotting a repairable phone in the wild can be challenging, especially if you haven’t torn a bunch apart like we have. Here are a few things to consider when buying a new phone.
Our dogs have inadvertently demolished multiple vacuums. Not even the top-of-the-line vacuum stood up to these (adorable) beasts and their constant, insidious shedding. Here are a few things I’ve learned about protecting your vacuum from pet hair. And some guides to rescue your vacuum if it gets choked up on Fluffy’s fur.
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.
Here at the iFixit offices, most of us Reddit… hard. And while the “front page of the internet” is great for aww-some animal gifs, it can be a good resource for other things, too. There are around 70 million users on Reddit every month, and they can teach you how to make, build, hack, and fix just about anything—you just have to know which subreddits to look in.
Lots of people will be lining up the night before the September 21st iPhone 5 release to get their grubby hands on the glossy screen—us included. We won’t shame you for wanting something new and shiny. But if your old phone is no longer up to snuff, you don’t have to shell out your hard-earned cash for a new one. Battery won’t hold a charge? Screen cracked? Camera stopped working? Fix it! Today’s task is to learn how and why to fix your gadgets instead of replacing them.
We say it a lot, but in honor of Earth Day, we’ll say it again: repair is green! Fixing stuff keeps it out of landfills and keeps green in your wallet. It’s also a great day to share your repair know-how with the rest of the earth. Today is the two-year anniversary of the day all our repair guides became wiki-editable and we launched our guide-creation software, Dozuki, on iFixit.com. We now have over 3,000 user-submitted repair guides. Can you fix something we don’t have a guide for? Make one!