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Thrifty Fun: Three ways to fix your stuff

Gosh darn it! Things aren’t made to be FIXED these days! Stuff breaks and it has to go in the bin!

Many a rant of this kind has filled my mouth. I do so hate our throwaway culture. So when I discovered a few tricks to fix stuff I was super-high-fiving-everyone-happy.

1- Ifixit, the ultimate guide to repairing stuff. People have uploaded repair manuals from everything from ancient washing machines to iPads. This is ESPECIALLY good for those of us who love second hand shopping- when a repair manual never comes with a product. A repair manual, some time, a screwdriver and you are SET!!

2- One of the problems with fixing stuff is that you call the manufacturer and and they have moved on! They have stopped manufacturing the parts. People like Parts Planet (NZ) and Parts Master (UK) stock a LOAD of random old and new parts for everything from cars to cookers.

3- Descale it! Okay, so it isn’t the answer to all your stuff but it will work for a mountain of stuff! Anything that uses water will commonly break primarily due to a build up of scale- even in places where the water isn’t seemingly linescaley. So let your first step, before you get the repair manual out, be a quick descale. Kettles, shower heads, coffee machines, irons, taps; all will work a million times better with a vinegar soak or an official descale tablet.

Have you get any tips for fixing stuff?

PS Yeah, I realised I categorised this under Thrifty Fun, a wee joke of mine, me hearties.

10 comments on “Thrifty Fun: Three ways to fix your stuff

  1. Another great place for spares (Arty least in the UK) http://www.espares.Co.uk – we’ve repaired the door on our otherwise perfect tumble dryer twice through them.

    I think its worth thinking about repairs and longevity when buying stuff (especially big appliances) – I search for reviews that have taken the thing apart, as they tend to give you and idea of how ready it will be to repair it yourself (if the reviewer can easily take it apart, I tend to think I can too!)

    Also Sugru (when you wasn’t a rubbery repair) and hot water mouldable plastic (can’t remember the brand name but Maplins sell it) are both very usefultoo!
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  2. Thanks for posting this just about a week before I picked up my laptop by the top of the screen and cracked it… ditzy? me? I didn’t find exactly the repair on Ifixit, but it inspired me to search for a repair tutorial anyway and now I have a shiny new self-installed laptop screen at a fraction of the price of buying a new laptop :D I also got up the courage to take my camera apart and get rid of the nasty piece of dust that was causing black splodges on all of my photos.
    On another thrifty note, my bf came across a friend of his in the act of throwing out a lovely leather shoulder bag and persuaded her that it could have a new lease of life on my shoulder. For free. I am so proud of him! :)

    Keep up the thrifty work!
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