ReMake:  DIY Repairs

The article I contributed to the first issue of MAKE was about fixing my daughter’s iPod Mini. The stem for the earphones had broken off in the socket. To remove it, I had to break into the iPod Mini, using a hairdryer to melt glue that held the plastic top in place. I had to search all over to find instructions on how to do it.

I saw this press release today for RapidRepair.com that “lets device owners order parts online and do repairs themselves, auickly and affordably.” We need more services like this one that extend the lives of the gadgets in our lives. I like that they provide guides that allow you to make the repair yourself. I took a screenshot below of iPod Nano disassembly.

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Rapid Repair offers a complete line of replacement parts for many of the most popular electronic devices and game systems, as well as repair tools and guides to make the job easy.

“Many people who own these products are technology-savvy to begin with,” said Aaron Vronko, co-founder and service manager of Rapid Repair. “We’ve made it easy to do the repairs that are within their skill set by making available the parts they need, as well as any tools they may require, which allows them a great way to get the repair done at a savings. For those repairs that are beyond what they’re comfortable doing themselves, we’d be happy to do the repair for them with our usual affordable rates and quick turnaround.”

Rapid Repair stocks a complete line of parts available online for iPod, iPhone and Zune MP3 players, as well as for the most popular Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo game systems including the latest generation handhelds and consoles. Parts range from a plastic center frame for the Zune Flash to an 8GB mainboard assembly for the iPhone. Several tool kits are also available, as well as repair guides and troubleshooting help to get the ball rolling on disassembly of the device and the DIY project itself.

Parts, tools and guides are available at www.rapidrepair.com
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2 thoughts on “ReMake: DIY Repairs

  1. ifixit.com has great disassembly guides for most of the iPods and the MacBook / Powerbook line.

    When I used a Dell laptop (about five years ago) I was thrilled that Dell posted a complete disassembly guide on their own web site! Came in very handy when I needed to replace the LCD…

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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