Self-Repair Manifesto

I’ve previously mentioned my joy in repairing and mending things and the make do and mend philosophy. So when I discovered that iFixit were putting together free repair guides to a range of items I just had to join in and promote them.

iFixit is the free repair manual that you can edit. The idea is that a community of people can help each other to fix stuff.

Self-Repair Manifesto

We hold these truths to be self-evident:

Repair is better than recycling.
Making our things last longer is both more efficient and more cost-effective than mining them for raw materials.

Repair saves the planet.
Earth has limited resources and we can’t run a linear manufacturing process forever. The best way to be efficient is to reuse what we already have!

Repair saves you money.
Fixing things is often free, and usually cheaper than replacing them. Doing the repair yourself saves serious dough.

Repair teaches engineering.
The best way to find out how something works is to take it apart!

If you can’t fix it, you don’t own it.
Repair connects people and devices, creating bonds that transcend consumption. Self-repair is sustainable.

Repair connects you with your things
Repair empowers and emboldens individuals
Repair transforms consumers into contributors
Repair inspires pride in ownership
Repair injects soul and makes things unique
Repair is independence
Repair requires creativity
Repair is green
Repair is joyful
Repair is necessary for understanding our things
Repair saves money and resources

We have the right:
To open and repair our things—without voiding the warranty
To devices that can be opened
To error codes and wiring diagrams
To troubleshooting instructions and Flowcharts
To repair documentation for everything
To choose our own repair technician
To remove ‘do not remove’ stickers
To repair things in the privacy of our own homes
To replace any and all consumables ourselves
To hardware that doesn’t require proprietary tools to repair
To available, reasonably priced service parts

Join the repair revolution at iFixit.com

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