5 Handy Resources To Help You Fix Broken Items


When was the last time you repaired something? It's so easy for us to slip into the routine of 'buying-and-throwing' that sometimes we don't even consider repair as an option. Here's 5 great resources which make fixing things a whole lot easier.



iFixit is a wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything. Anyone can create a repair manual for a device, and anyone can also edit the existing set of manuals to improve them. Our site empowers individuals to share their technical knowledge with the rest of the world.


The Big Life Fix Documentary

The UK's leading inventors create ingenious new solutions to everyday problems and build life-changing solutions for people in desperate need.

Whilst The Big Life Fix won't give you specifics on how to fix things, it'll give you great insights into the human centred design process and the value of this process when fixing things.


Repair Cafe

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

There are over thousand Repair Cafés worldwide. Visit one in your area or start one yourself!


Bicycle Tutor

Bicycle Tutor is a website which provides comprehensive information on how to fix bicycles. Whether you're looking to fix your cranks, adjust your brakes or upgrade parts, you'll find a range of useful information.


And finally...

Yes, you guessed it. Youtube and Google are your best friend when it comes to fixing things. It's amazing what is hidden in the treasure trove of repair information online. You'll be hard-pressed not to find a tutorial on something you need fixing. Give it a go!

Tom Allen