Repair Stories

These are stories, written by people just like yourself, all about repair. Some end well; some end poorly, but all are fascinating tales of repair adventures. Read through some of the stories below, and perhaps you will be inspired to fix some of your own things — even the ones that aren't broken... yet.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Spudger

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Decided my mom needed an upgrade from her 3GS, so decided to buy an iPhone 4S for her. Bought one with broken screen and back glass for cheap. Got a new back glass for $5 on eBay and this kit and fixed it up. Now she has a phone that cost me less than $75 and a gift made with love.

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I can see clearly now, the cracks are gone!

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My daughter dropped the phone outside on our concrete steps. Not a pretty site.

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New battery for iPod Gen 5 30GB. Worth. It.

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This might've been the most fun I've had for $15...

My iPod battery tanked a few years ago, and because I'm stubborn, I held onto it.

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My partner dropped his MacBook Pro and damaged the top case

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When arriving home from a holiday, my partner's MacBook Pro was in a soft bag that he left on top of the kitchen counter. As he went into the garden, the bag collapsed and spread it's contents over the flag-stone floor - including the MacBook. Result, a bent upper case.

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Solution to a MacBook Pro 17" Mid-2010 flashing disk icon on reboot

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When our Macbook Pro had a graphics problem, it took me 1 month of effort arguing, testing, and lobbying to convince Apple Support that my problem on the 17" was the same problem as the 15" that had a World-Wide recall. Little did I know that a Class Action with Nvidia had already established the full extent of their bad graphics card soldering.

Thus, this was not the support road to follow even though I had found that via newsgroups, many SATA disk cable problems were signalling a systematic failure mode among MacBook Pro 17" mid-2009 and 2010 models with another potential Class Action.

So I set about to fix the problem myself.

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iPhone 5 display separated from misplaced rear camera clip

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Three months after buying a used iPhone 5, I noticed the top right corner of the screen was loose and beginning to separate from the rest of the display! Forums suggested it may be a defective battery pushing the screen out. But after receiving a new display from iFixit and opening the phone up, I found that the rear camera had been the cause of the damage. Someone had replaced the battery (it was put in crooked), two screws were missing, and the worst of all, had forced the camera housing over a small clip rather than beside it. This caused the rear camera to protrude up into the display and eventually damaged it!

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Nexus 6 Screen Replacement

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Recently I dropped my Nexus 6 and shattered the screen. This, in and of itself, is unusual. Every smartphone I have ever had had a case and a screen protector, and dropping it simply resulted in me having to pick it up. But with this phone I wanted to take care of it in a different way, and I bought this wallet[1] to consolidate all of the crap I carry around with me. I figured that the only time I'd have it out of the wallet is if I was actually using it. But I'm apparently lazy, and had the phone in my lap while driving home. By the time I got home I forgot it was there and just got out, which of course ejected the phone out onto the concrete, shattering the screen from the bottom right corner where it impacted.

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Replace broken glass on front of iPhone

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Dropped my iPhone and shattered front glass.

No warranty and upgrade on the phone was too expensive.

Repair estimate for glass alone was $70.

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New iMac Tear down and Upgrade

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No Problem. It was cheaper to buy our own SSD Drive and Memory than to buy it all beefed up from Apple.

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Dual Drive Upgrade - The Good, Bad, and Ugly

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The AppleCare on my mid-2012 15" MacBook Pro just expired, so I decided that was a good time to crack it open and see if I could extend its life by replacing the HDD with an SSD (500GB Samsung EVO 850). The Dual Drive kit would give me the bonus of using the original HDD for extra storage.

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