Marty Rippens heads up the Education Services team at iFixit, where he directs the University Technical Writing Program and develops resources for students and instructors in support of iFixit’s mission.
An experienced educator keenly interested in the intersection of human learning, emerging technologies, and sustainability, he co-founded and served as Lead Teacher of the Academy of Environmental and Social Policy, which evolved from a small learning community of 400 students on a large urban campus to a magnet high school in Los Angeles.
Marty is an alumnus of Pomona College and holds graduate degrees in Education from UCLA and in English (with an emphasis on the teaching of writing) from Georgetown University.
A former member of Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a lifelong booksawyer, and a self-avowed family man,* Marty enjoys tinkering in the garage with his three school-aged children; touring and commuting by bicycle; getting lost on hikes with his life partner; advocating for safe routes to school in his community; and quietly listening to the mountains and the sea.
- Human-Centered Service-Learning in the Online Environment: A Model for Building Relationships Between Industry and Academic Partners in a Collaborative Technical Writing Project
- Industry Innovation and Classroom Constraints: Infusing Real-World UX into the University Classroom via iFixit's Technical Writing Project
*His family means the world to him, and he’s inspired daily by their irrepressible exuberance for life, their unquenchable curiosity about everything under the sun (and over it, and including it), and their overwhelming optimism no matter the odds. He just loves them to bits.
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Answer to "How to repair or replace the rear derailleur"The following guides show how to remove and replace the rear wheel of your bicycle: (1) Rear Wheel Replacement (2) Trek 4300 Bicycle Rear Wheel Replacement And here are a couple guides to help you fix or replace the rear derailleur on your bicycle: (1) Adjusting the Rear Derailleur (2) How to adjust Rear Derailleur Cables Though not your exact model, check out this device page for a Roadmaster bicycle that may be similar to yours. On that page you'll find links to more guides that might come in handy as you repair other components on your bike. Hope this helps!
Answer to "What kind of glue to reattach back"You can find replacement adhesive strips for the Apple Watch here: (1) Apple Watch (38 mm) Adhesive Strips Check to make sure these match the dimensions of your particular watch. If you need some help completing the repair, check out this handy Apple Watch Adhesive Replacement guide. Hope this helps.
Answer to "How to find the part to go over the batteries?"This replacement cover looks like a good match for the black Studio model (though you should check the user reviews to be sure): (1) OEM Replacement Battery Cover for Dre Beats Studio Black And just in case, here's a replacement guide you may find handy while replacing the battery cover on your headphones: (1) Beats Studio First Generation Batteries Replacement Hope this helps!
Answer to "broken screen onRCA all in one tablet"Hi Thelma, This looks like the part you need: (1) Replacement Touch Screen Digitizer Glass Panel for RCA 11 Maven Pro RCT6213W87 11.6 Inch Tablet PC Be sure to double-check model number and dimensions before ordering. Hope this helps!
Answer to "What if you already pulled the keyboard not knowing about the cable."Judging from the photos in this keyboard replacement guide, it looks like the keyboard's ribbon cable is attached to the motherboard with a zero insertion force (ZIF) connector. If, when you pulled out the keyboard, the cable disconnected at the connector, you may be able to simply reinsert it following the directions in this handy guide: (1) Recognizing and Disconnecting Cable Connectors Hope this helps!
Answer to "perserving heel and soul using silicone"You may be able to use silicone to rebuild your worn outsole, though the success of this repair might depend on the product you are intending to use and the type of material your outsole is made out of (leather, rubber, etc.). A tried-and-true product specifically used for shoe repair is Shoe Goo. Here are two guides to help you complete the repair: (1) How To Fix a Hole in the Sole of a Shoe (2) Technique: How to Repair a Hole on the Shoe Sole Hope this helps!
Answer to "How do I change the gear smartwatch band?"Most watches have a pin that runs though the end of the strap and attaches via a spring mechanism to the watch itself. Although the following guides aren't specifically for the Samsung Galaxy Gear, they might help you understand the technique and tools you can use to change the bands on your particular watch: How to Replace a Watch Strap Pebble Steel Watch Band Replacement Let us know if this helps!
Answer to "Water on floor during wash/ drain cycle"The leak can be springing from a number of places in your washer. Rule out the easiest fix first. Check the water supply hoses that attach to the back of your washer. Pull the washer away from the wall and start a wash cycle. As the washer fills, look for leaks along the hoses and at the ends attaching to the washer. If you find any water escaping, the problem is a bad gasket or compromised hose. Those can be replaced by unscrewing them and replacing with new hoses and gaskets. Take your old hoses to the hardware store so you get the right replacement parts. If the supply hoses are fine but the washer still leaks while filling, then check the internal hoses for any leaks. You may have to unscrew the rear panel to look at the insides of the washer. There are a number of hoses and clamps within the machine that could be the culprit. If the leaking occurs during the drain cycle, the problem could be the pump. Replacing the pump may require you to tip the washer over to access the pump from below. If you...
Answer to "How to raise the handle bar on my raleigh m20 mountain bike"There are three ways to raise the handlebar height on your bike: adjust the stem height, adjust the stem length/angle, or replace your current handlebars with bars that have more sweep and rise. Adjusting Stem Height: The stem is the component that attaches the handlebars to the steering column of your bike. The method of adjustment depends on the type of stem that is on your bike, so first identify which type of stem you have. There are two types of stems: Traditional (sometimes called Quill stems) and Threadless. Traditional stems are often shaped like a "7" where the top end clamps onto the middle of your handlebars and the bottom end is inserted into the steering column of your bike. You have a better chance of successfully raising your handlebars if you have this type of stem. Threadless stems are usually just one straight piece with a clamp on either end: one end clamps on to the handlebars, and the other end clamps onto the steerer tube. You can only raise a threadless stem if there is any excess...
Answer to "I get error message"From a quick search of the HP forums, this error message seems to be fairly common. Resetting the system might fix your problem. Try this: Press and hold the OK, Cancel, Black, and Color buttons all at once. Then shut off the printer. Keep holding all the buttons down until shut off is complete. Others on the HP forum who experienced the same error message noted that running through this twice will force the machine to recalibrate. This is the source link to the above information. Hope this helps!
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