My job title? Director of Education Services, Senior Technical Writer, and Resident Astrophysicist at iFixit. As my side-job I am a massage therapist focusing on medical massage.
What do I do around here? Technical writing, advocacy, conference planning, project management, spreadsheet wrangling...a little bit of everything. Mostly I support our team of educators and students who are teaching the world to fix their stuff. I also serve as the stress police—issuing hugs and high-fives when duty calls.
All funny-business aside, I keep myself out of trouble with a million and one passions. Topping the charts we have solar physics, cheese-making, puppet-making, gardening, reading, cooking (and eating!), sewing, power-tool-weilding, backpacking, painting, black and white photography (you know, with "reel" film), and balloon sculpting.
A few of my black and whites
Things I Like
A few of my many adventures
La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
La Palma is one of the most beautiful places I have been.
Teardowns I've Worked On
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How to fix peeled laminate counter top?My laminate counter has warped and peeled, creating a bubble on one edge. Is there a way to fix this? Do I need to remove the...
How to fix warped vinyl siding?The vinyl siding on the house has warped, leaving a gap. I am worried that critters will get in. I know I could fill the gap,...
How do you fix uneven blinds?Every time I pull on the cord, one side of the blinds goes up before the other. The strings seem to be pretty tangled. Is the...
Answer to: How do I patch a hole in a pair of jeans?Hey David, We've got guides covering a few techniques for patching jeans, which can be found here: Jeans Repair. Personally, I like the reverse applique and zig-zag patches myself, but any of the methods should work. Good luck!
Answer to: How do you repair a rip in a fleece jacket?Hey Christina, Any or all of those, except glue, could be answers depending on the hole. If it is small enough you can iron on a patch. If it is a larger tear you can satin stitch the hole. Do not glue on a patch as it will wash and wear funny, causing more wear on the jacket. You can check out our patching guides listed below for inspiration. Any of these methods should work for a tear in fleece. Satin Stitch a Tear in Your Shirt Sew-on Patch Reverse Applique Patch Patagonia Sweater Professor Patch Replacement Zig-zag Patch Installing an Iron-on Patch Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Answer to: How to stop raincoat inner waterproof lining coating peeling?Hey Suze, If the lining is peeling it will need to be replaced. There is no easy way to do this. If you are an experienced seamstress, you can replace the panels with another layer of fabric on top. If you are unsure or need help, contact Patagonia customer service for a repair.
Answer to: Can I replace the cuffs on my Patagonia DAS Parka?Yes, you can widen them, but it might be a bit tricky. You will need to buy some longer elastic of the same width. The process will be similar to the drawstring guide we have listed here: How to fix an unthreaded drawstring It may be difficult to get inside the section of the cuff that has the elastic, which could require some stitch ripping around the cuff. Be careful, as it is easy to tear the fabric. If you need further help, contact Patagonia customer service. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Answer to: Replacing Bottom Zipper Box?Hey David, You can't repair the bottom box of the zipper. You will need to replace the whole zipper. You can follow the steps in the following guide to replace the zipper. The process will be slightly different due to the layers of the jacket. It should be easier than these steps, because there won't be any loose feathers. Installing A Main Zipper In Your Patagonia Down Jacket If you are stuck of need further help, you can contact Patagonia customer service. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Answer to: How to repair tear in patagonia rain jacketIs your jacket a rain jacket or a baffled jacket (like a down jacket or Nano Puff)? The repair process for each is slightly different. In either case, you will need to patch over the whole tear to prevent water from seeping in. You may even need to sew the old material down underneath the patch. We have a guide on how to patch a baffled jacket here: How To Repair A Baffle On A Patagonia Down Jacket For a regular rain jacket, you can apply a watch of waterproof fabric over the top and sew it down along the edge. You will want to fold the edges of the patch under so that they are caught in the stitching. You can follow the steps in this guide for a basic patching procedure: Repairing Patagonia Jacket with a Shaped Baffle If you need additional help you can contact Patagonia customer service. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Answer to: fixing loose stitching on sleeves.Hey Barbara, There are a couple of things you can do. To repair a small loose loop you can follow this guide: Repairing a Loop of Loose Stitching in a Patagonia Nano Puff ® Jacket If you need to resew a line of stitching you can follow this guide: Repairing the Stitching on your Patagonia Nano Puff ® Jacket If you have a table on your sewing machine (a plate that attaches) you may need to remove it to slide the sleeve into the sewing machine. I hope these guides help you. If not, you can contact Patagonia customer service for further help. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
Answer to: Can I re-coat my Patagonia Rubicon Rider Jacket for water repellency?There is absolutely something you can do! Use a DWR treatment like Granger's to re-waterproof your jacket. We have guides coming on this process soon...
Answer to: Any tips for preventing stiff clothes when drying outdoors?I dry my clothes on a line and I find the three simplest methods to preventing stiff clothes are to use less soap, take the clothes down directly after they are dry (don't leave them out for hours), and/or to dry them on an indoor line.
Answer to: My zipper is broken; how can I fix it?There are a number of things that can go wrong with a zipper. Before you get worried, check the zipper for debris or dirt, cleaning and lubricating a zipper can work wonders. If that doesn't work, use our Zipper Identification tool to determine what type of zipper you have, then go through the diagnosis steps to determine what is wrong and how to fix it!
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