I’ve grown up in a family where it was the norm to make stuff yourself and not just go out and buy it, which I still enjoy doing wherever possible. The following websites are inspiring and keep up with the contemporary ‘stuff’ in our lives.
How to go about repairing your own stuff.
The ifixit website provides free service manuals, step-by-step instructions on how to fix many of your electronic appliances from your office or home, camera repairs, vehicle repairs and more. Steps include photographs, what tools you need for the job and you can post questions which will be answered by other contributors. You can edit manuals and add your own fixit manuals.
Sharing what you can make.
Making stuff, modifying stuff and sharing how you do it is what you will find on the instructables website. It could be for something you really need to make or a way to play and have fun with the stuff you make. Whether it’s home crafts, building stuff, technology or getting involved in a contest, there’s something of interest for everyone.
Since manufacturers have been making stuff designed for obsolescence, repairers have been put out of business and we’ve been forced to throw out the broken stuff and buy new replacements. Well, as shown above, people are taking back their choices and helping each other to fix their stuff and to create other stuff for play or need, often using items that would otherwise end up in landfill.
- Marta Lett
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