All The Neat Stuff You Can Do With A Hatchet, Safely

You know the book. A kid winds up in the forest with nothing but a small hand axe and figures out how to survive. A hatchet is one of the most versatile tools you can take with you in the outdoors, this is how you use one and how you'll manage to keep all your fingers and toes when you do. » 3/25/15 7:32pm 3/25/15 7:32pm

Cool photos of jet engines with their shell open

I like to see everyday objects under different, almost unrecognizable perspectives. Like these jet engines with their shells open. Above: a General Electric GEnx turbofan engine. » 11/07/14 10:07pm 11/07/14 10:07pm

The Most Common Smartphone Repairs You Can Do Yourself

Dropping your phone and cracking the screen can completely ruin your day. While most handsets aren't built to be repaired, with the right tools and a little know-how, you can fix many problems with your handset for cheaper than an insurance claim. » 2/04/14 1:59pm 2/04/14 1:59pm

What's The Biggest Repair Your Computer Has Ever Needed?

The other day I went to the Apple Store to pick up my computer and I felt like a celebrity. The person assigned to help me ran over and asked enthusiastically if I was Lily Newman. I nodded and immediately assumed that he recognized my name from Gizmodo and was about to tell me how quippy and brilliant I am. Because… » 6/30/13 2:00pm 6/30/13 2:00pm

How to Not Get Ripped Off by Your Mechanic

Even if it doesn't come with 470 HP and Wi-Fi connectivity, your car is the biggest and most expensive gadget you own. And unless you trade your vehicle in as often as your MacBook, keeping that ride in peak operating condition is absolutely vital to keeping repair costs down over its lifespan. » 3/16/13 11:00am 3/16/13 11:00am

The Most and Least Repairable Tablets on the Market

The world is awash with tablets, but if you're a nerd who likes to tinker, it's important that you buy one that isn't too tricky to take apart, repair and upgrade. Fortunately, iFixit has released a list which ranks tablets according to their repairability. » 3/01/13 3:42am 3/01/13 3:42am

The Future of Pothole Repair Is Silly Putty

Fixing a hole in a road should be easy—but the fact that our nation's highways are littered with potholes is testament to the fact that it's not quite as straightforward as it sounds. But a new solution, inspired by silly putty, could make our streets much smoother in the future. » 4/12/12 2:40pm 4/12/12 2:40pm

Instead of Fixing a Man's Laptop, Sony Sends Seven Broken Computers to…

Joe Litwin was waiting for a box to ship his broken Sony Vaio laptop in for repairs. Normal enough, right? One thing: the box never came. Instead, other Sony customers looking for repairs began shipping their broken computers to Litwin's home. What the? » 9/21/11 1:20pm 9/21/11 1:20pm

iFixit Lets You Repair Your New TouchPad Now That HP's Given Up On It

Now that HP's practically giving TouchPads away, iFixit has released their full suite of repair guides for the dying tablet, along with a WebOS app for your servicing needs. If you got one before they sold out, you'll need this. » 8/20/11 10:40am 8/20/11 10:40am

Man 3D-Prints Spare Part to Avoid Huge Ripoff

Getting a spare part has got to be the biggest pain in the ass known to the Ikea-loving world. But one man, who goes by dscott4 on Instructables, has stepped up. » 8/04/11 5:25pm 8/04/11 5:25pm

Guide: Carefully Disassemble and Fix that Broken Canon 50mm Lens

So there's Memorial Day weekend BBQ in your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens and it's ruined—shit happens! But instead of crying or buying another lens, you might take a stab at this disassembly guide for a (careful) fix. » 5/29/11 10:00am 5/29/11 10:00am

You Won't Fix My Hard Drive Because I WROTE on the Label?

Almost no one reads the lengthy terms and conditions that come with nearly every piece of technology. But here's a reason you may want to start: Toshiba is charging a customer over $400 to fix his friend's hard drive because he wrote "X Faulty" on the label. » 4/25/11 5:40pm 4/25/11 5:40pm

Japan fixed this quake-damaged road in just six days

Japan's world-class transportation infrastructure couldn't withstand this month's 9.0-magnitutde quake, but their construction teams are still amazing. This stretch of highway was repaired in just six days by a Herculean road crew. This is the triumph of Japanese engineering. [Jalopnik] » 3/24/11 3:18pm 3/24/11 3:18pm

Helmet Cam Footage Shows What It's Like To Repair a Broadcast Tower

Do you ever wonder just how paralyzingly scary it is at the top of a 1,700 foot broadcast tower? Where you're closer to the clouds than you are to the ground? Let this guy do the climbing. [Neatorama] » 9/15/10 9:40am 9/15/10 9:40am

Experts of Repair and Irony

Like ra-eeee-aaaiiiin on your wedding day, like a free ride when you've already paid, like some good advice that you just didn't take...Or like the world's best repair shop having a broken doorbell. [BoingBoing] » 8/11/10 9:20pm 8/11/10 9:20pm

Space Robot Will Repair Ships and Bring Satellites to Fiery Doom

Meet Justin, the space robot. He's clever, agile, wired to a human for control (of the robot, not the human) and he's a possible solution for fixing orbiting satellites in the post-Shuttle era. If they're dead, he can even fire them to their doom. » 6/18/10 9:00pm 6/18/10 9:00pm

Meet the Last Generation of Typewriter Repairmen

It's easy to forget how much time computer word-processing programs have saved the writing public. Before computers, any typewritten document that needed revision had to be retyped again and again. And that's hardly the end of it. » 6/01/10 4:40pm 6/01/10 4:40pm

How To: Recover From a Soda-Spill Disaster

There are few moments in life quite as sickening as realizing that you've spilled a beverage on one of your gadgets. Because of that, we've put together a simple disaster plan for dealing with beverage-soiled electronics. » 5/31/10 9:00am 5/31/10 9:00am

iFixit Expands Guides to More Than Just Macs

You know iFixit from their Mac repair guides and parts. (They estimate they're the second-largest supplier of Mac parts next to Apple.) Now they're expanding to create repair guides and manuals for everything. » 4/22/10 4:00pm 4/22/10 4:00pm