If you are anything like me you have thrown many gadgets away, because finding someone to repair them is difficult these days. However, recently I have started to try repairing them myself.
You have to approach with caution, because in many cases you are dealing with electrical gadgets. Of course, that means there is always a risk you will make a mistake and the gadget will go bang or catch light. However, in reality this is a small risk, but do think about it before attempting a repair.
Cost Your Repair Out
Sometimes it is cheaper to replace the thing that is broken. Look at the cost of doing so, including the cost of buying something second hand. Find out how much the parts cost including parts, factor in your time and decide whether to repair or replace.
If you decide to replace, see if you can get anything for your scrap gadget. You will be surprised what people will buy, but be honest about the fact it is broken.
Using the internet, spares are relatively easy to source. A good search engine will usually find what you are looking for. Sites like Amazon and Ebay are very good. Bear in mind not many of the spares you find, these days are original, so your repair may not last as long as the original parts did.
Making the Repair
Before deciding if you are going to attempt the repair understand what you need to do. Look on YouTube and other sites for instructions. Ask yourself, have I got the tools to carry out this repair? Or can I borrow them? Having to buy new tools to carry out the repair can make it too expensive to be worthwhile.
Get Professional Help
If you need help in working out what is wrong with a gadget and buying the right spares, sites like JustAnswer are very good. Experienced repairers and technicians answer queries in their spare time. They are very knowledgeable, but you will need to give them very detailed information.
Repairing gadgets takes time. However, you will get faster and could consider offering your services to others if you get good at it. Alternatively, you could buy broken items or pick them up for free from people’s homes, repair them and sell them on. You never know you could build a small business on your repair skills. It is actually a very interesting hobby.