General repair tips
How to search for repair solutions
You can't find a model number on your device? Then enter the brand, model and any other features into a search engine and search on images. Compare the images found with your product. With a bit of luck you will see a model number next to the pictures.
Useful resources for repair
The quickest way to find disassembly information for a device is often to feed the device make and model into your favourite search engine, appended with "disassembly". You can also have a look at the article “how to search for repair solutions”. But the results will be of variable quality and usefulness.
A beginner's safety guide to repairing
Whether you repair something yourself at home or together with others in a Repair Café: make sure that safety always comes first.
What is a Repair Café?
In a Repair Café, Restart Party or Fixit Clinic, people come together to repair broken things. Do you have broken clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bikes, toys, computers,...? Bring them to the Repair Café near you. There, volunteers will try to fix them with you.
Troubleshooting and fault diagnosis
Diagnosing the problem with a broken device is often the hardest part of a repair and can take a lot of practice. But no matter how much experience you have, a methodical approach often works best. Here are some tips for how to proceed. But first: what to avoid?
Want to go even further in fault diagnosis? The SSST method is a structured and simple methodology for fault detection and localisation. Wil je nog verder gaan in de foutdiagnose?
Spare-parts and where to get them
Spare parts can be the crucial link in getting your broken device fixed. But how can you find them, and what factors should you take into account?
Types of spare parts
Is a spare part the solution to your repair? Different types of replacement parts can be available.
The EU Ecodesign Directive
Europe has developed a new Ecodesign Directive for manufacturers, to avoid the premature disposal of electrical and electronic appliances and to protect consumers.