Vehicle and Tool Junkie.
Oh, and I work at iFixit as Chief Tool Officer too.
Dump Truck, bought and fixed at 18
Business card at 17
I am an autodidact. I did not attend school growing up. My family provided me with an excellent education at home, leaving most of my days free to tinker as a child. Broken or not, I took apart anything I could get my hands on. Most got put back together, and most of those worked. I learned that with the right tools and information, I could fix anything. Even without the tools or manuals, with some care, I was usually successful. I search craigslist for words like “needs”, “broken”, and “mechanic”.
I love vehicles of all sorts, especially vintage, exotic, and grey market ones.
Smart Roadster snuck in from Germany.
I want to drive them all, and have driven most. When I couldn't buy it for a bargain and fix it for myself, I borrowed it, providing vehicle services for collectors - Repairs, brokering, detailing, showing, or towing.
Tuning up Pat Boone's Suzuki GT
Yes, there are people don't have time for their own toys, and will pay people to play with them for them!
Paid to cruise Hollywood in a West Coast Customs Grand National.
No I can't land it. Can't even really fly it, but what a rush trying!
Did I mention I love bikes?
Vespa "Faro Basso" only sold in Italy. Most likely brought back by returning GI.
All original paint 1964 Vespa, full nut & bolt "Teardown", detailed, and mechanically rebuilt.
Mostly Vespa Scooters, especially unrestored original examples. I've owned pretty much every model built from 1952-1981, most of them several times, along with other random vintage scooters and mopeds.
The first engine I ever rebuilt was in a Vespa. When it roared... well putt-putt-putted to life, I was Dr. Frankenstein! Repair is my muse. There is nothing like pulling a long forgotten bike out of a shed, and bringing it back to life.
I'm not just a Vespa freak, I like all types of vintage bikes, especially European 2-strokes. I've owned my fair share of bigger bikes too, but there is something about pushing a 125cc bike to its limits that is difficult to duplicate on a bike with 10x the displacement.
Short lived chopper phase
They say I’m Bike-Curious. I love them all.
I love the rare and unusual bikes. Bikes brought back by GI's from overseas years ago or imported by a collector, torn apart and never put back together? I'm there to pick up the pieces and breath life back into it.
Mobylette Grand Touring imported from Netherlands
1967 Puch All original
1996 JDM Yamaha YB1 imported from Japan.
PAV40 Scooter Trailer imported from Czechoslovakia
I said I was a Vespa freak, I even play one on television.
Pool at Hearst Castle
View from secret swimming hole atop waterfall
I love the Central Coast, I grew up here playing outdoors, and make the most of the sunshine and amazing resources around us every chance I get. Swimming holes (and the occasional nice pool) are my favorite getaways.
To sum it up, work or play, I’m almost always surrounded with tools, At iFixit, tools are my domain: http://www.ifixit.com/Tools . I source, test, and photograph tools all day.
crwdns2890332:0Is there any risk of Static Discharge when using with this tools?crwdne2890332:0The handle in the Essential Electronics Toolkit has 3 o-rings on it, there is a very faint chance they could generate/store a charge, but doubtful. The fact the handle is aluminum and there is very little non-grounded surface on the o-rings makes it very safe. The 64 bit driver kit handle Mako Driver Kit - 64 Precision Bits or 64 Bit Driver Handle for just the handle is ESD safe as it's all metal. (EU store link: https://eustore.ifixit.com/en/Tools/Tool...-Bit-Driver-Kit.html ) The handle is aluminum, a conductor, and it is not static generating. If you are taking very basic ESD measures (you are grounded to your work with an anti-static wrist strap) then it is very ESD safe. If you are not taking basic ESD measures like grounding yourself to the work environment and device you are working on with a wrist strap "ESD Safe" doesn't matter, any movement you make or tool or item you touch could potentially conduct through you and the driver handle to damage a circuit. Non-metalic handled tools are different....
crwdns2890332:0Ghost clicks after 3 minutes of usagecrwdne2890332:0I recently had a similar issue on my iPhone 5. The glass had separated some from the LCD and dust had gotten in there. It would open apps, type gibberish in text messages, etc. Replacing the display assembly fixed it. iPhone 5s Screen Replacement
crwdns2890332:0Why can't I find the Torx T6 security driver tool anywhere?crwdne2890332:0iFixit manufactured a Torx T6 Security driver for a short period. We could not find any real-world applications for it at the time and discontinued it. Our EU store still has some limited stock http://eustore.ifixit.com/en/Tools/Drive...-Wrenches/TR6-Torx-Security-Screwdriver.html Apple has recently started using this fastener in the Mac Mini, and we should have a solution in stock in the USA by 10/24/2014. TR6 Torx Security Screwdriver
crwdns2890332:0Heavy Duty Suction Cup brokecrwdne2890332:0All of your order paperwork, as well as your order confirmation, shipping, and check up emails sent should all have both email and phone contact information. A quick phone call will get you replacements sent right out.
crwdns2890332:0How do I fix my broken odometer?crwdne2890332:0Since it is trying to display what looks like valid correct numbers, and not completely scrambled, I'm guessing it's a connection issue. It might be the plug under the dash that plugs into the odometer, or it maybe the actual contacts on the LCD panel. There is often a rubbery strip that runs along the edge of an LCD panel that acts as the contacts for the display. Sometimes the adhesive comes unstuck, and the LCD will display like that. I have re-glued them down and had them work happily again. If you have to replace your LCD, since it is digital the mileage maybe stored in your ECU? in which case I would expect it to keep the correct mileage.
crwdns2890332:0Tip: A wooden Mancala board makes a great sorting tray!crwdne2890332:0iFixit sells a sorting tray now, a tool we've used in house for a long time on all our teardowns and repairs. If you are doing any repair with more then 4 steps, I highly recommend it. Nothing worse then reassembling, and not being sure which microscopic screws go where.. Sorting Tray
crwdns2890332:0does the new parts come with the cablescrwdne2890332:0You don't want to damage the plugs on the logic board that they plug into, and it's a bad idea to destroy any part, new or old before you complete your repair. Also, not everyone using the guide is replacing those parts, some are opening the phone to do other repairs.
crwdns2890332:0Why my phone memory shows that fullcrwdne2890332:0First I would update your phones firmware if you haven't done so already. Depending on your carrier, this is usually done by dialing a * (star) followed by a number. Next I would try to rule out the SD memory card, I would test a different card in it and see if the problem persists. After that I would try removing and re-installing your battery to force a hard reboot if deleting all messages and media files then updating your firmware doesn't clear up any memory.
crwdns2890332:0GE Microwave Oven jes1451 will not turn oncrwdne2890332:0Does it show anything on the display but won't start? If there's nothing on the display, checking that there's continuity (unplugged of course) on everything that's obviously between the end of the power cord and fuse would be about as far as I could recommend. If the display is working, I would look to the interlock switch for the door. There is always an interlock on the door of microwaves that prevents them from operating if the door is open, see if you can access this, and test continuity on it and the wiring that leads to it. I know you obviously have a multimeter, but for other users, to test continuity, you would use a Digital Multimeter to test fuses, wires, and switches.
crwdns2890332:0Battery white wire soldering pin destroyedcrwdne2890332:0That solder contact passes through the board, so you maybe able to attach it from either side. Have you carefully removed all the solder: Desoldering Braid I've found if I desolder those contacts first, the job goes much smoother and the end result is cleaner.