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What it isn't

It isn't going to show you how to fix a particular make and model of device, which we leave to the various fix-it sites and many disassembly videos. Here, we concentrate on basic and widely applicable principles. You can also get help with a particular device on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @RestartProject.

Who is it for

It's aimed at anyone with a curiosity about how things work and how to fix them. No prior knowledge is assumed. In the spirit of sharing knowledge as widely as possible, everyone is welcome to read it. To contribute, simply sign up and get editing!

Like any wiki, this one is work-in-progress. Pages referenced below in red don't yet exist but are projected.

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If you wish to reuse anything here, you are welcome do so under the terms of the Creative Commons ShareAlike Licence 4.0.

To find out more about the work we do, and our vision of changing the world's relationship with electronics, please visit us at The Restart Project homepage.

General Topics

  • The Absolute Basic skills you need to get fixing are probably less than you think, in fact you may already know most of it! Check out this list.
  • Scared to Repair? Some useful tips for complete beginners.
  • How to search - Tips on how to search for useful material.
  • Resources - Good sites for fixit or disassemble guides, service manuals etc.
  • Diagnosing faults - Common processes for troubleshooting.
  • Spare parts - How to source and salvage spare parts.
  • Case Studies - Our favourite Famous Fixes in which we learned something new, or which nicely demonstrated a diagnostic or fixing principle.
  • Finding a reliable professional - best practices and some London examples.

Contributing to this Wiki

Any registered user can edit pages, but your contributions will be moderated until we get to know you. If you don't feel confident to edit a page yourself, click the Discuss tab, then Other - Edit Discussion, and leave your free-form suggestions or questions.

(Please note that advertising is not permitted on the Wiki. Any such edits will be removed. For futher information, please see the Restarters Advertising Policy.)

Glossary of Terms

  • Glossary - explanations of all the technical terms used in this wiki (and some more).

Repairing with others

Techniques, Skills and Tools

Some really basic skills

Soldering skills

  • A Guide to Soldering from Kitronic is a complete guide to the art, including video demonstrations.
  • How to solder is a more light-hearted and amusing but nevertheless informative resource from Technology Will Save Us. (You don't need an expensive soldering iron though - it just makes it a little bit easier.)
  • Surface mount soldering - What you can do and how to do it by supplementing the tools you probably already have with a few inexpensive extras.

Fixing skills

  • Connectors (Internal) - Various different types of connectors you will meet inside your gadgets, and how to disconnect and reconnect them.
  • Connectors (External) - Many types of plugs and sockets explained that you will find on the outside of your gadgets, connecting them together.
  • Connecting and joining wires - different methods for different situations.
  • Sticky Stuff - How to stick things back together when they break.

Staying safe

Understanding how stuff works (or doesn't)

A Restarters' Training Session makes an easy introduction to the following sections down to and including Electronic Components. It consists of a presentation with audio commentary, lasting around 50 minutes.

Learn About Electronics is an excellent site if you'd like a different view of the basics, or if you'd like to go deeper.

Computers and home office


Computer Hardware


Office Accessories

Electronic gadgets

Feature phones

Smartphones and tablets (except Apple)

iPods, iPhones, iPads





Personal e-transport

Home entertainment


Household and Kitchen items

Small cooking appliances

Other small kitchen appliances

Household appliances

Garden and other power tools

Personal care

Wanted Pages

In addition to the pages marked above in red as "skeleton pages" we have identified the following subjects that we'd like to cover.

Could you contribute your knowledge and experience, even if it's only notes that someone else can refine and turn into a properly organised and formatted page? (Skeleton pages have an associated "Discussion" page where you can add any half-baked thoughts and ideas.)

  • Alternatives to iOS for older Apple devices.
  • Using a lightweight browser to extend the life of a device mainly used for web and email.
  • Satnavs.

(You can add to this list if you like!)