Right to repair 2021

A lot of people are asking for the right to repair. Many people believe products should last longer, and therefore when broken, they should be repaired. This requires products to be designed for repair as well as support for repairers of all kinds. The goal of right-to-repair rules, advocates say, is to require companies to make their parts, tools and information available to consumers and repair shops in order to keep devices from ending up in the scrap heap. The surge in interest in right to repair is good news for consumers and environment, but it isn’t great news for those companies keen on planned obsolescence.

Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground article says that in USA both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further along.

Vice article The Right to Repair Movement Is Poised to Explode in 2021 article says that in USA fourteen states are exploring “right to repair” legislation as the movement gains steam. Whether it’s John Deere’s efforts to make tractor repair costly and annoying, Apple’s bullying of independent repair shops, or Sony and Microsoft’s attempt to monopolize game console repair, US corporations have done an incredible job the last few years driving bipartisan public interest in the “right to repair” movement. Last year witnessed monumental progress for right to repair and 2021 is expected to take the effort to an entirely new level.

In addition to the environmental impact of slowing the rate of expanding landfills there are also other benefits. A recent report by US PIRG found that repair monopolization comes with significant costs for American consumers. It also found that American families would save $40 billion ($330 per family) per year if they repaired more products and used them for longer periods. That’s of course

The French repair index: challenges and opportunities article tells that since January 1st 2021, France is the first country in Europe to have implemented a repairability index on 5 categories of electronic devices. While this index is a key milestone for the Right to Repair in Europe, it isn’t without limitations.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Techniques to repair PADS on Electronic Motherboards

    Today we are going to work on a broken graphics card from a client.
    Rebuild pads on graphics cards, how to do it the easy way.
    00:00 Intro with damage
    01:01 cleaning old tin
    04:09 repair bent pad
    05:40 repair broken track
    08:55 pad offline, what to do?
    09:24 rusty pad, how to repair
    11:10 measure the connection of the pads
    11:48 reconstruction of a pad on plate
    13:40 repair broken pad, another method
    15:58 repair two broken pads on the same line
    18:30 Rebuild pad, using a bridge

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How To Fix Water Damage – Xiaomi Phone Motherboard Repairs

    How to repair a wet Xiaomi? In today’s video we have a device with water inside, it is a water damage device and we are going to repair it.
    00:10 Check the wet Xiaomi
    00:35 Disassemble the mobile
    01:05 Visual inspection
    02:02 Check moisture sticker
    02:56 Inspection with the microscope
    03:55 Manual cleaning process
    08:13 Remove shields with the Dremel
    10:06 Measure components for short circuit
    10:41 Check the device

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How To Replace (And Spec) Filter Capacitors on Vintage Receivers

    1:02 – Disassembly/Removal
    3:55 – How To Spec and Find Replacement Caps
    7:16 – Reassembly/Installation
    12:42 – Measuring Capacitance – Was Replacement Necessary?

    In this video I replace the filter capacitors on a Marantz 2250B, but this video is certainly applicable and/or relevant to many other vintage receivers!

    This 2250B is getting a full restoration, so check out my channel if you’d like to see other videos about restoration!

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    PCB Trace Repair Method Using Epoxy | BEST, Inc.

    PCB pad circuit repair using epoxy. Using multiple angles including overhead and from both right and left angles the BEST instructor staff demonstrates plainly how to repair a PCB pad using the epoxy method. This method is per IPC 7721 4.4.1.

    Circuit Board Corrosion Repair
    How I repaired the corrosion on a circuit board.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “Leo’s law nr 3″ and it says:

    If you find the cause of the problem (you think) then Leo’s law nr 3 says:


  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A Swiss tech wizard recently demonstrated an open-source design for a user-friendly repair of an Apple AirPods Pro case—and says his goal is to demonstrate how the product “could have been easily made repairable with minimal effort.”

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ingenious way to Repair Broken Plastic Without Super Glue or Soldering Iron

    In this DIY video i show you what a professional Plastic Welder taught me, how to weld plastic without special tools ! it´s a simple DIY plastic welding method called chemical welding to repair and fix broken plastic without using a soldering iron or instant adhesive With this method you don´t need a Plastic Weling Machine or Plastic Welding Gun, it is a much more effective and durable than repairing using super glue and baking soda and don’t require special tool.
    Plastic Welders or Plastic welding machines are expensive but you can solve the problem of broken plastics watching this video called Professional Plastic Welder told me : You Can Repair Broken Plastic Wihout Soldering Iron or Super Glue.
    Enjoy this video about how to repair cracked plastic items or tools around the house or workshop.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Plastic Welding Method with steel wool. Easy way to repair broken plastics!

    In today’s DIY video, I show you a simple plastic soldering method and ways to repair and fix broken plastic using a soldering iron and steel wool to solder the plastic. With this method of plastic welding, it is much more effective and durable than repairing using superglue and baking soda, and it does not require a special tool.
    I hope you like this video on how to fix broken or cracked plastic items or tools at home or in the workshop.

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This or that?


    They said „use a potato for soldering DIN connectors“, so I do.

    The omnifixo is not a bad thing. I am using it much more often, than my „helping hand“.

    The Potato produced quite some attention, which has really astonished me. In Forum64.de, they have ordered 200 boards

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why would Scientologists care about device repairability? Some have suggested that it could have to do with the group’s electropsychometers.

    Right to repair’s unlikely new adversary: Scientologists
    “A totally unreasonable proposal.”

    The right-to-repair movement has had its share of adversaries. From Big Tech to politicians and individuals who don’t think product repairability should be government-mandated, it has been a tedious battle for a movement that has seen major wins lately. One of the most recent wins came from Apple, a former DIY repair combatant, supporting repairability legislation. But taking Apple’s place is a new entity aiming to limit right-to-repair legislation: Scientologists.

    Author Services’ letter argues that while that exemption works for the “many consumer devices” that include “unilateral ‘shrink-wrap’ licenses governing the terms of use of the software,” they shouldn’t apply to devices that “can only be purchased and used by someone who possess [sic] particular qualifications or has been specifically trained in the use of the device.” With those products, the license agreement is “negotiated and agreed to in advance” of purchase and may include restrictions that are critical to “safe and proper” device usage.

    The Scientology-tied group seeks an amendment to the exemption so that it doesn’t apply to software-powered devices that can only be purchased by someone with particular qualifications or training or that use software “governed by a license agreement negotiated and executed” before purchase.

    Before we get into what horse the Church of Scientology could have in the right-to-repair race, let’s consider whether its amendment is extreme.

    “It’s a totally unreasonable proposal,” Elizabeth Chamberlain, director of sustainability at iFixit, told Ars Technica. “I can imagine manufacturers using the presence of a ‘quick start’ guide for a product as evidence that their consumers are ‘specially trained in use of the device’ and thus denying broad access to repair.”

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Quick Poll: Is right to repair a consideration when designing your product?
    Aug. 28, 2023
    Right to repair has been gaining traction, as is the case with the new law in Massachusetts.

    Right to repair has been an issue for a very long time. Many vendors have resisted the requests to provide products that can be repaired, or be repaired by non-company personnel. Many try to force log in by using patents or licensing for hardware or locking down software using any number of methods from secure boot to authorization from the internet.

    Right to repair legislation has been hard to come by because vendors and vendor support groups have tried to derail such efforts. Massachusetts recently passed a right to repair law primarily targeting transportation platforms such as cars, but it’s applicable to things like tractors. The impact of the legislation will take time to evaluate and hopefully it will improve the design of products, which is what we’re interested in here.

    Right to repair affects everything from walled gardens to security and reliability. Many products have significant costs for maintaining them over their lifetime. The issue isn’t simple and there can be additional costs—and even savings—depending on how open a product is for repair and maintainability.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Recapping: It’s the New Bloodletting

    Replacing capacitors is no substitute for repair. It is not a panacea or cure all. Reasons to recap are discussed, as well as horror stories of recaps gone bad.

    Replacing Electrolytic Capacitors

    This video illustrates a method of “recapping”–removing and replacing electrolytic capacitors on a circuit board.

    Failing capacitors can cause a computer or electronic device to malfunction.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Yellow Glue – The Enemy Of Electronics

    ‘Yellow Glue’ is a topic that’s mentioned (and not in a good way) in a great many websites and forum pages. It’s common in Asian made electronics products, and is often used in large quantities to hold components onto PCBs. This is either to hold them in place during assembly, or to prevent movement when the product is used. If parts can move or vibrate, it’s inevitable that eventually the component’s leads will break due to metal fatigue. While I’ve used the term ‘yellow glue’ in this article, it’s not necessarily yellow. Various other colours seem to be available (including black), but the vile yellow stuff seems to be the most common.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Diagnosing a faulty PSU

    A very common PSU fault on a fairly nice power supply from a media player.

    Don’t be fooled by the cheap SRBP (Synthetic Resin Bonded Paper) style PCB. It’s been designed with common sense and safety in mind to comply with UK standards.

    The sizing of the diode array is probably mainly for the increased passive thermal dissipation.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    With Just $0.50 Components I turned Garbage Products into GOLD!

    0:00 The Problem of my AliExpress Products
    1:16 Intro
    2:04 Why is Noise/Ripple Bad?
    3:39 How to Measure Noise Correctly
    4:32 5V UPS Noise Problem
    5:46 Solution 1: Post Regulation
    7:51 Solution 2: Component Improvement
    8:39 Capacitor Replacement
    9:55 Other Component Problems
    10:49 Mini Boost Converter Fix

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Pure Electronics Repair. Learn Methodical Fault Finding Techniques / Methods To Fix Almost Anything

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    Desoldering Made Easy – Amazing Trick || Soldering Tutorial

    Desoldering made easy / amazing trick is a neat easy to follow guide showing a simple solution for removing through hole PCB components.
    Using one simple item see how you can remove many various PCB parts ranging from PCB Headers / Connectors right through to Transformers and Relays using this simple trick.
    If you enjoy this video and find it of use please consider my many other soldering tutorials showing many different aspects of the soldering world on my Mr SolderFix YouTube channel.
    Also if you don’t want to miss out on any future postings please consider subscribing and make sure you hit the notification Bell.
    Thank you for your support , good luck.
    Mr SolderFix

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How To De-pin Connectors

    After Dave’s last video we’ve received a metric ton of comments asking about the method and techniques for de-pinning connectors. Not to leave you guys hanging we quickly gathered a whole bunch of the most commonly used aftermarket connectors, and threw them at Dave yelling: “go on then, de-pin these, and look sexy while doing it!” As always Dave rose up to the challenge:)

    Want to skip to the section you’re most interested in? Use the shortcuts below:
    00:00 Intro and Tools
    01:20 DTM style
    04:23 AMP Superseal
    06:28 Packard style
    08:30 Delphi style
    11:20 TI/Honeywell style
    15:26 Tyco style
    19:12 BOSCH style
    21:10 Deutch circular style
    22:53 GM (Metri-Pack) style

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The WELDER, Re-Invented! TEMU Surprise

    What is this funky looking oversized drill and how does it work?
    Yes is the same Welder I showed last week that I picked up from TEMU.
    We’re going to test the this hand held welder and how it compares to a regular welder. Also seeing if it’s worth buying and if I’m keeping it!

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    $70 vs $2,300 Welder? Let’s Settle This! Weld Strength, Duty Cycle, Current Output, Build Quality

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    T. C Electronic M-One Dual Effects Processor Repair

    Got one of these in for repair. Never seen one before. It’s dead Jim. Lets see if we can fix it.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Electronics Repair Is Hard Enough Already – Don’t Make This Stupid Mistake And Make It Worse!

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    Crazy Repair on this expensive device. 24 broken traces. Anritsu Spectrum Analyzer MS2721B

    Spectrum Analyzer MS2721B Broken connector with 24 missing pads restoration and repair.

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A New Way To Trace Short Circuits in VRM Using Basic Equipment : Find Shorts Motherboard and GPU

    Here is a different way to trace short circuits, particularly in VRMs found on motherboards and graphics cards, using just a bench PSU and a millivolt Meter. I’ve not seen this method demonstrated before, maybe it is a new way for you to trace these faults?

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    PCB Repair Is A Sticky Proposition

    What do you do when a PCB is cracked or even broken in two? [MH987] has a plan: superglue the board back and then bridge the traces with solder, solder paste, or wire. The exact method, of course, depends on the extent of the damage.

    We’ve had some success with similar techniques, and, honestly, for single-sided boards, we would be tempted to add a thin backer behind the crack. We’ve also used conductive paint to repair traces, but it’s good to have having as many tricks as possible because you never know what will work best for a particular repair. The post mentions that this is easier to do on a single-sided board, but it is certainly possible to do on a two-layer board.

    How to Repair a Snapped/Cracked PCB (Circuit Board)

    In this Instructable I hope to show you how to fix any broken PCB’s you may have as this is often seen as something that can’t be repaired and can contribute to a large amount of E-waste each year. For this example I will repairing a broken Sony Walkman that has had the PCB snap in half in three seperate places. This tutorial is for single sided PCB’s with tracks on only one side, double sided PCB repairs are possible but a slightly harder to repair due to having to repeat the process on both sides. This guide is made for someone with some prior experience with soldering but can be learnt.

    *this is a guide for low voltage electronics and how you use this is up to you*

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kuivuvia elkoja ja sähkönjohtavaksi muuttuvaa liimaa. Niistä on suunniteltu vanheneminen tehty ja ohjelmallisesti voi vähän hienosäätää.


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