Partner: the pulldown hose for the kitchen sink has a bad leak. I'd like to replace the faucet, a similar model is $400

Me: how about $17 for a replacement hose and 15 minutes to fix it ourselves?

Partner: wait, that's an option?!

People talk about Right To Repair a lot, and it is important, but there's still a lot of work to do on Repair Culture. If people don't believe repair is a reasonable course of action, if their impulse is to replace instead of see if it's fixable, if they don't have the context and training and confidence to fix things, then repairs don't happen.

@calcifer Thanks masto for eating my draft again... Ugh.

I think it's worse than that. Repairing something is assumed to be impossible or requiring so much archane technical knowledge that it's effectively impossible. Most people's frame of reference for a device to fix is their phone or computer, which in the last decade, has effectively become un-repairable for most people. The idea of other things being repairable becomes a natural conclusion. And capitalist pressure does the rest. You can't buy most replacement parts, or the right tools, or get stuck at a key detail. Repair has become, culturally, the domain of learned experts and out of reach without imagined years of training.


@calcifer An example of capitalist pressure is assumption creep. It used to be that you could change the oil in a car in your driveway with a funnel, a pan, and a wench. Then you needed a jack. Then you needed a proper car lift. Then they stopped caring and assumed you'd take it to authorized service personnel who have a four wheel lift and That Specific Wrench needed to drain the crank case. The last car I tried to change the oil by hand was 20 years ago and it was nearly impossible. Now it's not even worth it.

It's not just that repairability is not a right, it's that culture has relegated it to replacement or expertise and a massive tech chain. The world we live in doesn't have things even designed to be repairable now. We'd need more than rights, we'd need *regulation*.

@socketwench exactly this. Or if not regulation, at least an incentive regime (e.g. environmental impact fees based on an independent audit of repairability).

@calcifer Let's start with 18v power tool batteries. Universe, those piss me off to no end.

@socketwench @calcifer This is really bad for farmers, and it became a political movement.

Biden has supported right-to-repair initiatives, which is good on his part.

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