CERT Rodeo. What is it?

Hi there and good afternoon!

I’m part of our local CERT Team here in Olathe Kansas. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

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Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

So as an active volunteer, I’m required to attend a certain number of training hours per year, and I’ve also opted to attend the big “CERT Rodeo” event that’s happening on August 1st of this year.

It’s somewhat exciting and I’m happy to participate. Volunteering time certainly makes me feel good and knowing what to do in an emergency doesn’t hurt. Of course, we all hope that emergencies won’t happen, but just this week my family and I had to run to the basement due to tornadoes touching down in the area. It’s one of those events that can cause the CERT Terms to be dispatched.

So like I’ve been saying since my new years resolution on 1/1 of this year, it’s time to get back into shape. I’ve only got three weeks until the Rodeo…but I know that I can strip a few pounds off so that my pants will feel like they are supposed to 😉

You should try volunteering some time if you haven’t before; it’s rewarding to give back to the community once in a while, I wish I had time to do more.

At Mission Repair as a business we’ve done some volunteer work as well, and we’ve donated not only money but a lot of time to worthy causes. It’s what we do when we’re not fixing iPhones!

Have a great afternoon, I’ll be back with some business information soon.

Take care, Ryan

My dog ate my homework – and my iPhone?

Hello there, this isn’t a new joke, I understand that. “My dog ate my homework” has been used as an excuse to get out of turning in assignments in class. But “my dog ate my iPhone” is a newer concept. Do these things taste good?

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I’m, not sure if this device was actually eaten by a dog, but it’s definitely something that needs to be repaired…and repaired fast! We’ve got the team to do it; this phone will certainly need a new front glass and back case and Lennie is on it right now.

If you find yourself with a device that’s been “mangled”, just give us a call. We’ll do what we can to get you back into shape.

Take care, Ryan

Still confused about the “digitizer” on a Smartphone?

Good morning,

One of the most popular blog posts on my blog for the last 4 years is titled “What is an iPhone Digitizer”. Here’s a few tidbits of new information that might help you out if you’re interested!

We here at Mission Repair are experts and very familiar with iPhone digitizers, glass, LCDs and screens. We repair them by the thousands every month. Let’s see if we can demonstrate what the digitizer is here under a glass panel of an older iPhone screen:

This is the digitizer on an iPhone!

This image is from the “inside” of the part, and the digitizer is attached UNDER the glass cover. It’s a transparent electronic component that senses the touch of a human finger through the glass, and is designed to allow the unit to be controlled by a fingertip. This is one of the “inputs” of the device and it’s very thin and almost impossible to see once installed.

One major point – and a question that we get asked all the time – is that you cannot replace the digitizer alone. Since it’s really part of the glass (because it’s fused from the inside) in the event of a touch failure it needs to be replaced with the glass and vice versa. So if you have a cracked iPhone glass, you’re going to get a new digitizer as well. If you have an iPhone that doesn’t respond to touch, you’ll also get a new glass. It’s just the way it’s designed.

Furthermore, in later years, manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have started fusing the outer glass with the digitizer, and then the LCD to the digitizer. There are several phone models (like the Samsung Galaxy S5 for example) that will have all three components replaced at the same time if any one of them fails. These manufacturers did this to ensure that no dust would EVER get between the glass/digitizer and the LCD…an issue that was prevalent BEFORE the assemblies were used. There are some variations to these assemblies, but once they are assembled in a clean room facility they are not intended to be disassembled (i.e. removing the glass/digitizer form the LCD for example) I know that this can get confusing at times, so you can call us if you have any questions.

You might see the earlier assemblies marketed as:

  • Phone glass
  • Phone digitizer
  • Phone touch screen
  • Phone glass screen
  • Phone screen
  • Phone touch panel

For all intents and purposes, these terms are all interchangeable and are all the same thing. Are you in need of one of these parts? Here’s a list of glass/digitizer repairs that we sell here at Mission Repair:

Remember, you might see these glass panels for sale cheap – be sure to inquire about the required digitizer that is fused to the glass from the factory – without it, the glass is useless. You cannot replace the glass or “remove” your good digitizer and reinstall it onto your iPhone. It just doesn’t work! Additionally there are lots of parts on the market that are “glass and digitizer” being sold without the LCD. Take our earlier example of the Samsung Galaxy S5. You can get a “glass only” part on eBay for about $5. Just FYI, there is NO WAY for you to replace that part at home…and if you attempt it, your phone will NEVER look the same again and it certainly may never work correctly again. Buyer beware! These assemblies are built together and must stay together. I hope this information helps!

Best Ryan

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Good morning friends- so I’m here at the Lakewood Mission Repair location preparing for the big Ribbon Cutting this afternoon and I got this pic emailed over to me from our Olathe office:

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It made me laugh. It’s ok to laugh. From left to right, that’s Tayler, Sydney and Wade all ready to make leprechaun magic happen today. Yes, I’m wearing green today as well, but here at Mission Repair we’ve somewhat adopted St. Patrick’s Day as our favorite day. It’s the green that matches our company colors…and since it’s a “fun” holiday, it fits our theme.

It’s why we are having our Ribbon Cutting here in Lakewood, Colorado today. This was intentional, and I’ll be sure to post some pics for you to get a good chuckle at later of myself and my crew here. Yes, we’ll all be wearing some sort of green in our ensembles; but I won’t be wearing a bow tie. That’s all for Wade.

Have a great day, Ryan

Happy SAVE Patrick’s Day! (Coupon Code Inside)

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It’s that time of year again – where we turn Saint Patrick’s Day into SAVE Patrick’s Day! Our Lakewood, CO location’s Grand Opening is on Saint Patrick’s Day where we will be celebrating with refreshments, cake, food, and repair specials. We are so excited to celebrate this NEW location, we are passing along the savings to all of our customers! That’s right, TODAY ONLY (03/17/15) save 10% on any repair service at Mission:Repair.

It’s simple, to obtain this SAVE Patrick’s Day discount, use coupon code “GREEN” when checking out online or print this email and bring it in to any of our walk-in locations. Have a cracked iPod screen? iPad not holding a charge? Save some green with Mission Repair and finally have that iPod, Smartphone, Tablet or Laptop repaired!

Happy Save Patrick’s Day!
(Coupon cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount including Got Repair benefit. Valid on new orders only, expires 03/17/15 at midnight)