The end switches of my 3D spider printer don't work well. I wonder whether it's on-topic asking how to repair 3D printers. In my case I'd describe what does not work, what the result is and what parts are used.

From a good answer I'd expect a proposal on how to fix it, e.g. a suggestion for an electronic piece to buy (like a photo sensor maybe) and how to apply the wiring etc.

Derived from Printer construction, I'd also say that repairing must be on-topic.

  • $\begingroup$ This should really be carrying the [discussion] and [scope] tags :) $\endgroup$
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 23:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Zizouz212: added them. Thanks. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 4:30

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I'd say that repair questions are more on-topic than construction. And if construction questions are okay, then repair questions should be too.

An example format might be:

How do I repair {X}

I've tried {a[]} to fix {X}, but {b[]} occurred. What are some other common means of fixing {X}?

Most of what is acceptable on SE is troubleshooting and I feel that repairing is a subset of troubleshooting. In other words, typically you'll result in repairing from troubleshooting, but [hopefully] not the other way around. So, a repair question is essentially requiring, upfront, what a great quality answer would provide in some troubleshooting questions.

For example:

{X} wont work

{X} isn't working, what could be the cause?

could lead to:

I've encountered {X} as a result of {Y}. I was able to fix it by performing {C}.

Where {C} is typically going above and beyond the OP's question.

  • $\begingroup$ I agree that should be in scope. It's certainly an area where people in our target audience (including myself) need help, and diagnosis can get tricky at times. $\endgroup$
    – TextGeek
    Commented May 4, 2016 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ @TextGeek I've now added the subject to the list of appropriate topics $\endgroup$
    – tbm0115
    Commented May 4, 2016 at 16:49

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