Is there ever a good time? Or a bad time?

New Zealanders, and Aucklanders in particular, are very focused on building personal wealth through real estate. There’s a bunch of reasons for this, but mostly it’s been a great investment for quite a long time. In Auckland, for example, tax values are up almost 50% in the last three years, and retail prices more than that. Bubble? Time will tell. The new government has said it will limit foreign buyers’ ability to buy real estate, causing a bit of a flurry among the (largely Chinese) community of foreign cash buyers.

This particular property is leased by a property investment firm. They are being kicked out as that building is part of a large parcel that is about to get sold and even further densified.

Glass Half Full


Well, we did it. DIY iPad screen replacement is possible, even for us!

Between watching tutorial videos on YouTube and actually performing the repair, we spent about 9 person-hours. Next time would be a lot faster.  We liked the irony of using the dictionary I got for a high school graduation present to weight the screen down while the new adhesive set up. 

Pro tips:

  • If you use a hair dryer to soften the old adhesive instead of a real heat gun, it takes a lot longer
  • Nothing beats Goof-Off
  • “Spudging” is a great word to have in your vocabulary 

Screen Shot

This is what happens when you put a dramatic silk flower arrangement on a high spot, leave the iPad on the counter, and mix in an unknowable combination of a curious cat and air currents. 

The first thing we did was to make sure that duct tape was not a feasible solution. 

The Apple Store wants a whole lot of money for a new screen, the local repair shop wants less but still hundreds. We can buy a replacement kit for under $30, so we’ll try that first.