Cubans continue to keep things working, creating ‘the never-ending life of Cuban things’. As well as the archetypal classic car repairs, Cubans can be found repairing bikes, domestic electrical goods and electronic items, from 1970s radios and TVs to modern computers, cameras and smart phones. They also repair and refurbish things that many would simply throw away like single use cigarette lighters (which are modified to make them refillable) and umbrellas. To facilitate repairs, they will salvage parts from unrepairable items for use in future repairs; something characteristic in many repair cultures.
Stories about repair are everywhere in Cuba.