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Anyone who has done electronics repair knows how irritating lost screws can be—if you’re lucky, you’ll end up with a slightly lighter laptop. If you’re unlucky, your $1,000 laptop will be brought to its knees by a $0.05 clip hiding under a table leg. Designed by fixers, for fixers, the 8”x10” Magnetic Project Mat solves this repair problem. Spacious and secure, the mat will catch and hold screws as you pull them out of a device.
Use it as a workmat during cell phone repairs, and you can stop worrying about screw tracking and focus on the cell phone; all the screws will be right where you left them. For laptops with hundreds of screws, use the whole mat as a screw guide and keep careful notes to not get lost.
The included pen is uniquely suited for the Project Mat. It’s made by Staedtler, the German pen company that makes top-of-the-line pens and pencils for artists and architects. Their Lumocolor Correctable pen doesn’t smear or wipe away like most dry erase markers, so if you brush your hand across the mat while performing a repair, the ink doesn’t scratch or smear. However, the eraser tip or a dry cloth wipes the ink away clean.
This mat will enable you to work more smoothly and efficiently. Check out our video, and learn how it can make lost screws a problem of the past.
Tech Specs ¶
Surface: Dry Erase
Length: 10 inches
Height: 8 inches
Thickness 0.105 inches
Ink: Lumocolor Correctable
Tip Size: .6 mm
March 6, 2014
The battery or charging software in the iPhone 4s became unreliable. It would drop from 30 percent to zero and shut down. The new battery seems to have ended the problem.
The installation was easy. Other than a couple of minor spooks.
Fixing the loose part with tweezers was delicate, and if I recall correctly, I needed to consult other sites to be sure of the orientation of that part. And the ribbon cable from the battery seemed slightly misaligned with the connector once the battery was in place. I connected, then placed the battery.
March 5, 2014
After a while using a hard case cover on my iphone 5, I noticed problems with the power and lock button. I started using the assistive touch, but got tried of it. Also I went to different places, they said I had to leave my phone a few days (not gonna happen) and the prices were to expensive. That's when I decided to make it on my own.
After watching the video, I went then with the step by step instructions. I have to say, piece of cake, ^_^ Turned on my iphone with no problem. Just like new.
First advice: always try and use the correct tools. My favorite the magnetic project mat, all the screws stayed in place and the islack helped me even more because I have arthritis. Thank you, iFixit!
March 3, 2014
For years I have made work mats for laptop dis-assembly with poster board and double-stick tape. Why didn't I think of this sooner! As soon as I did, I searched the internet and bam! Glad I didn't have to make one myself.
No muss, no fuss, these mats are great. They hold well and get the job done.
I'm thinking about putting a small spline around the edge of the board as the top clear coat plastic has already got a small separation on the corner.
February 25, 2014
Laptop motherboard replacement
Repair went great. The screws were kept in order and made reassembly quicker. Also, was able to move pad without mixing screws up or loosing them. In the past I would use an old T-shirt to keep the screws together, but if the T-shirt wrinkled I would have to stop what I was doing to straighten it out.
Yes, get one of these magnetic boards, you won't be sorry...
February 25, 2014
I often lose parts and the mat seemed like a great idea. Having the ability to make notes on the work surface enhanced my confidence of actually completing a task without spending more time on my disorganized style than the repair itself.
I haven't tried it yet but cannot see anyway it won't be helpful.
I will report back after first use. It has however raised the confidence level of my wife in my ability to open and repair some of the smaller appliances needing repair.
Most organizational aids are useful.
February 24, 2014
Ich benutzte das eingebaute DVD Laufwerk so gut wie gar nicht.
Zudem gab meine Festplatte langsam ihren Geist auf. Sodann die Entscheidung: DVD raus, neue Festplatten rein.
Mit dem bestellten Material und der Anleitung von FixIt hab ich zwar zitternd aber souverain mein Vorhaben erfolgreich durchgeführt. Alles läuft nun wie geplant.
Man halte sich vertrauensvoll an die Anleitung von FixIt.
February 20, 2014
Needed to re-apply thermal paste to the processor of an older model laptop as it was running hot. Having the high quality tools made the tear down much easier, and having the magnetic mat where I could put and label the screws was a huge help! Made putting everything back together a snap. Genius!
Went fine and was made much easier by keeping track of where all the tiny screws went!
Get the magnetic mat, it is by far the best "tool" I have purchased this year!
February 19, 2014
Symptoms were a dead bluetooth and the Late 2008 MacBook Pro 5,1. will not sleep properly. It stays real hot when it is supposed to be sleeping even with the cover closed. I can't leave this computer sleeping without the power connected. The battery will be run down in no time. It must be shut down.
I replaced the wifi/bluetooth board successfully. But it didn't fix the problem. I now notice that there is no iSight recognized either. I'm thinking it might be the iSight/Airport cable now.
I also found that whoever worked on this machine previously did a hatchet job on the screws that hold the display hinge. It looks like someone tried to turn six 6 mm torx screws into six flat head screws by grinding across the top of the screws. Doesn't look like there is a current source for replacement screws and it also needs a new battery, so I'm not going to attempt to put a new cable in which is a new level of difficulty (removing the display with a heat gun).
It helps to have the right diagnosis. Even though I was not successful, I had a lot of fun. The iFixit tools that I purchased were a pleasure to use.
February 18, 2014
After dropping my phone multiple times and kicking it (accidentally) across the Magic Kingdom, the screen finally gave up and shattered. On top of that, my phone was dying when the battery was at 20%, 30, or even 50%. The Apple store told me how much it would cost to repair it. I said: "Screw that, I'll do it myself!"
The repair when pretty smoothly. Since I was doing 2 repairs at once, I did the battery first and then the display assembly. Had some trouble getting the battery out. The edges bent a little, but the plastic didn't tear so I count that as a win. That adhesive is STRONG! Getting all the components off the display assembly was easy. The guide could provide some details about getting the front camera bezel out without breaking it. I did. It's not a huge thing. I put it in my new assembly, my front camera just slides around slightly now. And there was a tiny little black piece, seriously small. I think it has something to do with the proximity sensor. It just kind of fell out, so I didn't see where it came from. I thought I found where it goes, but then I couldn't get it to stay when I put the front camera assembly in place on the new display. Seems to work fine though. My wife had to help getting the 3 ribbon cables reattached (smaller hands). Over all I'm extremely happy, it feels like having a new phone again.
Be careful when removing the front camera bezel from the old display. There aren't instructions in the guide, and if you just pry it off you'll break it. And buy the magnetic mat...trust me. Some of these screws are as small as grains of sand, they WILL get lost if you don't have a safe place to keep them.