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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: 7.875 inches
Thickness .03 inches
Ink: Lumocolor Correctable
Tip Size: .6 mm
May 23, 2013
So, I had this old iPhone 3G back from 2007 that I gave to my mother, but a couple of years ago I happened to fall while skiing on the Alps and the display got damaged (it had an expanding stripe of broken pixels) by the shock and/or snow getting inside. Apart from that, the battery didn't last as long as new, so I finally decided to take it apart and give it a good fix!
Removing the display assembly was really easy, apart from the last cable (I missed the bit of the guide about having to open the plastic clip before removing the cable!). I also found that the right screwdriver to remove the screws was the Philips #000, at least for me (whereas in all guides they recommended a Philips #00). Replacing the battery was much more fiddly, but in the end I made it. If I should do that again, it would be much easier than the first time.
Be careful not to break the golden ground pin on the side when removing the motherboard.
May 22, 2013
changement de l’écran tactile
la réparation ma prix 1h30 un peu prêt pour remonté l'écran j'ai utilisé le Magnetic project mat c'était nickel
quelque conseil allez doucement tout est miniaturé dans ces téléphone et utilisé des outils adéquate
May 21, 2013
I had a friend that broke the front glass panel of her iPhone, so I fixed it.
Went well! The Magnetic Project Mat was invaluable in keeping track of all the ridiculous little screws that Apple uses.
Write down the size of every screw and where it goes, otherwise things won't fit together right.
May 21, 2013
My battery capacity was probably somewhere between 60-70% of the original, so I couldn't make it through the work day without a charge any more. I figured it was time to try to install a new battery to get another 12-18 months out of my trusty iPhone 4.
Ultimately, it went well. The new battery is as advertised and works great.
A couple of pieces of advice.
The magnetic project mat sold here is worth the money. It made it very easy to keep track of parts, especially when I had to disassemble more than I expected.
My clumsy big hands knocked the battery screw down below the speaker housing. So a 10 minute battery replacement took 45 minutes as I took the phone apart to get the speaker housing out to retrieve the screw.
Definitely use a hair dryer for a few seconds on low to help loosen the glue to get the battery out. That was a very helpful tip already provided here.
May 20, 2013
Had two 17" MacBook Pros, yeah, I know, an embarrassment of riches. The working one was in a beat up case that was overheating pretty badly. The non working one was pristine, but isn't that the way things go.
Following iFixit's step-by-step guide was a no-brainer. I read and reread many times before popping the first screw. I knew I needed thermal paste so I placed an order. While shopping around I found a few more items that I needed more than the paste! If you need to tackle a job with more than four screws of various sizes I highly recommend a Magnetic Project Mat. This was a major lifesaver in trying to keep 6.5mm, 7.2mm and 7.6mm screws separate!
So all the screw were out. All the cables were unplugged. Thermal paste removed. Parts cleaned. New paste applied. Screws back in place, cables replugged. Hey, where's that other cable? Under the logic board? Repeat step 1-8. Make sure all cables are out of the way now.
Battery in place. Power applied. Prayer said. Button pushed. And the chimes are heard the Apple logo is seen and there is great rejoicing.
Next job: find out what's wrong with the bad logic board. Yeah, when I get time.
GET THE MAGNETIC PROJECT MAT! That's all I can say. It's a dry erase board with a grid. Drop your screws on the mat - they're not going anywhere. With the handy marking pen give them a pertinent description like: 6.5mm T6 or little logic board screws.
Oh, and the spudger. Don't forget the spudger. It does so many things like fish wires from beneath logic boards. I now wear it behind my ear daily.
May 20, 2013
I've been wanting to start a repair business for a long time. An opportunity came my way and I started up. I've been focusing on refurbing damaged iDevices and repairing customer units.
The guides on iFixit.com are awesome! It seems that anything that is missing I the guide is in the comments. This makes repairs go really smooth!
Participate! When you see an issue with a step in a guide, submit an edit - together we can help to make repairs even easier!
May 16, 2013
May 13, 2013
I phone 1 Would not take a charge (number of time)but several weeks later after allowing to drain it took a full charge and have not yet therefore changed the battery. Have received all items, excellent service next day delivery. Thank you.
May 10, 2013
Root beer happened to my keyboard. Though I immediately shut the laptop down and inverted it on paper towels — thus probably saving the rest of its innards — the N, H, Y, 6, F5, /, -, and + keys all went kaput in the end. Removing the keycaps and cleaning with rubbing alcohol was to no avail — something was fried, so my only option was to replace the keyboard.
The repair went very smoothly, and everything is back in working order now. It was quite stressful, though. I made sure to take breaks frequently so that I could relax and to prevent myself from rushing. If you're careful and methodical, this repair is definitely quite do-able. And in the end, the machine booted without a hitch! Huzzah!
There were a few things which I wish I had known before starting:
- The Phillips head screwdriver shipped by iFixit as recommended for this repair is too large for some of the Phillips screws which need to be removed. I was lucky that I had a friend with another set of screwdrivers. All the other screwdrivers worked just fine.
- There is a part which is not mentioned by the instructions which needs to be removed from the original upper case and transferred to the new upper case. It's a vertical spar which supports the logic board and optical drive, and can be seen clearly in the photo for Step 35. You should take this out at this point and move it to the new case.
- ZIF connectors are very tricky. Make sure you read the directions and look carefully to see which way you should pry on the retaining lock; they can chip very easily if pulled from the wrong direction.
- The magnetic project mat is a life-saver. If you don't have one, get one. Make sure to put screws on it head-down, as this makes them stick more firmly to the surface. Take advantage of the whiteboard surface to make good notes about step numbers and locations of screws.