1.5" Thin Putty Knife

$6.95

Product code: IF145-007-1

 
 

1.5" Thin Putty Knife

$6.95

Product code: IF145-007-1

Product Overview

Sneak into tough devices.

  • Use to separate upper and lower cases in tightly attached devices.
  • Perfect for opening the Mac mini or iPod Classic.
  • Fine-tune your knife throwing abilities with this 1.5" putty knife.
  • Does not come with ninja certification.

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My Problem

The headphone jack was defective on ipod classic.

My Fix

Hard to get back off, this a question of the correct selection of tools, the blue plastic leavers are a bit crap! Good to have a few 1-2" putty knifes & a few levers to insert into gaps once you have started to create a gap.

Ipod work as it should again.

My Advice

I would only tackle if you are comfortable with small fiddly assembly type work & have a steady hand.

Have a good look at the resource available on the net first.

My Problem

My water bottle leaked in my pack and got my i-Pod thoroughly soaked. I tried the sack-of-rice drying method to no avail and decided to open the case or throw it away.

My Fix

Until you see how the "clips" work, it is difficult to imagine how they work. I checked several websites and You-Tube videos, but still didn't "get it". I finally found some photos of the danged things and remounted my attack and used couple of "Exacto-Knives" as shown in one of the videos I watched. The metal spudgers will probably work similarly. You will need at least three or four of them to keep the case from closing back on itself once you get a clip opened.

Seriously, it took at least an hour to open the case with lots of cursing and a close call that almost resulted in a serious cut on my hand. Once opened, I had to bend some of the clips back into shape and the case is dinged up on the edges, but I can now replace the parts that aren't functional and go back to listening to all my music

My Advice

Once you are able to get the case slightly separated enough to slip in the putty knife/exacto knife/metal spudger, do so carefully and slowly. This can't be stressed too much. Plan to take an hour minimum to get the case open. It really is the most difficult part of any i-Pod classic repair.

Go slow and gently with any and all connectors inside the case. they are very small and delicate! learn from my mistakes, they break easily with ham-handed efforts to open them.

My Problem

My iPod Classic 160gb stopped working. I've had it for many years and use it almost every day so, I thought maybe it just needed a new battery.

My Fix

I have no real experience at repairing things but, my husband can repair almost anything and I have worked with him on many projects. Soooooo. . .when my iPod stopped working and I researched having it repaired, I came across your site and read your excellent Guides for the various repairs and I thought, 'I can do this', so, I decided to replace the battery. As stated in the Guide, the case was difficult to separate but, I did it. Everything was going great until I got to Step 18. I read the warning, 'You only need to lift the locking bar up about 2 mm to free the cable', and thought I was being careful but, before I realized what was happening I had pulled the locking bar totally out of the case. Since I didn't see a way that the locking bar could easily be replaced, I stopped by repair effort. When I opened the case I found quite a bit of corrosion at the bottom so, the problem may not have been the battery. I don't regret trying the repair.

My Advice

The guide for making the battery repair is excellent. My only recommendation for enhancement of the guide is that, for the novice repairperson, Step 18 contain a stronger warning that the locking bar will separate from the unit, (the solder will be broken), if lifted more than the 2cm.

My Problem

The Mac Mini I had was extremely slow and thankfully had the ability to repair the processor, I did so.

My Fix

It went well, the tools I purchased did the job masterfully.

My Advice

Be patient, be kind, and use cable ties.

My Problem

I had a problem with the battery. It would no longer hold a charge. While I was at it I decided to put in a new screen and hard drive. (Just to see if I could)

My Fix

Could have been better. The videos I watched didn't quite explain how hard the back case was to take off. Other then that it was very simple.

My Advice

Be extremely careful taking off the back case. It is the hardest part about the repair.

My Problem

Battery dead after 7 years

My Fix

Relatively easy, I did not damage the rear case. However something is strange after the change: the battery is charging when linked to my iMac or an external battery but not with the apple charger plugged to the wall power outlet.

My Advice

Must be done with patience, Not need to rush

My Problem

The battery stopped holding a charge. Could only use it when plugged into the wall.

My Fix

Smoother than i expected. Some minor cosmetic damage (bending of sides) but i mean this iPod is coming up on 8 years old and i've dropped it a few times. No shortage of nicks and dings on it already. To have it fixed for about $26.90 is a bargain. Now let's see how long that hard drive can hold out for. :-)

My Advice

Take your time and don't get frustrated. You've gotta put some muscle into it at some points, but remember not to make any big sudden movements. If you follow the steps and move slow and steady, you'll be successful. I'm running mine now.

My Problem

broken display

My Fix

I bought the wrong display and I had no problem with the return. I got the right part and I followed the steps and had no problems. Thanks!

My Advice

Follow the steps very easy!

My Problem

Accidentally our iPod classic fell unto the floor and consequently the harddisc was broken. The best solution seemed to be a replacement of the drive with a CF-card. If there is any pride, you go for it on your own and fix it.

My Fix

To start the opening process I found it easier to use a kitchen knife instead of the plastic opening tool. Afterwards opening the iPod with the proper tools was very easy thanks to your thorough and clear instructions. I didn't think it would be necessary but I actually needed all recommended tools. It's been the first time for many years that I felt the need to take an electronic device radically apart like this.

My Advice

Everything worked out nicely until.... I saw the power cable and was meant to move the lid 1-2 mm. However I had a very strong image in mind of the good old jumper-switches. Remember the ones from the 80s? So I torn out the whole jacket leaving me with lots of little pins flying around. Quite exciting. In order to understand - if at all - what possibly could have gone wrong, I followed the instructions for the other cables and realized how delicate my actions should have been applied. It occured to me progress didn't stop 30 years ago.

Actually I'm looking on the internet for another iPod classic with a broken harddisc and it seems it happens quite often.

Thanks folks! You've got the grumpy old guy out of the woods - willingly hunting for more experience. Hope you all have a little fun with my story.

My Problem

Headphones were cutting in and out

My Fix

The repair was 100% successful. The ipod classic is a real bugger to get apart. (impossible without these instructions and tools) it took longer than we figured. However, since we had the tools and instructions as to how it comes apart and how you do it, we didn't give up. Knowing through pictures what to expect and where you might encounter problems made the process easier because you know you are doing it correctly, it just might take some time. Spending a total of $60 to repair instead of $225 to replace it makes you feel really good about the time and effort and savings. the ipod classic is still the killer in music storage. It was well worth this minor investment. if your eyesight isn't so good, you might want a lighted magnifying glass.

My Advice

The instructions and pictures are really well laid out. Don't get frustrated, just follow the pictures and be prepared to take your time. This is not a fast process so don't try to go fast.

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