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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.
Great for 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
Sound was crackly and cutting out. Also bad through the headphone port too. Decided to swap the speaker with a spare DS lite speaker to see if that was the cause.
At the same time I swapped out the shell for a new replacement shell.
Sadly didn't resolve my sound issue but the teardown guide was most useful as I have never opened up a GBA before. Now it looks all shiny and new with the new shell on it.
Don't forget to put the buttons back before you start screwing the motherboard into the case!
Girlfriend dropped her phone and cracked the screen
The Repair went very smooth and without a hitch. Did not take much time, and was fun to see the scared look on her face while her phone was apart ;)
Buy the magnetic mat, its a lifesaver, and use your tablet/laptop instead of a paper copy of the instructions.
I was having trouble with my iphone 4s and the wifi grey button, i decided to buy the things to fix it.
Well the repair went better than expected, with the propper tools all go fine.
Don't be afraid to repair things by yourself, just be patient and do research about what you are going to do.
Charging port on tablet was broken and repair shop wanted $100 to fix it, with ifixit I was able to do on my own for $10
Repair was simple after following video I saw on ifixit
Do the repair yourself and save $$$
We run a repair tutoring center for students and the number one issue we see is broken screens on iPhones. Almost 100% of the time, it happens while walking & "gramming" (their words, not mine) in the hallway.
The students fixed their own phones, and were amazed at how easy it was. This full display assembly is a good entry-level fix for someone who's never done a repair before; you don't have to harvest anything other than the old home button from the broken display.
Getting the display back in takes a bit more force than novices are ready to apply. I showed them how to muscle it into place and they indicated that they wouldn't have been comfortable applying that much pressure to the phone. I think a quick video or a GIF to help people understand how much force is really needed might allay some of their concerns about damaging the display as they try to put it in. It is nearly impossible to put back together without that extra "oomph" and can be a frustrating repair if you're too careful.
This was a gift phone from our kids to use on their plan; the battery life was very short.
Easy and thanks to your guides.
First, the suction cup method would NOT work for me; I used a sharp blade and the cover popped right up. Second, I used two small strips of duct tape to ensure the top would not fly open and tear the video cables; did not need them but hearing the stories of others.... Third, I used a hair dryer on low to loosen the battery glue from the backside and the battery lifted right off using the pull tab. Fourth, getting the battery cable back on actually took quite a bit of time. Fifth, when I put the cover back on, I turned the phone over and put the glass side down and pressed it together that way as some said they broke the glass doing it the other way.
The phone is charging right now and works fine; I checked it all out before putting it on charge. I think the battery was like 50% charged when I turned the phone on.
The magnetic mat really is handy to keep all the screws in their proper places.
I started having issues with iphone5. When I pressed power/ lock button it took the screen shot and then hung up. It also restarted automatically after that. Initially I thought it was something to do with software so I reset phone completely and reinstalled from backup, but issue still existed. I found out that most likely it was an issue with home button, or home button cable.
I ordered parts and tool kits from ifixit.com. followed the video and instructions closely. I had hard time taking glass screen off from the base but finally got it out. I also had issues with taking two contact points out from home button cable and ended up damaging one of the contact points while taking old cable out. (Luckily had replacement cable). I also found out that contact points for home button were not aligned correctly and not sure if I had messed them up when i tried to open top glass.
Once I fix all of these parts, I thought I had solved the issue. Its worked fine for few minutes but then started to show same problems. So i did more search and found out that it could be issues with two contact points (gold plated prongs) in phone. I spend the phone gain and realigned them again to make sure they look similar to as shows in some pictures from ifixit.com. So far its been working fine.
yes, I think you should mention about these two contact points on iPhone that touches the home button ribbon cable. If they are messed up then even with new parts issues still exists.
Also, one of the videos on your website shows that these contact points get misaligned while trying to open top glass cover. I am attaching pictures of misaligned contact points from your website and correctly aligned contact points.
Cracked screen, phone dropped one too many times and didn't have proper protective case on at the time.
Went smoothly with iSlack to take the phone apart. Why do you have to keep updating your phones with more and more Glued parts thought, Apple?
Take is slowly and be patient with the heat bag on the glue components, along with the removal of the parts. They are very, very delicate.
Since I usually use external mouse I did not discover that my trackpad was difficult to press down before I went for traveling and had to use my trackpad.
Repair went really nice! I bought Pro Tech Toolkit and trackpad from IFIXIT. Replacing the trackpad was really not big deal when I had correct tools. The Pro Magnetic mat was nice as well.
After replacing trackpad I discovered that the problem was not the trackpad, but my battery that had gone bigger (swollen). So main problem for me seems to be the battery, and not the trackpad. So my advice would be to also check if battery have start to swollen if trackpad is difficult to press down.
My original iPhone 5 battery was running down quickly - if I didn't have it plugged in most of the day the battery would go dead, and quickly. I bought an external battery (non-iFixit) to help, but it helped only when I remembered to have it on me.
Repair went well - I watched the Youtube instructions a few times, and then did the replacement along with the Youtube video. I knew that the adhesive on the original battery could be an issue, but it really wasn't since I followed the iFixit instructions exactly.
End result - my iPhone now holds a charge like it did when I first bought it. Sure beats watching the battery drop to 30% between driving from work to home as it did prior to the replacement :-)
A few things to note - I got the iFixit iPhone 5 battery repair kit (came with the necessary screwdrivers etc) - definitely a good idea to get the kit unless you already have the two odd screwdrivers needed.
As the video said, prying open the iPhone 5 was the "hardest" part of the process - just to get the right pull with the suction cup to get the plastic tool in between to start the pull - once that happened it was easy. But follow the video - don't just yank the top off since you need to disconnect a few cables to do the replacement safely.
The most frustrating part was actually getting the three screws on the plate over the cables back on. The screws are so tiny it took me some time to get the screws back in the holes. But once there I had no issues.
I did also buy the magnetic mat. Having recently done some laptop maintenance (separate from this) it was a challenge to keep the screws organized. The mat would have been handy for that work. At least the mat was very helpful for the iPhone battery replacement.