Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95

Product code: IF145-000

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Plastic Opening Tools

$2.95

Product code: IF145-000

Product Overview

The essential tool for opening everything.

  • Use these soft plastic tools to safely pry open devices without scratching the case, glass, or internal components.
  • Sold in a pair of two different styles—a wide tool with a thin tip that's great for getting underneath glass and in thin cracks, and a smaller, stiffer tip that's good for prying tougher cases and enclosures.
  • NOTE: Because these tools are soft enough to not scratch or mar devices they will wear with each use. Expect each pair to last through 2-5 devices, depending on difficulty and experience.

Product Details

$2.95 Pair

 

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New

Warranty:

Sold as-is; no refunds or returns

$9.95 10 Pack

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Sold as-is; no refunds or returns

Notes:

Includes 10 total Plastic Opening Tools. 5 of each style.

$14.95 15 Pairs

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Sold as-is; no refunds or returns

Notes:

Includes 30 total Plastic Opening Tools. 15 of each style.

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Plastic opening tools are made of a soft plastic, allowing them to dislodge casing clips without fear of scratching or chewing the case.

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Their size and material also make our plastic opening tools ideal for working inside the device—use them to pop up ZIF connector tabs, disconnect cable connectors, pry up batteries, and scrape off excess adhesive.

 

Stories

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My Problem

Since the 5.0.2 update I got a bricked nexus 7...

It was not my fault, and I was out of warranty so I got pretty upset... and decided to go ahead by miself trying to repair it!

My nexus wouldn't go past the "google" logo, and after some online search I was convinced that it was a nand problem, and that the motherboard had to be repaired.

My Fix

I have a computer science degree, so I'm good with software, but electronics? ...well, I'm not good at it :) But I took courage and decided to do it slowly and precisely by following the instructions.

By using (some of) the teardown instruction and some online videos I was able with just a few doubts and trial and errors to extract the motherboard and the two webcams, I then replaced the motherboard by following the reverse instructions and... in less than 30 minutes I was already done and my nexus 7 was back to life in no time!

My Advice

Expecially if you are not so experienced about this stuff, do it slowly and genlty, follow the instrucitons and if you have some doubts find some online video to clarify it.

Replacing the motherboard is way easyer than I expected, so with a little patience you'll be able to do it with almost no effort.

Go ahead and: have fun!

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My Problem

My mid-2012 unibody MacBook Pro was being throttled, no more RAM, and before throwing it out the window thought I'd try adding the RAM.

My Fix

The repair went smoothly - and I'd never opened my laptop before so wasn't sure. But the guide was clear and it went great.

My Advice

I ordered 2 Phillips head screwdrivers because I had read conflicting advice: #0 and #00. I actually used the #0 as recommended and it worked great.

My Problem

Screen has lines running on it, tells me the connection of the display module has problem

My Fix

Perfect, iSlack is useful but still need help

My Advice

Its very tight for iSlack to open in first trial, you need to still use the suction cup a bit, but be careful not to be too 'excited' on the opening process, once it shows movement, switch back to iSlack to prevent killing your precious Touch ID

My Problem

Battery in iPod Video was very weak. I don't know why, it was only about 7 years old.

My Fix

Just like described on the website. I thought I was using more force than in the YouTube video but, it came apart, the same way.

My Advice

Be careful with the keeper for the ribbon cable and make sure the cable is all the way into the keeper before you snap it shut.

My Problem

The 5400 rpm drive that came with the Mac Mini was too slow.

My Fix

Using your clear step-by-step instructions with photos, I was able to take the machine apart, replace the drive with a Samsung 850 Pro, and put the machine back together all in the same evening.

My Advice

I was initially concerned about the small size of the machine, but one should have no fear. With your instructions it's really simple!

My Problem

Realized the back glass was broken, don't know how it happened, but it was. So I looked up what to do and found your site. Then I decided to also replace the dock connector because I when I used my phone I had to put the other person on speaker or they couldn't hear me. The sweet girl at the Apple store had told me the only solution was to replace the phone with the latest $$$ model.

My Fix

Replacing the back class was easy, although one of the screws was striped. I sent a question in, but then I found three solutions and between the three, I finally got that li'l bugger screw out. so while I had it open I went for it and followed the guide to replacing the dock connector. I had trouble understanding what part was what:

the battery

battery connector from the socket (what socket)

loudspeaker enclosure

pressure contact

speaker enclosure assembly

home button ribbon cable ZIF socket.

And that is where I got into trouble. Those ribbon cables and how to put them out of the way while I'm working. Was worried as to how delicate they were so apparently I didn't move the home button ribbon far enough out of the way and as soon as I moved the dock connector, the home button ribbon tore. So now I have placed my order for that.

My Advice

All in all it was a good experience. I am having to wait on the home button ribbon part, but I was able to do something I believed was difficult. Your instructions made it easy.

My suggestions:

1. maybe a picture with part names just for us idiots. the warning on working with the small parts such as ribbons; how far to pull out of the way or not pull. A picture of that small part.

2. instructions just say: To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order....well that's not necessarily true.

A. The new part doesn't have a retaining flap on the home button ribbon cable ZIF socket.

B. There are parts that have protective plastic covering (on the dock connector part and the back glass as well). Some of us may not realize where they all are and some may not even realize it needs to be removed.

Suggestion to an inexperienced person attempting the dock connector replacement or anything in that area of the phone: Before each step, check the step comment icon at the top right of each step. They will give you a heads up on problems and solutions before you make a mistake.

My Problem

My Nexus 5 rear-facing camera was broken

My Fix

I found the ifixit guide to substitute my camera, but it didn't worked. So I looked for alternative guides and finally managed to substitute it.

My Advice

Never give up, and find an other guide.

My Problem

My wife and I each have an iPhone 5. Her battery was pretty shot, and mine had ballooned up - why else would the glass of my screen be pulling away from the case?

My Fix

For the phone with the glass coming out, it was a little tricky opening it. The glass was separating near the camera, without the little bit of trim. So when using the iSclack to pull the other end up, I had to work very slowly. I had to also wedge and opening tool around the bezel trim to help it out. After that, it was fairly text book. The trim needed to be reworked around the glass, but it has settled back in pretty well.

My wife's phone was easier, though when the case popped open, it was a little violent.

My Advice

I'm surprised that the iFixIt team hasn't started recommending JIS (Japanese Industrial Screw) type phillips drivers. You can get a small kit from McMaster. As far back as my PowerBook G4 they have provided a superior fit. They worked great in the iPhone. You'd have to really mess up to strip a screw with them.

My Problem

The battery on the nexus 5 was absolutely awful. I figured getting a new one would fix this.

My Fix

It generally went very well. I was able to follow the guide step by step with little to no complications.

My Advice

The only improvement to the guide I would make is to be more specific about how many plastic anchors there are on the back of the Nexus 5. There were far more than the guide implicated.

My Problem

My phone was having trouble charging. Had to hold cable "just right".

My Fix

Everything went well with the repair and my phone was fully functional afterwards. However the next day my touch ID stopped working and I haven't been able to figure out why. Not sure if it is related to the repair. Anyway, my phone now charges correctly.

My Advice

Take it slow. Make sure you have something to hold the screws and small parts with. I used a piece of packing tape attached to a paper plate.