Technique: How to Create a Teardown

Create teardowns for fun! For more information about writing teardown guides, check out our how to take awesome photos guide and the Teardown FAQ. You can also take a look at our Teardown Guidelines to get ideas on how to write an awesome teardown!

Edit Step 1 How to Create a Teardown  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Your pet poodle.

Edit Step 1 How to Create a Teardown  ¶ 

  • To begin, decide what you want to take apart. Some examples of things not to take apart include:

    • Your pet poodle.

    • Grandpa's pacemaker.

    • Any device containing plutonium.

    • Optimus Prime.

  • Next, make your way to the store to pick up your new device. We prefer eco-friendly leg power, but to each their own.

  • Enter the store to find what you are looking for. If necessary, camp outside the store to be the first in line.

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Image 1/3: Don't forget to pay for the product. Contrary to popular belief, Jedi mind tricks do not work on security guards.

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  • Next, find your device of choice in the store. Try not to tackle the 70 year-old woman who just took the last one off the shelf.

  • Don't forget to pay for the product. Contrary to popular belief, Jedi mind tricks do not work on security guards.

  • Politely decline the extended warranty.

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Image 1/3: Don't forget to pretend to read the instruction manual before throwing it away.

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  • Now that you're safely home, unbox your new beauty and bask in its technological superiority. If you watch closely enough, you can witness your device depreciating.

  • Don't forget to pretend to read the instruction manual before throwing it away.

  • With your new device up and running, its time to actually enjoy your new purchase. Remember: water + electronics = shattered dreams.

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Image 1/2: Use extreme caution when disassembling the device, unless your intention is to show the destruction of a device. In that case, proceed as planned.

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  • Make sure to keep track of all the appropriate tools.

  • Use extreme caution when disassembling the device, unless your intention is to show the destruction of a device. In that case, proceed as planned.

  • Most important of all, make sure to have fun!

  • Most important of all, make sure to have fun!

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Image 1/2: Lighting is essential for good photographs. Set up lamps and focus the light near your work area.

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  • It's now time to setup the photo room environment.

  • Lighting is essential for good photographs. Set up lamps and focus the light near your work area.

  • We recommend attaching a portable lamp to a tripod to aid in precisely focusing light.

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Image 1/3: During disassembly, document all your steps with notes and pictures to share your knowledge with the iFixit community.

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  • With all the proper equipment set up, you can now move on to the actual disassembly of the device.

  • During disassembly, document all your steps with notes and pictures to share your knowledge with the iFixit community.

  • You can place a sheet of white paper beneath your workspace for better pictures.

  • Included is a teardown shot taken under our professional lighting setup. Actual results may vary.

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Image 1/1: Invoke your imagination and unleash your writing ability upon the iFixit community.

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  • Now it's time to share your knowledge with the world by indulging in one of the most honored traditions of all time: writing.

  • Invoke your imagination and unleash your writing ability upon the iFixit community.

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Image 1/1: This calls for an iPod dance party!

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  • Now that your work is published on iFixit, it's time to sit back and relax and enjoy the sweet satisfaction of having created a teardown guide.

  • This calls for an iPod dance party!

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Now that you've finished, share your repair story with others.

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I will try to make a Teardown Guide of an old Toshiba Satellite 1400, thanks for the inspiration!

jonasbits - Reply

Why do I ALWAYS have one screw that strips and won't loosen or tighten, one that is obviously lost in a interdimensional black hole, and weird extra parts when I finish. Or the most vital, irreplaceable, Jesus part breaks, shorts out or disappears? LOL

borg3371 - Reply

Is a teardown of an old, broken device OK? (I have an LG Optimus L7II with a busted LCD)

niccotaglia - Reply

Totally! A broken device is a safe pick, you don't need to worry too much about breaking it more, and you might figure out how to replace the broken components!

Sam Lionheart -

I have a evolve 2 one touch alcatel with only 4 screws to teardown.

dennisp1964 - Reply

While working on devices and prop replicas, I've found the following useful, even if NOT creating an iFixit teardown:

* Take pics of your steps and the screws, so that when you're faced with reassembly, you have a photo record of which screws went in which hole.

* Keep screws in separate containers, or little Ziploc parts bags (available at hobby and crafts stores, super cheap).

* Mark the individual parts containers or parts bags with a Sharpie, for what the screws are for (e.g. kybd, motherboard, palm rest).

David Spalding - Reply

As with dismantling anything, it's best to set them out as you taken them off in some sort of reference grid. Or at the very least a photo of what you took off so when you come to that last weird screw that doesn't seem to belong anywhere, all you need do is back track your photos or look at where it came from and where it was left on your reference grid when you took it off.

It pays to prepare, I have a drawer full of "extra" screws, left over prior to finally slowing down and noting where I was putting things and from where they had just been removed.

Colm - Reply