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

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

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

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

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • 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: Now that your work is published on [link|http://www.ifixit.com|iFixit], it's time to sit back and relax and enjoy the sweet satisfaction of having created a teardown guide.

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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.

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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

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