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

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.

My Problem

I take my iPod to bed - and on a certain day the headphone jack got twisted - and damaged my iPod internally. So: no more music. It was a very very sad day. The most economic way to fix this was to order the required spare parts and tools and do it myself. (If others can do it, I can do it too)

My Fix

Repair went fine but I took my time: about an hour. I Read the instructions thoroughly.

Removing the cover without damaging/bending it was the hardest part. I did not use the plastic opening tools - they were no real help.

My Advice

Take your time and concentrate. Remove tape over cables slow and gently. Watch carefully that the flat cables remain flat - I had a small problem with that. The new cable was bent next to the headphone jack and this resulted in a very distorted sound.

At that point I thought : "My GOD, what have I done!?".

Gently straightening the cable solved the issue and my iPod was as new. Then I taped the cables back on their original places.

Tip 1: order the required tools.

Tip 2: Test your iPod while it is still open, if anything went wrong - you can easily look for the problem without the need to reopen the thing.

Tip 3: keep cats, spouses and children away from the operation quarter.

Couldn't have done it without iFixit though, big thanks guys!

My Problem

The hard drive in my iPod classic failed beyond repair, and I wanted to swap it with an old laptop hard drive.

My Fix

Flawlessly, thanks to the iFixit guide.

My Advice

It's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared, but you can probably do the same with just one plastic opening tool and one spudger.

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