Anti-Static Wrist Strap

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Anti-Static Wrist Strap

$7.95 Was $10.00
You save $2.05!

Product code: IF145-071-1

Product Overview

Prevent electrostatic damage.

  • Helps protect your electronics from accidental electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage during repairs.
  • Ground yourself while working on sensitive electronics to prevent static charge build-up.
  • Custom manufactured by iFixit for "American" sized wrists. Most anti-static wrist straps are made for use in manufacturing throughout Asia, and do not pass our ergonomics test, if they fit at all!

"Rapid static dissipation by a wrist strap ground is required to prevent voltage spikes. Simple movements such as lifting one foot off the floor or raising one arm from a conductive table mat may change body capacitance by as much as 10% to 30%. Uncontrolled, the capacitively created voltage may reach several hundred volts or more."

-3M Technical Brief

Product Details

  • Band Size: .75" x 8" unstretched
  • Band Type: Elastic with adjustable buckle
  • Band Material: Polyester/stainless steel weave
  • Cord Type, Length: Coiled, 6 Feet / 2 Meters
  • Cord Resistance: 50 ohms

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My Problem

MacBook not charging

My Fix

The repair went pretty smoothly. The trickiest part was removing the keyboard ribbon cable. The instructions were not clear to show the actual location of the section that you have to flip up. With patience it wasn't too difficult to figure out. The project tray came in very handy to place parts and screws in order of disassembly making reassembly simple.

My Advice

Use the project tray to sort and keep parts in order and carefully make note of which screws go where particularly with the fans and the logic board. Also when re-installing the logic board make sure none of the ribbon connectors are trapped underneath it before you screw it down.

MissHeather's Story Photo #593000

My Problem

The computer was overheating pretty bad and it was hard to watch video or even play a simple game without the computer shutting off.

My Fix

It went really well. The tools made the whole process go really smoothly.

My Advice

I recommend taking your time, research the job before you start doing it, lay out all your tools, and feel prepared about what you are about to do. Made the process really easy and only ran into one problem that was easy to fix. I forgot to plug one thing in which caused an error but problem solving helped me find what the problem was. So take your time and most of all - have fun!

My Problem

My computer was so slow I couldn't get anything done. I was running on 2GB ram.

My Fix

Ordered a 4GB RAM chip and installed it in one of the slots, leaving the 1GB chip in the other. The installation was pretty easy. Had to do it twice because the first time it seems the computer didn't recognize it. 2nd time it recognized it, and the computer is working great. But.. for some reason it's not recognizing the battery anymore, or it recognizes it and doesn't charge. So, basically I can only use it plugged in.

My Advice

The RAM upgrade was so much easier than I thought. It only took about 10 mins. I feel like I could upgrade more things on my mac after doing this repair, but I'm concerned I may have damaged the battery somehow.

My Problem

Recently, I augmented the RAM and put a new SSD hard drive into my old late 2006 core 2 duo white mac book.

I heard a guy at a computer store say that the best thing you could do was to clean out your computer, but I didn't believe him. Anyhow, I realised my computer was definitely overheating when it started shutting down from using Netflix and bugging when watching video on the web.

So I did a bit of research, and decided to try cleaning the whole thing out and see if it made a difference (it did).

My Fix

The repair went very well, thanks to Ifixit guides and various Youtube videos.My macbook was really very dusty inside (even had alot of dog hair!) And it felt just like when you clean your kitchn our your car after you let the dirt accumulate for a while. Definitely ssomething I recommend. Also it was alot of fun to get to know and see everypart of my computer like that. It works much better now, I recommend this operation to anyone who has an aging computer, makes a world of difference (it works like new now!) It does not over heat anymore, which makes the fan less noisy, so it works faster, smoother and is very silent.

My Advice

You'll need to be informed to do this, you don't want to mess anything up. It took me a lot of time before I felt confident to do this, especially because I depend on my comouter for work and studies. I did not want to have to buy a new macbook in a hurry! Also, do not hesitate to spend a little more money to get better quality stuff. For example, I first got the cheapest screwdrivers I could find. But they rapidly stripped the gentle screws in my macbook, and made taking it apart a drag. So I bought a better quality set, and had no more problems. I also strongly suggest to clean the heatsink and the fan completely, especially if your computer is as old as mine. I am pretty sure replacing the cooling paste and cleaning out the heatsink and fan was what made a major difference.

So basically, to those of you who are wondering wether you should buy a new macbook or try to fix your old one: fix youre old one! If it has a good cpu, it is good to go! That is pretty much what it boils down to. The core 2 duo intel cpu is very decent, and will allow you to do all Internet-word processing tasks you need to do. If you are going to take it apart, might as well also install SSD hard drive and RAM, which will also greatly increase performance.

Also, install an app such as Istat which will allow you to monitor your CPU temperature and regulate fan speed (this is super important). That will keep you informed on what is going on. Check the specs of your cpu on intel or amd website, and make sure it stays well below it's maximum official heat limit (intel core 2 duo can reach 100 degrees, and I realised it went up to 90 really fast when multi tasking). You can do this by augmenting fan speed and reducing multi tasking when you see it is working too hard.

This is a bit like your car. If you drive with the RPM at maximum all the time, it is going to overheat.

Good luck! (and trust Ifixit)

My Problem

I am the office administrator for a small 5 staff non-profit. My boss' 2011 MBP had a bad RAM stick and an old HDD. I recommended to max out the RAM, put in a new SSD, and install Yosemite.

My Fix

Very very very easy. I kinda wish it took longer with more steps, I was enjoying the process so much. Having the right tools and a good guide made the difference. My boss was super impressed. He commented, "Josh, you're performing surgery on my computer! Amazing!" Not that amazing in reality. Haha.

My Advice

Don't make iFixit so easy to follow and find on the internet! If my boss discovered it first, then I wouldn't have been the hero! Just kidding. - We ended up purchasing 16 GB of RAM from OWC, because OWC clearly implied that a 2011 MBP can accept 16 GB of RAM. In case it didn't work, we would have returned it. Whereas iFixit didn't clearly state it can accept 16 GB of RAM. But overall we are very very pleased with iFixit. Thanks guys!

My Problem

My iPhone 4s battery was basically good for 3/4 of a day as just a phone, and about 3 hours of 4G connectivity. I could literally watch the battery tick down 1% every couple minutes. I had previously taken apart the laptop I'm typing on, cleaned it and reassembled it, so I felt fairly confident about this fix.

My Fix

The process took about 45 minutes. The instructions from iFixit were good and the tools were even better. I had issues with step 3 and 4 on the repair guide though.

Step 3: Use the included plastic pry tool to gently pop those clips holding the back of your 4s in place. If you simply pull on the back the clips don't let go.

Step 4: This step scared the !&&* out of me because I mis-read it. The pressure connector is NOT the black and bronze thing. That's the ground and if you remove it you're fine. Just make sure you reinstall it when you're done. I removed the ground and thought I broke my phone because I didn't read it clearly.

The pressure connector is the battery connector under the silver bracket. BE CAREFUL when disconnecting the battery. Here's what I did: I removed the battery from the glue backing and then simply slid the battery connector out. It should just slide out...don't pry it out with the tool, just slide it out.

When you insert the new battery, install the connector *first*. Line up the screw holes and you should be ok. If you seat the battery first it's harder to do. You can then gently insert the ground just underneath the orange battery screw with a pair of tweezers.

If you run into a "searching" error where your phone won't connect to your provider after re-assembly, try resetting your network settings. Settings -> general -> reset -> reset network settings. Just remember this will erase any stored network logins for wifi or vpns. I tried a hard reboot and it didn't work.

My Advice

1) Read the instructions and look at the diagrams first before even buying anything. If you get nervous, find someone to help.

2) Make certain you use an egg carton or something similar to store screws as you remove them. Be *certain* you label each screw or write down what screws are where. iFixit's anti-static project tray works like a charm if you don't have anything else.

3) There's a number of parts that can get ruined by finger oils. Just buy a pair of rubber doctor's type gloves and you'll be fine. Buy some rubbing alcohol and tissues if you don't have gloves.

4) Work in a well lit area, and don't be afraid to use a magnifying glass or jeweler's eyepiece or something if needed. This is small fiddly work. The magnifying tweezers worked well enough for this, particularly with the ground and the pressure connector.

5) Take deep breaths and read, then re-read, then re-re-read the instructions. Go over the photos time and again if needed. If you rush this, you'll regret it.

I think that's it. In the end I'm pleased I figured it out and did it myself, but this is not for the faint of heart.

My Problem

thought i had a bad power supply because iMac had a problem turning on

My Fix

the repair went well 1 hour start to finish. wish i would have read a few more forums turned out it is the button after all according to apple my entire housing needs to be replaced in order to fix this. but i read a forum and as stupid as it sounds pick iMac up turn it upside down then touch the power button and it turns on no problem ugggghhh

My Advice

read forums. bottom line although the parts worked and the install went well. i really didn't need a power supply after all and i don't want to take my iMac apart again to send it back if they would take it back in the first place

My Problem

My iMac was over 3 years old. Has a decent i5 and graphics card but a old school HDD. I use my machine for audio podcast production so I was worried that it wouldn't keep up with my production goals.

My Fix

Amazing! The guide was perfect. Easy to follow with pictures that we exactly what I needed during the repair. I only replaced the main hard drive so I didn't need to remove the whole logic board. A few tense moments with flex cables but everything booted up after the swap.

My Advice

CLEAN EVERYTHING! Once you remove the cover glass it will be covered in dust. Clean, clean, clean. Then continue cleaning. You will notice every little spec. Also boot your machine before attaching the glass to verify everything went ok.

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My Problem

HDD-failure

My Fix

Slow tempo about an hour. No problems and no mistakes, thanks to the guide of Brittany McCrigler: iMac Intel 24" EMC 2134 and 2211 Hard Drive Replacement

My Advice

The only thing that I didn't follow, was step 11 "disconnect the LCD cable by pulling down". I disconnected it from the lcd-screen itself.

My Problem

To add a second hard drive, to my mac mini. Installed a 128 GB SSD to run the OS, and set up as a home server.

My Fix

Repair went perfectly.

My Advice

Make sure the top hard drive sits correctly into the back with the brackets on the drive. only trick part when putting back together.