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Anyone who has done electronics repair knows how irritating lost screws can be—if you’re lucky, you’ll end up with a slightly lighter laptop. If you’re unlucky, your $1,000 laptop will be brought to its knees by a $0.05 clip hiding under a table leg. Designed by fixers, for fixers, the 8”x10” Magnetic Project Mat solves this repair problem. Spacious and secure, the mat will catch and hold screws as you pull them out of a device.
Great for cell phone repairs, and you can stop worrying about screw tracking and focus on the cell phone; all the screws will be right where you left them. For laptops with hundreds of screws, use the whole mat as a screw guide and keep careful notes to not get lost.
The included pen is uniquely suited for the Project Mat. It’s made by Staedtler, the German pen company that makes top-of-the-line pens and pencils for artists and architects. Their Lumocolor Correctable pen doesn’t smear or wipe away like most dry erase markers, so if you brush your hand across the mat while performing a repair, the ink doesn’t scratch or smear. However, the eraser tip or a dry cloth wipes the ink away clean.
This mat will enable you to work more smoothly and efficiently. Check out our video, and learn how it can make lost screws a problem of the past.
Tech Specs ¶
Surface: Dry Erase
Length: 10 inches
Height: 8 inches
Thickness 0.105 inches
Ink: Lumocolor Correctable
Tip Size: .6 mm
March 18, 2015
iPhone 5 screen broken completely
The steps provided by fixit.com is enough to do. Before going to do repair, please watch the video and follow the steps, only hurdle I faced is re-assemble, especially to attach display assembly ports, screw for ports (3 screws!) took me little more time, because its delicate and my screw driver is not working the way to release the screws in the appropriate place to put back the screws ! Finally done successfully.
One note, you don't need to disconnect battery, Just turn power off your phone... that's enough and buy/get all necessary tools for this
otherwise it's very difficult to do.
Now it's working perfectly, First time right!.
I took photo after the replacement of screen!...
buy a complete set of
iPhone 5 Display Assembly (LCD, Front Panel/Digitizer Only) always from trusted source. Don't buy cheap and it
with iOpener and Magnetic Project Mat will greatly help you to re-assemble quickly!
Carefully remove the broken glass it may hurt you and dispose safely.
March 11, 2015
I'm about to embark on a year of backpacking, and felt that a brand new battery that could hold it's charge for as long as possible was a must.
The repair went smoothly. The hi-def videos walked me through every step with ease, I had few questions or confusions. Removing the battery adhesive was difficult, as one side sheared off at the start, and the other half way through the removal. I ended up using the flat spludger to "slowly" pry up the battery from the adhesive, and then remove the adhesive from the shell. Reassembly was a breeze!
I would pay careful attention when removing the screen connector; carefully note what is the socket, connector, and bracket. Also. in the event that the battery adhesive breaks off during removal, don't fret. Using the flat end of the spludger carefully pry up the battery by SLOWLY shimming it between the battery and case. Be patient as the adhesive will slowly give.
March 9, 2015
Hard drive full
less than 1 hour
Excellent tools and instructions. So easy to follow and so much fun. I'd forgotten how cool it is to repair a computer.
March 5, 2015
The factory Seagate 3tb hd died.
The iMac opening tool was perfect and the adhesive strips are top quality. The little blue tabs made it very easy to strip of the backing. They are also cut to fit perfectly, unlike the generic strips some companies sell.
I used an HGST enterprise 4tb drive. I've had great luck with the HGST drives. This machine has the Fusion drive. Disk Utility recognized the new drive and automatically reconfigured the Fusion to the new drive. No command line required.
Also used the OWC cable to enable the iMac to get drive temp to properly control fan speed.
March 3, 2015
One day, my roommate's desk lamp stopped working. When the switch was set to the on position the lamp failed to illuminate. We had a hunch. The problem could either be the bulb or the transformer brick. The bulb was simple to remove and after I swapped his lamp bulb with my lamp bulb, and saw that his bulb worked in my lamp but my bulb didn't work in his lamp, we were able to further isolate the problem–the brick.
A friend and I who is equally passionate about handling, fixing ,and simply tinkering with electronics got down to work. We unplugged the lamp and set the brick, the Pro Tech Toolkit and the Magnetic Project Mat on a work desk with plenty of space. Then we got down to business. We removed the 4 philips head screws that held the two halves of the transformer casing together, and viola! There it was. The exposed transformer coil and soft iron core were in full view. The core looked fine but before we handled it we took some safety measures. We weren't sure if there was a capacitor hidden somewhere in the device, so I got the static discharge band and grounded the whole component by placing the discharge point on multiple positions. After that, we inspected the transformer even closer, and what did we find? Salt deposits all over the interior of the soft iron core and the secondary winding. We had our answer.
The entire transformer assembly had short circuited. My roommates shoes from walking out in the snow were lined with snow and ice salt deposits. Then he would sit at his desk and rest his foot on the ledge that was coincidentally over the transformer brick. Salt water would drip into the transformer (the brick has wedged oppenings) and then went on to short the assembly. Yikes.
Don't track your snow boots into your dorm room. Leave them outside or by the door.
February 26, 2015
I wanted faster start-up of the system and faster launch of my programs.
Followed the directions and all went well.
ALWAYS use the recommended tool for each step. Use plenty of pressure on the screws, so the driver gets a good grip on the fasteners to prevent stripping the head.
February 22, 2015
I have a 180 lb. Great Dane who is very jealous of my iPad. This is the second time I've had to fix it, the first time she stepped on it and bent the frame, causing the volume button to stick. I sent the ipad off to be repaired to the tune of $100. This time she jumped on it while it was lying on my bed, shattering the glass and bending the frame. I again sent it to be fixed, this time for $200. When I got the iPad back this time, the glass and frame and the glass were repaired but the wi-fi, Bluetooth and cellular were not working. Frustrated, I decided to open the iPad up myself to see what the issue was. My husband was completely against this decision, having little faith in my ability to do the repair myself, even with help from ifixit, but I knew better.
I began by researching the problem using the ifixit data base. Once I was familiar with the inner workings of the iPad and had a pretty good idea of what the problem likely was, (in this case the wi-fi antenna had been broken during the replacement of the front glass) I ordered the antenna and the tools needed to make the repairs from ifixit, specifically the antenna, magnetic parts mat,and an iopener. The parts arrived quickly, within 3 days of placing the order. While I was waiting for the parts, I reviewed several of the instructions regarding the repair, so I would be ready to make the repair.
First, the glue is a real problem. It took patience and time to get the iPad opened up to work on it, and it's important to begin inserting the spudger exactly where the instructions suggest, it's the one area where there isn't an abundance of glue. Secondly, don't attempt this repair without a magnetic parts mat, there are so many screws it's impossible to remember which one goes where. Thirdly, if you're going to open your iPad for any reason, have a spare bezel, you're going to need it. As a P.S. I suggest you order a set of spare screws, even with the parts mat, you're going to lose at least one screw, never to be seen again, having a spare set solves that problem, and you'll have extras for when your dog decides to destroy it again, and again and again.
February 20, 2015
Trackpad was acting cray-zay - cursor would jitter and jump around, open mission control (3 finger swipe gesture), randomly scroll (2 finger gesture) etc.
Confirmed it was only the trackpad by using a mouse and turning the trackpad off. No known spills and the battery wasn't bloated.
Easy peasy. Took ~30-40 minutes to replace the trackpad, dust out the inside, swap in a SSD, and pop some new ram in. Machine is like new.
Check the clicking action on your trackpad once you have it screwed in place and before you reassemble anything. There's an adjustment torx screw on the front facing underside of the trackpad. In my case, the trackpad was just flopping around not clicking and I had to tigten the adjustment screw a bit.
February 19, 2015
The battery is not holding a charge anymore.
The repair was a little intimidating. You really have to give time when you do this. The battery is glued in the case thoroughly inside and be careful prying since some of the circuits might be pressed accidentally by the tool.
take your time and be patience. keep your screws organize, the are almost 25% smaller than a grain of rice.