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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 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.
February 11, 2015
I fixed it because it ha front and back screen broken.
The repair went great it's fixed.
None i did it on my own.
February 5, 2015
We have the Magnetic Project Mat and the iSclach from iFixit :)
January 30, 2015
My battery of my MacBook pro and the charge port of my iPhone 5
I started with my Macbook pro that was simple. Then came the nurve racking part my iPhone 5. This is my daily driver and can't really afford a new phone at the moment. I was a little bit nurvese but I went foward and did my best. Taking the logic board was the hardest part. Second came putting the screen back.
There are some parts of the charge port that you need to transfer that the guid does not tell you. Like the grounding wire that goes around the headphone jack. The little fome that is around the mic
January 21, 2015
My IPhone 5 battery was dying and I realized that it would be such a complicated procedure to replace a battery that most people just bought another phone and started another contract. I am disabled, and on a fixed income, so that option was not attractive.
I have Parkinson's Disease, which is a motion disorder that causes both hands to tremor. I even have restrictions on my driver's license due to the continuous uncontrollable movements. Taking on a project like the one mentioned above seemed foolish and bullheaded, but I certainly have time to attempt such challenges, so I decided to give it a shot. I also have ordered the tool-kit for this project which included a fresh battery. The repair went slow because all my movements are slow. But since I was using the right tools, including the magnetic project mat, it was a complete success. I am amazed at the tiny size of the parts of this phone. I have had enough experience fixing things to expect parts, like the tiny screws, to drop to the floor, roll, or bounce off the table, and hide themselves! However, the magnetic project mat caught every one of them, whether I was letting them drop or was placing them on the mat. Since I had the right tools for the job, I now enjoy a smart-phone that holds a charge like it did when I first purchased it.
I would advise all who start repairing tiny devices like smart-phones to make sure you allocate extra time for the project due to the possibly unforeseen problems that could arise. I was not as fast for me as the people on the Internet made it seem like it was for them. But, since I had the right tools for the job, I now enjoy a phone that can hold a charge like it did when it was new! Make sure you have all the right tools for the project!