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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
April 16, 2015
I had a bicycle accident and I got my iphone 5S crystal scrren and lcd broken
Just fine. I had a little problem during the front button reassembly refering to the metal support and a small squared linner but finally i got it the right way.
the step-by-step guide was of great help and the video guide too. I would add a little more detail in the video guide maybe adding, for some steps, a detailed photo, slide or diagram as support.
April 12, 2015
Replace logic board; replace HDD with SSD; move HDD to optical bay; upgrade RAM.
All in all, everything went well. Considering that this was my first repair ever, it took me much longer (4-6 hours) than indicated (40-60 mins). Also, during the repair I had to watch a couple of video tutorials on YouTube, because sometimes the guides alone weren't sufficient.
To anyone who's going to do this repair, make sure you also get a 5.5 mm Phillips screwdriver. During the repair I came across a step which required this particular screwdriver, but I didn't have one since it wasn't mentioned on the list of required tools of the logic board replacement guide.
Furthermore, there is a Phillips #1 Screwdriver listed as a required tool for this repair, but I didn't use it since I managed to carry out that particular step using a Phillips #00 Screwdriver instead.
Also, at the end of the logic board replacement guide it says: "To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order". This is slightly misleading, simply because in doing so you would omit a very important step, namely to apply new thermal paste first. Therefore, I would advise to either include or refer to the 'Applying Thermal Paste' guide at the end of the logic board replacement guide.
April 6, 2015
After a hard fall onto a hardwood floor, the screen cracked.
Overall it was surprisingly easy, especially because of the easy to follow guides here on ifixit.com. The only part of the repair that was somewhat problematic was getting the multi-connector cable to fit back into the phone when putting it back together. Getting it put back in the correct direction was a bit of a puzzle. But eventually I managed to do it by really examining the pictures. At the end of the repair the phone booted up with no issues at all.
I would have payed a little more attention to how the cable that connects everything together was situated and layered before removing it, maybe even taking some photos of it myself from several angles.
April 2, 2015
My iPhone battery usually dies down every year. Last year in January I paid around $90 to get the battery replaced. But when I saw I could do it myself for just the cost of the battery and shipping I went for it.
I took my time and followed the video published and I was able to change the battery without any major issues.
The toughest parts are making sure I removed the top screen and then later removing the glue from the battery.
The rest of the repair was fairly easy.
I bought the Magnetic Project Mat which I will use for other projects and it really helped me with the small screws.
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.