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PCs of today are far more reliable than they have ever been, but that still doesn't mean that they can't — and do — go wrong. And the chances are high that if you're reading this, you're the sort of person who will want to whip the cover off your PC and take a look at what's causing the problem.
If you're going to do that, then you need the best tools to help you get the job done. Having the right tools not only makes the job quicker, it also makes it safer and prevents you from causing more damage and mayhem.
The mainstay of PC repair has to be the #2 size Phillips screwdriver. Using this you can get inside and take apart most PCs. While I've stripped and rebuilt countless PCs using the screwdriver fitted onto a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman multitool, I recommend getting your hands on a good screwdriver.
My personal screwdrivers of choice are Wiha slimline insulated range, Not only are these 10,000 Volt tested and have a 1000 Volt certification (which is a feature that can save your life), but they have been designed specifically to be able to access screws that other insulated screwdrivers can't.
Prices start at around $13.
While Wiha makes a whole range of screwdrivers, if you want to get inside something like the new MacBook Pro or iPhone you'll need special tools to help you defeat the proprietary screws. For these I recommend that you head over to iFixit which has a fantastic range of tools to help you get inside pretty much everything.
With more and more smartphones and tablets about then ever, there's a good chance that you will need to get inside one of these at some point. But the problem is, most post-PC devices are put together with such tight tolerances — not to mention copious amounts of adhesive — that opening them up without doing more damage is nearly impossible unless you have the right tools. Don't think you can just stick a knife blade into the gap between a screen and the body of the device to lever it apart — you'll end up breaking the screen, the blade, or more than likely, both!
What you need is iFixit's iOpener. This is a kit containing all the tools you need to open even the most tightly put together devices such as Apple's iPad, Microsoft's Surface, or the Motorola Moto X.
This kit contains:
- iOpener – An ingenious pad which you heat in a microwave oven and use to melt the adhesive
- Plastic Opening Tools
- iFixit Opening Picks set of 6
- Small Suction Cup
- Plastic Cards
- Phillips #000, Phillips #00, Phillips #0, Torx T5, Sim Eject, and Magnetic Pickup screwdriver bits and driver
This is an absolutely indispensable kit for anyone wanting to repair smartphones and tablets.