Picture of How to (not) open a relay
So, I was desoldering relays and one didn't work. I wondered what the problem was. I went on google to see if there was a post or something about how to open a relay and all I got was stuff about opening mail relays which was not what I wanted. So here I am showing the world how to do it because I just figured it out.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:
1 - Dead (or live) relay
1 - Pliers
5 to 10 - minutes of time
1 - screw driver
killbox3 years ago
You could avoid the likelihood of damaging the wires by using a hotknife, to open it. or at least to punch your first hole.

here is a quick instructable i made for one. http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Hot-Knife-cuts-plastic-rope-opens-welded-pla/
techno guy (author)  killbox3 years ago
Well, I didn't really have a hot knife on me, nor did I have time to make one; but good advice, I'll keep that in mind next time.
rimar20003 years ago
Please change the title to "How NOT to open a relay"
lemonie3 years ago
I like that you acknowledge breaking this, it's a good lesson that some things are not meant to be taken apart.

Did you find a fault with the relay (wasn't working before you opened it)?