Introduction: Prying Tool for Electronics

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Before you can diagnostic any kind of electronic problems on a device first you have to open the case of what you are trying to fix.

Back on the day any electronic housing was screw together but now a days everything snaps together.

Opening a iPhone, GPS, LCD TV, etc... it's almost an art, you have to figure it out how to open apart and avoid scratches, breaking anything and don't leave any tool marks on the plastic case.

On this Instructables i will show you a tip how to open any electronic housing the easy way.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Watch the video and see how I open a tv remote without damaging the plastic edges of the case.

Step 2: Gather the Material

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You will need for this project:

- Guitar Pick ( I use a Fender 73mm MED )

Step 3: Get Started

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A good rule of thumb when opening anything is choosing the right tool for the job and a nice tip is never use a tool harder than the material that you are trying to open, in other words never use a flat screwdriver as a prying tool to open plastic cases because it will leave marks all over.

A tool that I use for years for this job is a simple guitar pick, i know i know its not design for it but like I said i use this for years and it never let me down.

Of course you can by a special prying tool, you have a lot of manufacturers that sell that but this solution its very cheap in comparison and please the gods of DIY.

To use this is simple just run the guitar pick along the sides of the case and it will open the plastic snaps.

Because this tool is made of Nylon the same material as the manufacturers tools, its very flexible and never breaks.

Step 4: Final Thoughts

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This is a small tool to add to your toolbox, the high-friction coating gives a nice grip and the Nylon avoids scarths on the plastic housings

Tell me on the comments below what applications you will use this for.

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Comments

matt392 made it! (author)2017-01-24

Just bought 12 dozen thin (.46 mm) guitar picks from Sam Ash in NYC:
http://www.samash.com/picks/sam-ash-celluloid-351-...
Tested them quickly back at the office and the picks were able to fit between the screen bezel and top cover of a laptop. Thank you - great idea!

amberrayh (author)2015-02-17

Great tip. Thanks for sharing! I just scratched up a cell phone case the other day, trying to pry it open with a screw driver.

Yes its works fine on cell phone, i being using on my for several years.

Thanks for the comment

snoopindaweb (author)2015-02-26

Easy to vote on that one. In this "Peek & Plum" town there is no place to get a pick, but that opens up ideas. I'll open a couple remotes that I never could before tho I'm sure they have brand "code" problems. That little Katie Patton on You Tube shows how to test remotes on a mobile phone Ya' know, I'll have to borrow one of those phones. - Tell Her G-G says hi. ~(:-})

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