I would also like to thank the guys over @ NAM (northamericanmotoring.com).
Step 1: Are you sure you have a broken unit?
Confirm that in fact you do have a bad door lock actuator. Check  fuses  other door locks functionality  wiring harness.
get your tools ready. I used torx, flat head screw drivers, pin, acetone, multimeter, DC-power supply.
Step 2: Remove Door Panel
Instead of "re-inventing the wheel" - check out this guys video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC0ciLIp6YY
Note that - the clips holding the panel on are pretty robust. there are three clips on the left side, right side and bottom that all pull srtaight out. The clips on the top also pull directly out from the door - not "up and out/' like they say in the video.