TouchMyApps » DIY http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:23:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 The key to DIY iPhone Repair Success http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/21/the-key-to-diy-iphone-repair-success/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/02/21/the-key-to-diy-iphone-repair-success/#comments Mon, 21 Feb 2011 17:36:52 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=48372 The evolution and complication of devices is really starting to part the seas from those who know what they’re doing, to those who can do things, to those who think they can do it, but prove that they can’t. It can definitely be a daunting, intimidating task to repair your device, whether it is an … Read more]]>

The evolution and complication of devices is really starting to part the seas from those who know what they’re doing, to those who can do things, to those who think they can do it, but prove that they can’t. It can definitely be a daunting, intimidating task to repair your device, whether it is an iPod needing a new battery, or a bruised and battered iPhone. Organization, paired with some skill and know-how, is the key to properly fixing any device.

The day of DIY Kits and repairs is upon us and its’ popularity is growing more and more every day. People are realizing day in and day out that even though their device may be broken, it, it may be worth the money to repair it. There are tons of places to get parts these days, but if you’re not quite sure what to do with those parts, you can get lost, quick.

Here are a couple quick tips that can help you ensure that your repair goes smoothly, and you keep track of what you’re removing and where.

First off, when you open up your phone, take a photograph, or find a picture that you can refer to when you’re re-assembling your phone. Taking pictures throughout the process, will help you when you’re stuck scratching your head and wondering where you should have placed that one lonely screw that was left over when it was all back together.

Next, grab a piece of paper and start sketching the inside of your phone. You’re going to sketch an outline of the inside of your phone. Draw circles for spots that indicate where a screw will be held. Multiple pieces of paper can/should be used, the further into your phone you dive.

Above you see the outline of the motherboard for a Verizon iPhone 4. The complexity of screw placement in this particular type of phone is pretty wild. There are many different size screws, and many different locations. Without organization, you will misplace screws and/or lose them.

When all screws are removed and placed on the piece of paper you drew the sketch on, tape them to the paper. As ridiculous as it may seem, all it takes is one bump, a/c unit turning on, or cough, and your screws will be all over. We used this technique for a Verizon iPhone 4 Repair, but you can apply this technique to any type of repair you may be performing.

When you’ve replaced the damaged parts, you’ll be in awe at how easy it will be to retrace your steps, and put screws back in the same spot. If you have any hesitations at all, we do highly recommend contacting a cell phone repair professional so that you don’t screw anything up.

This article was brought to you by guest author Chris Johncke, founder of iFixyouri, a website service dedicated to repairing all iDevices.

Related reading: Dropped your iPhone/iPod Touch into Water? Follow these steps, quick!

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DIY iPad case: ぞうのハナコ (the elephant flower girl) http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/19/diy-ipad-case-the-elephant-flower-girl/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/19/diy-ipad-case-the-elephant-flower-girl/#comments Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:03:50 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=37989 While big name livery gets all the headlines, it’s the products of real makers that stand out. Really, what’s 5$ of felt and a few hours of your time? The above is the product of my genius wife, who having run out of room in her Celtic colouring book, decided to make a case for … Read more]]>

Introducing the elephant flower girl DIY iPad case

While big name livery gets all the headlines, it’s the products of real makers that stand out. Really, what’s 5$ of felt and a few hours of your time? The above is the product of my genius wife, who having run out of room in her Celtic colouring book, decided to make a case for her iPad. I showed her my scheduler-esque Marware Eco-Vue iPad case (certainly svelte for a scheduler – and pictured here for the Kindle), but she wasn’t impressed. She wanted cute. We headed to PixDix, to the Apple Store, to BestBuy, to #Apple, and to various online retailers; not a one presented anything quite cute enough. Frustrated, but still kicking, my wife found SopoShop, and a really cute elephant pouch. Every poet is a thief and every biology lab researcher can replicate the finest of details, so while we bypassed SopoShop’s unfortunate dearth of iPad cases, we did come away with the elephant flower girl.

Piccies and more after the gap:

SopoShop don’t sell rip-offs, they sell quality hand-made goods. What happens when a person gets behind earthen material is that rather than mere form or function, creativity, too, is loosed. The elephant flower girl is cute, it’s soft, and it cost a mere 5$ in materials (that didn’t come out of my weekly allowance – yippee!).

Designing and making your own case is a lot of fun. It also just so happens to use higher brain functions and entertains spouses to no end. My wife sat at her work for nigh on a week, stitching, thinking, and attacking with all the verve of a hungry biologist.

So why don’t more people make their own iPad cases?

Simple really: they lack the skills, the creativity, or the energy to do it – or they think they do. This felt pouch will probably outlast my other case, at least while still looking good. The Marware works, but it’s already begun to stretch out and catches my thumb when I try to type. Apart from super-cuteness the elephant flower girl has no genuine utility; so while I could argue that it lacks a certain pragmatic flair, the truth is that at least it does its job with panache while the Marware Eco-Vue does its job, but rather than excelling in all areas, apes shigzeo’s schoolboy days, i.e., catching up slowly from the back of the class.

If the elephant flower girl gets dirty, it can be washed and will still look cute. If it gets bruised, it can be bandaged and will still look cute. No manner of newfangled fibres zapped together by some 3D printer will attain this level of appeal. Those fibres may be more useful – that is, until they stretch too far – than the elephant flower girl ever will be as a protector; but at every turn, I will be reminded of how lazy I am, of how I couldn’t just hunker down over a piece of cardboard, some fake leather, and a cheap sewing kit to crack out a smashing design.

I’ve an Apple iPad case on the way (thanks Louis) which should at the very least alleviate the Marware’s evil typing angle, but I’ll be damned if I want to go out in public with such a bland, black sliver of polyester as part of my stylin’ getup.

At 30, I feel that I too am entitled to a bit of cuteness and God help me, it will be stitched by my own hands.

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DIY iPhone 4 Tripod Case/Plate http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/29/diy-iphone-4-tripod-caseplate/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/29/diy-iphone-4-tripod-caseplate/#comments Tue, 29 Jun 2010 14:27:26 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=35337 I reckon that Michael Koerbel must have used something like this DIY panner to make his excellent video, Apple of my eye. Considering all the expensive accessories Apple want iDevice users to dish out for, it’s nice to see fans actually make stuff rather than just consume. … Read more]]>

I reckon that Michael Koerbel must have used something like this DIY panner to make his excellent video, Apple of my eye. Considering all the expensive accessories Apple want iDevice users to dish out for, it’s nice to see fans actually make stuff rather than just consume.

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