Mac Repairman's Toolboox...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by tjwett, Aug 6, 2003.

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    tjwett

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    so i'm training right now for Apple Desktop Repair Certification and I was wondering if any techs out there could tell me what are the must-haves for the Mac repair tool kit. all i've seen so far that's really Mac-specific is a kind of
    all-in-one tool from OWC. does Apple actually sell their own tools to Mac techs, or is there a good place to get the stuff i'd need? any info would be awesome. thanks.
     
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    Rezet

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    Well, first thing they need to know is how to "fix" laptop feet. LOL
    :)
     
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    hugemullens

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    screw fixing them, just keep them in stock and a powerbook owner like me would love you!
     
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    tjwett

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    Zing! very funny. :D now, if anyone wants to offer some REAL help...lol.
     
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    Hmm...if you get me a rubber foot for my PowerBook, I'd help you! :D
     
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    tjwett

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    oh no, i've been threadjacked. damn. also, is it possible to buy factory boot/install disks from Apple for various machines? i'm working on a legacy iMac tomorrow and it would be nice to have the proper disks and whatnot. i'm sure i could run Disk Utility from my 12" PowerBook boot disk but if i need to do a restore i may be screwed. any thoughts?
     
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    tjwett

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    i have that but all it has is a CD ROM. maybe i just haven't gotten up to the part about the tools yet.
     
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    hugemullens

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    Well there's the obvious, full antistatic work surface, full selection of screwdrivers, ram, scsi and ide HDD;s, lots of little flippin' screws. As for mac specific items, i have no idea.
     
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    Macs use a lot of small Torx screws. That's the only thing that's unique about them, other than they don't break.

    As for the rubber feet, I have some. Who can supply the 15" Aluminum Powerbook to attach them to? :)
     
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    Gus

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    You can get a complete set of TORX screwdrivers from Radio Shack for about $9.00. I recommend that first.

    Regards,
    Gus
     
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    Kwyjibo

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    for common things make sure you have like a jeweler's sized set of screwdrivers, like the philips 0 thats used alot on the iBook. Also look at www.radtech.us they sell various tools that are ment to spruce up the mac and may be what your looking for.. also that g4 iMac head tool ....
     
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    tjwett

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    thanks, thanks, and thanks. i'll check all those out.
     
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    Don't forget a paperclip (for reset/CD tray override holes) and a nickel (for occasional laptop batteries.)

    In fact, those are the only "tools" I make sure to carry with my iBook.

    Other than that, you'll need a good set of screwdrivers -- Phillips, flat, hex, and Torx -- in various sizes, including long reach (or extensions) and some slightly magnetic. Don't leave home without Champs -- or any similiar mutli-tool like I've pictured at the bottom of the page.

    Don't forget pliers and needlenose. A static strap is a wise investment. Electrical tape, glue, clamps and compressed air are must-haves.

    I'd also carry a small, powerful magnet (about the size of a button) to attach to the shaft of your screwdriver to give the occasional pesky screw that won't line up a little more hold.
     

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    jbomber

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    it's all about the t-6 torx screwdriver. so tiny, so hard to find.


    well actually, the mac doesn't use that particular size,but still very hard to find.
     
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    tjwett

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    well, i used to be a low-voltage electrician so i have a bunch of stuff already. any Mac-specific stuff anyone can think of? keep the suggestions coming guys. i appreciate it.
     

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