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4. Precision nut drivers, size 5 mm, 5.5 mm, 6 mm, 7 mm, 8 mm, 9 mm, 10 mm, and 11
5. A heat gun (for stripping paint)
6. Compressed air in a can
7. An ESD mat and wrist strap
8. Non-marking pry tools in various sizes
9. Windex and microfiber towels
10. Any specialty tools that are needed per repair
Specialty tools can be defined as “device-specific” tools that have a special purpose. For
example, to repair an iPhone 3GS glass panel, you will need a 1.5" suction cup to remove
the broken glass panel.
I suggest after you decide what specific line of devices (or maybe all of them!) you choose
to work on, you do a little research on the Internet to find out exactly what tools you will
need and when. Unlike the inventory I mentioned earlier, it's best to have your tools now,
rather than later. Take a long look at the items you want and the items you need, and make
your tool purchase appropriately. Learn from my mistakes as a computer repair technician
for many years and don't try to use the wrong tool for the wrong job. You'll end up doing
more harm than good, which will cost you more in the long run as you're repairing your
Tool Checklist
n precision slotted and phillips screwdrivers n size 00
n size 0
n size 1
n size 2
n A heat gun
n Compressed air in a can
n EsD mat
n EsD wrist strap n A screwdriver magnetizer/demagnetizer n Non-marking pry tools in
various sizes
n precision nut drivers n size 9/64
n size 5/32
n size 3/16
n size 7/32
n size 1/4
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