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Calling Reinforcements

My first thought when my screen wouldn't turn on: "What did I f*ck up?" I took the phone apart again and repeated the repair a dozen or so times. When that didn't work, I posted about my predicament in iFixIt's online forums. A few responses trickled in, and I chatted via email with a member of the iFixIt team. No matter what troubleshooting tip I tried, the screen still wouldn't work. This being my first attempt at doing the repair, it was impossible to tell whether I had done something wrong or had just gotten a bad part.

After 20-plus attempts and no working screen, it was time for reinforcements. I took my phone to a Batteries+Bulbs location in San Francisco, where a tech who does frequent iPhone repairs kindly agreed to check my work. Turns out, I'd done everything correctly, but the original screen I'd gotten was faulty or had become damaged. He put on an extra screen the store had on hand, and voilà, my 5S was up and running.

Interesting to note: The technician's tools and the screen he used looked identical to the ones I was using at home (though he had an iSclack for opening the phone). Technicians also work with instructions by their side—instructions that again looked shockingly similar to what I had at home. As far as methodology, we did the exact same thing.

One thing he had that I didn't: parts. Lots of them. When my screen didn't work, I couldn't just try a new one. If I lost a screw along the way, I was screwed. I'm now sure the faulty new screen I got was just bad luck, but when you're doing a repair at home, it's hard to test whether it's your hardware or handiwork that's bringing you down.

Should You Fix Your Own Screen?

Next time I break my iPhone screen (because let's face it, there will be a next time—I just got the 6), I'm probably going to order a repair kit and DIY it. Honestly, after repeating the steps a couple dozen times, I'm so confident with the repair process that I'd probably offer to do it for friends for free. Cracking open an iPhone is intimidating at first, but if you have ample patience (and a magnetic mat), it's a fairly easy process. I could finish the fix in 30 minutes or less.

(Note: If you broke your iPhone 6 in the first week, then you're out of luck for going the DIY route—the kits aren't available just yet.)

Still, given the time it took me on my first go-round, I can safely say that gadget repair is not for everyone. If you can't dedicate a few calm hours to the process, or struggle working with small things, then you're probably better off taking your phone to a repair shop or the Apple Store and having them do it for you. You might pay a bit more, but you're guaranteed a product that's going to work.

Calling Reinforcements

My first thought when my screen wouldn't turn on: "What did I f*ck up?" I took the phone apart again and repeated the repair a dozen or so times. When that didn't work, I posted about my predicament in iFixIt's online forums. A few responses trickled in, and I chatted via email with a member of the iFixIt team. No matter what troubleshooting tip I tried, the screen still wouldn't work. This being my first attempt at doing the repair, it was impossible to tell whether I had done something wrong or had just gotten a bad part.

After 20-plus attempts and no working screen, it was time for reinforcements. I took my phone to a Batteries+Bulbs location in San Francisco, where a tech who does frequent iPhone repairs kindly agreed to check my work. Turns out, I'd done everything correctly, but the original screen I'd gotten was faulty or had become damaged. He put on an extra screen the store had on hand, and voilà, my 5S was up and running.

Interesting to note: The technician's tools and the screen he used looked identical to the ones I was using at home (though he had an iSclack for opening the phone). Technicians also work with instructions by their side—instructions that again looked shockingly similar to what I had at home. As far as methodology, we did the exact same thing.

One thing he had that I didn't: parts. Lots of them. When my screen didn't work, I couldn't just try a new one. If I lost a screw along the way, I was screwed. I'm now sure the faulty new screen I got was just bad luck, but when you're doing a repair at home, it's hard to test whether it's your hardware or handiwork that's bringing you down.

Should You Fix Your Own Screen?

Next time I break my iPhone screen (because let's face it, there will be a next time—I just got the 6), I'm probably going to order a repair kit and DIY it. Honestly, after repeating the steps a couple dozen times, I'm so confident with the repair process that I'd probably offer to do it for friends for free. Cracking open an iPhone is intimidating at first, but if you have ample patience (and a magnetic mat), it's a fairly easy process. I could finish the fix in 30 minutes or less.

(Note: If you broke your iPhone 6 in the first week, then you're out of luck for going the DIY route—the kits aren't available just yet.)

Still, given the time it took me on my first go-round, I can safely say that gadget repair is not for everyone. If you can't dedicate a few calm hours to the process, or struggle working with small things, then you're probably better off taking your phone to a repair shop or the Apple Store and having them do it for you. You might pay a bit more, but you're guaranteed a product that's going to work.

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