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Topic # 111663 10-Nov-2012 15:53 Send private message

I have a need to open up a small IR remote handset (came with a media player), due to the battery contacts being broken.

I assume these cheapy units are simply glued, rather than having locking tabs/lugs, so was wondering if there is a product or means to assist this 'ungluing' .... prising the halves apart is bound to leave marks and possibly crack the casing.

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  Reply # 715207 10-Nov-2012 16:19 Send private message

Could try to soften the glue by heating it delicately with a hair dryer? Would be a bit risky though

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  Reply # 715209 10-Nov-2012 16:29 Send private message

Yea get some heat on it. Probably not a heat gun but a hot hair dryer would be fine.

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  Reply # 715223 10-Nov-2012 17:12

It would help if you said what the remote came from.
Most of them are screwed/clipped together - but if there are no screws visible then clipped/glued.

Sadly - once you have ripped it apart (and probably broken the clips :-( ) - you will know where they are. But unless there is some internet info - you are doing it blind and only get the one chance to get it right...




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  Reply # 715248 10-Nov-2012 17:44 Send private message

I'll wait until my wife has gone out and then commondeer her hair dryer.

robgj63: No screws, and yeah, once apart it is usually pretty clear where the snap-lugs are ... ha ha ha. This is a Chines-manufactured unit and absolutely nothing on the 'net about it. The manual is basically a "put-battery-in-point-and-click" affair.

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  Reply # 715274 10-Nov-2012 18:49 Send private message

Can't recall ever seeing a remote glued together (and as a kid I worked in a TV repair shop), it is not a manufacturing-friendly solution. All of them clip together, some have a screw in addition, some have a heat staked pin. Most can be really hard to open, and if a heat staked pin then it has to be drilled out. It is very likely you will end up breaking a couple of clips to get it open. Then use contact glue to close it up so it can be opened again if you have to.




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  Reply # 715408 11-Nov-2012 10:39 Send private message

UPDATE: All good, unit was of the lug/clip type, started using a thin blade and twisting, then working around edge ... only broke one clip on the inside.

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  Reply # 715440 11-Nov-2012 13:06

Rickles: UPDATE: All good, unit was of the lug/clip type, started using a thin blade and twisting, then working around edge ... only broke one clip on the inside.

R.

Well done! Always a bit of a 'hold your breath' moment when you wonder if it will be completely stuffed or whether you will be able to proudly say 'I fixed it!'




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  Reply # 715449 11-Nov-2012 14:28 Send private message

Nice one. A big problem is figuring which half should be levered out.

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