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DIY Tech: Tools you Need for Basic Gadget Repair

No matter how great your PC or phone is, something will inevitably go wrong one day. The “Right to Repair” movement has been gaining considerable traction lately, and with the right knowledge and equipment, you can fix a whole lot of things yourself. Here are some essential items every DIY gadget fanatic should have in their toolbox and you may discover deals on electronics.


iFixit Tech Pro Toolkit 

A multi-bit screwdriver will suffice for some repairs, and a set of small precision screwdrivers will take you pretty far. But the deeper you get into gadget repair, the more tools you will need: Torx and pentalobe bits, spudgers, tweezers, and more. There are some decent low-cost screwdriver sets out there, but the $65 iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit is still the best. The price may seem steep, but it comes with so many useful tools—including some specialty bits that you will not get in most other kits—that it’s well worth the money.  This has been highly recommended by many as an essential gadget fixing tool and may serve you well as technology continues to improve. 


Screw Extractor 

Imagine, you have opened up your laptop, found the part that needs replacing, and you are feeling pretty victorious—until you come upon a stripped screw that just will not budge. There are few things more frustrating, and many people have tried numerous tricks over the years to remedy the situation. Nothing has worked as well as this glorious screw extractor. Just grab the screw by the edges, and twist it out. In situations where the screw head is flush with the surface, or the head is completely destroyed, these extractors may work better. This saves a lot of timer and effort, especially if you are in a hurry. This tool by far beats searching for the right screwdriver.  


Isopropyl Alcohol and Microfiber Cloths 

Rubbing alcohol—specifically, 99% Isopropyl Alcohol—is the magical elixir of the tech world. It’s great for wiping dirt and grime off your laptop, removing leftover sticker gunk, and even cleaning grime and corrosion off your computer’s insides. If you’re having heat issues, it can even help clean off old thermal paste so you can put some new paste on. If you don’t already have this in your house, grab a bottle (along with some microfiber cloths) and keep it on hand for those tough cleaning jobs. 


Barbara Jones is a technology savy journalist. She loves to cover gaming, gadgets, AI and financial technology. Prior to becoming a journalist, Barbara was an IT professional.