So for the first time ever I cracked the screen on my iPhone. This is my third phone and I have to say I was pretty proud of my record. I was even so cocky that I didn’t think I needed a case anymore.
Well the Bible does say pride comes before the fall. Sure enough I dropped it on the pavement and cracked it. Shoot.
It wasn’t too bad and I thought I could live with it as getting it replaced was about $90. But then I let Titus play on it while waiting for the windshield replacement and he dropped it on the concrete floor. Shoot. Chunks of the glass were now missing.
I ended up buying a replacement screen kit off of amazon for $26 (and a case for $10) and watched a couple of YouTube videos on the replacement procedure. What’s the worst that could happen?
The kit came with the necessary tools, the screen, a magnetic pad to keep track of the screws and a screen protector for after. The instructions were surprisingly good as a few reviewers on amazon stated otherwise. Lots of pictures 😁.
I started in the evening because I figured it would be better than in the day with the kids. I should know better. Curiosity was high among the younger kids. Darkness was also an issue and I had a portable light wedged in the window above my workspace to help. Well someone slammed the outside door and the light fell right in the midst of the operation.
I thought it was over at that point as the screws in these phones are very tiny and are all different lengths. They all have a very specific home and I had them placed on the magnetic pad which has a diagram showing their places. Well the falling light rearranged a few of them and one disappeared altogether.
Stop. Breathe. Count to ten. Start searching for the missing screw.
After a fruitless search of the floor and surrounding area, I found it inside the phone. Sigh of relief.
The operation continued. After about half an hour the phone was back together and working (yay). The only issue I seem to have is with my home button now sitting properly. Turns out I installed the plate that holds the button upside down.
All in all a successful operation. Money saved, skills learned, patience tested.