Whenever you commence to repair any device or a gadget, it is utmost important that you follow a few necessary safety guidelines. This is to be taken into consideration so that you do not become prey to any sort of accident due to your carelessness or rough handling of the job. This also sends a message to other people about how disciplined and well organized you are.
Just remember that it is the law of the trade that no person wants to give his or her precious device or gadget for repairs to someone who is disorganized or has a shoddy style of working. Neatness in your job is a sure sign for attraction of new customers who are willing to leave their expensive handsets in safe hands. Follow the under mentioned rules and see the sea of change it brings to your regular business.
Safety Guidelines and Instructions For Cell Phone Repair
1. A Clean Work Station: Agreed that cell phone repairs is a mind eating and stressful job, it does not mean that you be careless and keep your work station disorganized. Keep all your regular tools within your arms reach and at appropriate place so that with time you get so well versed with the setting that when need arises for a particular tool your hand reaches out to it on its own and you do not even have to see with your eyes to locate it.
Since the condition and settings of a work station reflects on the character and habits of a person, it is indeed necessary that you keep your workplace spic and span and never leave it cluttered.
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2. Use correct tools: To work as a professional technician, it is a must that you should have all the tools that are normally required. Additionally, you should have all the specialized tools for the particular device you want to fix.
Never make do with substitutes even if you are well in hurry. For instance you will need a phillips screwdriver to open a screw with a Phillips (plus) head. Do not attempt to open it with a slotted (minus) screwdriver because you will definitely damage the head of the screw.
Also do not attempt to separate the front or back cover of a handset with your thumb’s nail. Instead use a plastic mobile phone opener because attempting to do the former way will hurt your thumb and this may stop you from carrying on your work for a long time because of the injury.
Having all relevant as well as specialized tools in your workstation is bound to send a strong message to your customers about how choosy and particular you are about your work.
3. ESD Protection: ESD (Electro Static Discharge) is the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by any contact between them. The intensity of this current can never be said as it differs from one device to another. It all depends on a person as well so as how much one can absorb it, in some cases it might give you a tingling sensation or even stun you or maybe it is possible that you may not feel it at all.
To summarize all this into one it is best you use protection for ESD. For ESD protection, you need to use an anti static wrist strap. The anti static wrist strap is to ground any static buildup in the human body. Additionally, you can also use anti static gloves and an anti static mat and ESD safe tools.
Note: I know, many (most) technicians worldwide do not use ESD protection! But it is always better to be on a safer side. If you don’t use protection, make sure you touch any metallic part before touching the motherboard. Also Its better if you do not touch any component on the motherboard.
Note: ESD protection is not required for your safety. It is for the safety of the electronic components on the motherboard.
4. Accumulate all small parts into a tray: Whenever you disassemble any handset, always make it a point that you gather all the detached parts in a separate tray (or container) so that you do not have to remember and look for the parts when you reassemble the handset. This way you will not leave out any part to be reassembled and this will also keep you informed about all the screws you have replaced and have not left out any of them.
Some customers are very much particular about these small things and they may get displeased if you leave out any of these screws. Keeping all the parts into one tray will also save you a lot of time which is bound to be wasted if you do not follow this rule.
5. Take care of delicate parts: Most of the parts in smartphones are delicate. Hence it is a must that care has to be taken while disassembling these delicate devices. Any attempt to forcefully remove a part can damage the part or the motherboard to an irreparable situation.
While handling the LCD, make sure you do not have a sharp metallic object in your hand which might cause an ugly scratch on the screen or may even break it.
6. Care while using heating equipments: All equipments such as soldering iron, rework station, hot air gun, etc which are used manually while doing repairs have to be used with utmost caution so that the user does not get scalded or burnt by them. A split second of distraction can cause an accident. So be very much alert while using these tools and have your total concentration into the job.
Also take extra precaution when you have any highly inflammable liquid such as IPA at hand as this may cause fire if this comes in contact with any of these heating equipments.
7. Take care of customer’s data: When you perform a factory reset or reinstall the operating system in a phone, all the data stored in it is compulsorily deleted. The data may be very important for some customers, so it is best advised that you inform the customer before doing it.
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