Taking Stuff Apart (and Putting Them Back Together)

As I posted a little while ago, my iPhone 4S stopped working. I got a new phone, but I still wanted to see if the iPhone was salvageable, so I spent a few bucks and bought some tools on Amazon to open the 4S up to take a peek. Since the phone is dead, I might as well take a look inside for the slim chance that I can find where the problem is. Given how popular iPhones are, instructions on taking the phone apart are easily found online. I followed this set of instructions and managed to remove the logic board from the phone. The iPhone 4S and all the innards I took out can be seen in the photo below. The parts are tiny, but the disassembly is doable with a little bit of patience and organization (so you don’t lose the screws). Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the problem, and chances are the phone needs a new logic board, so I just put the whole thing back together and stuff it on a shelf for now. It was a good little exercise.

iphone 4s taken apart
The innards of my broken iPhone 4S

Speaking of taking stuff apart and then putting them back together without making any repairs, I also took my washing machine apart. The last couple of weeks I noticed that the washer leaves soggy clothes after the spin cycle. The tub spins as far as I could tell, so I took apart the washer to check for clogs in the hoses. I have a pretty common Kenmore direct drive washer, so disassembly instructions were easy to find. The process is actually pretty easy. I went as far as taking the pump out to check for clogs, but I didn’t find anything. The funny thing during the whole process was that I was able to take the washer apart and take the hose clamps off with a small pair of pliers, but then I found that I couldn’t put the clamps back on with my pliers. I ended up having to buy a pair of tongue-and-groove pliers the next day in order to put the hose clamps back on. Below are a few pictures of my washer with its cover off.

Washing machine disassembled
After I took the outer cover off the washer.
Washing machine motor
The bottom of the washing machine, showing the motor.
Washing machine pump
Here is the pump detached from the motor drive shaft.

I didn’t repair or replace any parts on the washer, but for some reason the next time I washed my clothes, the clothes were not soggy after the spin cycle. Maybe all the washer needed was to be moved around a little? Hopefully it’ll stay in working order… until I decide to buy new ones. Since I live on my own now, it’s good to learn some DIY skills so I don’t feel completely helpless when things break down, as they unavoidably will.

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