Happy New Year!
(more or less)
Well, I started the year off fighting one of those notorious "plastic cases". You know the kind: you*know* there's a SIMPLE way to get it open but you'll be *damned* if you can figure it out! :> (this one was just too large physically else it would have -- and eventually *did* -- open easily).
So, having taken my physical exercise for the day (year?? :> ), I wondered what sort of experiences folks have had with troublesome disassemblies.
Ignore things that aren't *designed* to be dismantled (many items apparently are not!). And, ignore automobiles (we all know these are assembled in 7th dimensional space and teleported to our dimension just prior to sale).
Are there techniques for assembly that lend themselves readily to disassembly (servicing) without risk of serious damage (cosmetic or otherwise) to the item itself? Old fashioned hardware (e.g., screws) doesn't count.
I personally find laptops to be the most anxiety laden devices to service... too many *small*, fragile plastic "snaps" that can break (unless you are familiar with the particular model). At the other extreme, old Apple computers (Quadra vintage) seemed to be the nicest "no-brainers" to disassemble (perhaps *one* screw?).
Since disassembly/reassembly is a big part of repair (time is money), anything that can cut down on the time required to disassemble (assuming it doesn't penalize the assembly time during *manufacture*) and reassemble contributes to lowering TCO on the item.
(yes, nowadays that may be a moot point... :< )
Aside from types of devices, any manufacturers that have been particularly "friendly" in this regard?
(note this is just a topic for speculation/discussion; there are no "right/wrong" answers)