During the winter term at Waterloo, I noticed something weird happening with my 2-in-1 laptop. It looked like the screws attached to the screen hinges had torn through the bottom base, which made the screen wobble a lot whenever I touched it. For the time being, I decided to put some tape near the hinges, 🙃 and hope that it lasts for some time (it did not). At least until I move to Austin for my internship at data.world. (I could hear a crackling sound from near the screen 😖)
As soon as I reached Austin, I ordered a new bottom base for my laptop from ebay. Like most spare parts, it was shipping from China. This meant waiting another couple weeks to fix my laptop. But when it was finally here, I opened up the laptop, and tried replacing it. The part where the screw screws 🔩 into is the frame of the laptop. To my surprise, it was also busted. I took apart the screen while I was at it, and kept my 1-in-2 laptop in a cardboard box, with some bubble wrap, and ordered a brand new frame.
In order to use the new frame, I had to remove ALL the parts from my laptop: power buttons, speakers, touchpad, keyboard, ..., you name it, I had to remove it. (except the screen of course) I noticed that removing all these components was way quicker than putting them back in. But once it was assembled, I had an almost brand new laptop, for around USD 80! ✨