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    Hello everybody,
    I need your help disassembling a device I have.
    I opened it up yesterday and all of boards are glued (Epoxy?) to the case and I can't just pull them out. What would be the best way to undo those glue thing?

    Do I cut using Dremel? or should I heat up with something?
    Also, I don't want to mess up the case either.

    Any suggetions?
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  • #2
    Heating will probably cause damage to the case. Is the glue stuff soft enough to cut with a hobby knife (eg: x-acto knife)?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by edikp
      Heating will probably cause damage to the case. Is the glue stuff soft enough to cut with a hobby knife (eg: x-acto knife)?
      That stuff is hard. I haven't done anything yet, but if I were to cut with a knife, it could take long time.

      If I use Dremel, could dust from this stuff cause any harm to the board?

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      • #4
        should be fine. Point a fan at you while you grind to blow particles off the componenets, nothing looks open other than that speaker
        ,./(0)3

        '04 Canyon 4x4 pickup

        [---PC on hold----working on external fiberglass "tool" box---]

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        • #5
          Originally posted by EBFoxbat
          should be fine. Point a fan at you while you grind to blow particles off the componenets, nothing looks open other than that speaker
          Thanks guys.
          I guess it's Dremel time!

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          • #6
            If Im right :

            By looking at it, the glue look like it came from a hot glue gun, they are kinds rubbery. It cant be epoxy cause I can see the "thread" from the glue.

            I have removed them by using a soldering iron to melt the glue while I lift the board from the case. Dremel it if you feel more confident that way.

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            • #7
              A heated knife might work well too.

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