I found myself wandering into Radio Smack today looking for something to do with my hands. No one got lucky, but I did decide to combine my need for making something with my urge for depression-fueled retail therapy. Strangely, lipgloss, fetish shoes and new panties just would not do. And no one is around to wrestle me to get my new copy of Make Magazine Vol. 06 out of my panties. I wanted a project and new tools. So I decided to follow along with this instructable that caught my eye (seen on that blog everyone links to all the time), and destroy a Griffin iTrip right out of the box. Very satisfying, especially since I decided to forgo the rusty dull razorblades lying about my house as a result of accidental theft from SRL, and got myself a really nice X-acto kit. This project should only really be done with a kit like this.
Progress photoblogged after the jump. It was a very successful operation.
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My fancy new X-acto set and work area:
I read that more wire equaled more better. So I opened up some speaker wire I had laying around:
They said to use a razor blade to pry it out, but the antenna popped out in one second with this square tool:
Not pretty, but the Griffin wire is super-delicate thin braid so you have to be nimble when you wrap the copper:
Sealed with sexy black electrical tape; I found that you can pinch the wires together with force once they’re inside the tape, and the more I pinched the stronger it made the signal:
Looks good, sounds better than out of the box:
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