Don’t you get aggravated when your phone buttons don’t work? Yesterday, I’d HAD it. Here it is, the busy Christmas season, and I can’t even make a phone call! “Why didn’t I fix this problem sooner?” I asked myself.
I finally had no choice but to dismantle the phone and clean it thoroughly, which was the suspected problem. Many people no longer have home phones, but we have no other options due to spotty cell service out here in the land of “Making Do”.
FYI, it’s good to put the phone, tools, alcohol, cotton ball, and cotton swab on a tray. As you remove screws, keep them on the tray (don’t ask me how I know this, y’all). Also, pay very close attention to how all the pieces come apart so you can re-assemble correctly.
After removing the two visible screws toward the bottom of the phone, I recruited a little help from HH (because he’s good at patiently, carefully tearing into stuff without tearing it up – not me). The area near the screws had opened just enough to insert a knife blade or screw driver, so he carefully ran the screw driver up the side of the phone to continue separating the two pieces.
Between the housing back piece and the electronic plate, there are wires to prevent them from separating from each other. If yours is that way, just carefully keep them together so you don’t pull a wire loose. When all parts are accessible, dampen your cotton ball with alcohol. You don’t want it dripping, so squeeze out any excess.
Rub lightly over the circuit board first. No scrubbing required here. Clean the back side of the numbers plate next. especially if it has an oily feel to it, like mine did. (That’s why we do the circuit board first – don’t want that greasy residue left on our cotton ball to spread around on those circuits.)
The numbers plate is rubbery and flexible, so you can get that cotton ball around each “peg” and along rows and columns easily.
The back side of the front housing plate can be cleaned easily with an alcohol moistened cotton swab after an overall cleaning with a cotton ball. I also used a toothpick to slide around the little indentation lines on the edge of the plate.
Finally, the front. Mine wasn’t very dirty on the outside, but I ran the alcohol moistened cotton ball over the entire thing, just for good measure.
Now the fun part – putting the puzzle back together. Don’t you love puzzles? I do! Good thing we were careful to notice how it all came apart, y’all.
Guess what? The buttons work effortlessly now! Success!
Now, where was I in my Christmas rush?…