Dell’s laptop service manuals often call for the use of a non-marring plastic scribe tool for removing plastics.  Usually Dell will ship one of the tools when they dispatch a part that requires the tool for installation.

Lately the tool hasn’t been showing up in the box with the replacement part, probably a cost cutting measure but a very annoying one!  I’ve been in the habit of tossing the tools in the trash once I was done since I counted on Dell to send a new one each time.

 

Dell’s List of Recommended Tools

 

Using a flathead screwdriver to open a laptop is a sure way to scratch the computer.  The basic principal of scratch hardness states that an item made of a hard material (metal) will scratch a softer material (plastic).  Plastic on plastic is much less likely to leave any marks or scratches.

If you need a plastic scribe and you don’t have one you can get one fairly cheap.  Specialized Products sells an alignment tool (Part #318X805) for $2 that is nearly identical to Dell’s tool.  Each end of the tool is similar to a flathead screwdriver but it is much narrower making it great for fitting in small spaces.

Plastic Scribe Tool

They also sell a 5 piece kit (Part #054X700) for $7 that contains a flat blade scribe and several other useful tools for working on laptops.

Scribe Tool Kit

So for $9 you can buy both and have a nice tool kit for safely working on laptops.

This was my first time ordering from Specialized Products and I can say it was a good experience.  They quickly confirmed and shipped my order.

Amazon also sells a plastic spudger tool with a flat tip on one end and a sharp tip on the other side.

If you are planning to do any work on a laptop I highly recommend using a scribe, it will make the task much easier.

Sam graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a bachelors degree in Information Technology. Currently he works as a network analyst for an algorithmic trading firm. Sam enjoys the challenge of troubleshooting complex problems and is constantly experimenting with new technologies.

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