deconstruction: my experience

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

– Malala Yousafzai


Recently I deconstructed a Dell Inspiron laptop. My family urged me that the process would be “super easy” and a piece of cake.
It was not a piece of cake.
The experience was much more challenging than I imagined. But it’s that feeling where you feel as if that experience made you more knowledgable tought you so much more than laptop parts. (23 New Words for Emotions That We All Feel, but Can’t Explain)
The entire deconstruction took well over 10 hours. Yes, 10+ hours. Shocking. Actually, it was really fun. Partially because I was surrounded by around 30 people who were also deconstructing a device. Anything from laptops, irons, phones, Walkmans, remote-controlled cars, dvd players, hard drives, …
I have a few photos of my deconstruction. They’re not the best- I was using an awful camera. 😦

This is a slide show of my work.

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Are you ready to see my final result?


This glorious piece of art was done by yours truly. *Applause and a few punctuated whistles* Thank you, thank you, you’re too kind.
I first got inspired to do deconstruction by: this video
Tell me you’re not mind blown by this, right? Don’t you agree that this video is just pure awesomeness?
You can basically deconstruct any broken mechanical or digital device. A few things you can do with the components is make a piece of art, form an entirely new creation, or put it back together to make it work again.
Through deconstruction, I learned all the components of a laptop which I will gladly teach you if you want to learn them. I’ve had to use around 50 different screwdrivers for the entire thing. No joke. A few screws were so stubborn, they took up an hour on their own. So of course, what’s the reasonable solution? *Chainsaw background* Ha, no. I’m not that risky- I just used a hammer.
Anyway, pulling out the keyboard was really cool. I had to keep one end pried open with a knife, and the other side propped up with scissors. I used both of them to finally make it pop out. The covering peeled off like a sticker. There were many layers I had to go through. What was frustrating was that I wanted to take out a plastic screen that shielded the components except for that one screw. Aargh. I didn’t actually see any resistors, capacitors, or inductors, so that was strange.
So that’s everything. Well, everything you’d probably find most interesting. I’ve got to say that I didn’t know I would get this involved and be this interested. Deconstruction opened a door for me and I feel like I’m introduced to something new and I’ve gotten better and this sort of thing.
Advice of the day: Try this at home kids!
Wisdom I’ve obtained through the journey: Almost anything is possible with a knife.
So that ends it with a happy note.


I started working on a short story which I want to share with you. I’ve worked out a basic outline of it. The story centers around a man whose wife died thirty years ago, and he’s having a mid-life crisis. He meets his old friend, and everything changes. It’s more interesting than it sounds, don’t worry. I’ll be releasing each scene with every post.
Do you guys think you’ll try this out?


3 thoughts on “deconstruction: my experience

  1. Random Veda says:

    That sounds awesome!! However, I don’t think I’ll be taking my laptop apart anytime soon. I kinda need it, ya know. 😀


    • Dialia says:

      Thanks Random Veda! I totally get it, but whenever it breaks, you could deconstruct it. Not hoping for it to break or anything… but really any electronic or mechanical thing you own, you could take apart. I challenge you 🙂


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