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Ever disassemble remote to clean it?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by cypherx, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
    I have a dirty RF remote and I was thinking of taking it apart to clean the button pad good and also the top shell and top slider switch.

    Anyone do this before? Is it just the two screws in the battery compartment? My '0' key doesn't work so good so I'd like to clean it real good.
  2. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
  3. gov

    gov Legend

    Jan 11, 2013
    Treat yourself to a new one with a lighted keypad!

    Live a little!

    Splurge !
  4. djousma

    djousma Legend

    Jan 22, 2007
    I tried to clean them, was more work than it was worth. You can find brand new ones on EBAY for $4-5. I bought 4 for $20. Now I have a few spares.
  5. lesz

    lesz Legend

    Aug 3, 2010
    I had a couple of remotes on which some of the keys no longer worked. When I saw this thread, I followed the steps in the link provided in the second post. It took me a maximum of, perhaps, 10 minutes, and both remotes are now working like they did when they were new. The directions in that link were quite easy to follow, and, contrary to a couple of other posts, I found that the 10 minutes I spent was well worth the effort.
  6. cypherx

    cypherx Hall Of Fame

    Aug 27, 2010
    PA - Berks...
  7. sweep49

    sweep49 Legend

    Jul 15, 2008
    SW GA
    I have cleaned mine a couple of times and its worth the effort to me. Although new ones are cheap I hate to throw away something that is not really broken.
  8. HarleyD

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    I've cleaned my Harmony 680 in the living room a couple of times when isolated buttons became difficult and intermittent.

    It's not brain surgery. As long as you aren't brutal about it, I would think you could handle it without issue.

    Besides, what have you got to lose? It already doesn't work right.
  9. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    Well, I would definitely try to salvage a Harmony remote, those suckers are expensive! however a DirecTV remote, not so much

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