My story is not even about my equipment. It is about my girlfriend's friend's late 2009 white macbook unibody. We were all on a trip to mexico together and she told me two of her keys (K and P) were not working. I have an undying necessity to fix everything broken around me, so I took a look at it and immediately deemed it a software issue because the keys were responding, just not properly. After booting from disk and finding the problem persisted, I realized it was actually hardware and that her keyboard was shot, which on her model, is quite a big deal; the whole topcase needed to be replaced. We are both pretty poor college students, and one day she told me that she was going to buy a netbook to replace her macbook. "Wow there!" I said, " there is no need to replace your entire computer just because two keys don't work." I told her I would do the repair myself and charge her just for parts. She was a little skeptical, but she was all out of options.
At first, I tried to do the repair without buying the proper bits. That was a big mistake. The tri-wing screws holding the battery are impossible to remove, I tried everything: melting plastic into the grooves, bending a small flathead 120 degrees, and just cramming everything I could find into the grooves. Nothing worked! Eventually I folded and bought the 54 bit driver kit to ensure that I never be without the proper tool again. Once I had the right tools, the repair went super fast.
Use the right tools and keep track of all your parts. A clean workspace is essential. Clear off your desk, and use an ice tray or a muffin tin, marked with post-it notes to keep track of all your screws.