How To Take Apart Speakers with no Screws-Step by Step Instructions

Removing A No-Screw Speaker From A Wooden Box

Usually, speakers with no visible screws have hidden screws beneath their outer casing. Another possibility is that the parts are glued together. It is especially true with speakers that are painted or have a shiny surface. 

A speaker with a shiny surface or painted exterior is usually glued together. You can bet there are screws beneath the rubber feet, but they aren’t easy to see. If you can’t find screws, try lightly tapping the side of the case with a screwdriver handle.

The vibrations may help the glue loose. When you think you have a spot that’s looser than the rest, try inserting a thin blade to pry it open. Be careful not to scratch the exterior, though. You can also use a utility knife or multi-tool with a metal blade to cut through the glue.

Warning: Do not use a screwdriver with a magnetized end; it can wipe away any markings that indicate which way the speaker’s positive and negative terminals are wired.

Removing A Speaker without Screws From A Plastic Container

Removing A Speaker without Screws From A Plastic Container

Speakers with plastic housings are usually easier to open than those encased in wood or metal. You can use a screwdriver (again, be careful not to scrap the speaker’s casing), but you might be better off using a heat gun or hairdryer on low heat. The heat will loosen the glue and you can open the speaker easily. If not, use a thin blade to cut around the edge.

If the speaker is painted, you can scrape off some paint to make a cleaner line. Warning: A heat gun or hairdryer will melt plastic or paint.

If you can’t get something open by heating it, break out the power tools. Use your drill to carefully bore through the plastic. You’ll have to work slowly and hold the drill straight, or you might damage internal parts. Drill through all the way from one side to the other. Once you have a hole, stick the blade of your thin utility knife in and cut along the edge.

If there are plastic clips holding the case together, you can use needle-nose pliers to twist them off. Be careful when removing clips that are attached to wires; you might cause the wires to break.

Speakers With No Screws On The Outer Case

Sometimes, all you see on the outside of a speaker are wires leading to jacks or bare wire terminals. You can often pry these speakers open with a thin blade, but there’s another way to take them apart.

Use a screwdriver to loosen (but don’t remove) the speaker’s terminals. Then, insert guitar picks between the speaker cone and the magnet. Don’t use paper picks; they’ll break. Slide the picks (there should be at least three of them) up and down to separate the speaker’s components. Warning: Do not use this method on tweeters; their cones are paper-thin and you might damage them.

A No-Screw Speaker With A Hinged Case

Speakers with hinged cases can be even more challenging to open because there’s a danger of damaging the wires. Because of this, you might want to try a screwdriver first. 

If you have a small flathead screwdriver, slip it into one of the seams and try to open it at a corner. Be sure you’re only inserting the screwdriver into the seam, not between the speaker’s components. 

You can also use your utility knife to cut away at a corner of the speaker. Start with a small cut, and expand it only as much as you need to so you won’t damage the speaker’s cone or other components. You can also use a hacksaw (again, file down the teeth first).

OtterBox Speaker

One of the most difficult types of a speaker to open is an OtterBox. These speakers are encased in thick plastic shells that professionals typically don’t try to pry open. If you can’t get in by opening seams, cut away at the speakers’ edges with a hacksaw or utility knife. Once you have an opening, you can use a screwdriver to release the speaker’s components.

Speakers With No Screws And A Metal Case

Some speakers are encased in aluminum or other metal casings. You can use a hacksaw to cut through the side, but you need to be careful not to damage any of the speaker’s components. A better choice is a Dremel tool. It can cut through metal quickly and cleanly, and you won’t have to worry about accidentally damaging the speaker. You will, however, need a metal cutting blade for a Dremel tool.

If you’re really short on time, you can wrap the speaker in a towel and use your drill to bore into it. This is extremely dangerous, however, because you might accidentally hit the cone and damage it

How To Take Apart Speakers with no Screws-Step by Step Instructions
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