Restoring a pair of Junk DualShock 2 Controllers for my Playstation 2 - Retro Console Restoration

After restoring a white Playstation 2 I thought I need a pair of white controller to go along with so why not restore myself a pair. I found a pair as part of a junk lot.
I've restored few other models of the DualShock controllers. This one looks quite similar on the ouside but the inside is all new although it has very similar structure.
Immediately I noticed one of the controllers was only had a broken thumb stick and the other would power on ( the light turns on) but none of the buttons worked. After opening the second controller I could see it was assembled wrong. The plastic sheet that contains the circuits for the buttons was not in it's place but it was under the main board so they circuits did not connect. I did not find out why the controller was originally opened. Also one of the wires to the vibration motor needed to be re-soldered, maybe the previous owner tried to fix that and though they had broken the controller...
As usual I washed the parts with Mr. Ducktor and since the plastic was yellowed, I put it in the retrobrighting bath. Tutorial for the process can be found here:
After de-yellowing, I tested the cables for both controllers. It can be done easily by checking that each pin in the controllers plug connects to one of the wires at the other end. Everything seemed to be working and I was not able to find any major damage. So there was not much necessary need for further repairs. However the joysticks for the controllers get loose over time and the second controller felt like it was already quite loose so I decided to replace the joysticks while I had the controller open. Usually the left joystick is the one that need replacing because it's used more often used. For the first controller I put in a fresh pair of thumb sticks.
Thanks for watching!
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Replacement analog stick (electrical part):
Replacement thumb stick:
Screw driver set:
Soldering iron
Hydrogen peroxide:
UV LED strip:
99.9% isopropyl alcohol (IPA):
Power source (for leds):
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  1. Joe Harley

    Joe Harley

    Πριν ημέρα

    This makes for surprisingly good ASMR...

  2. Awesome_Squad


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Can someone please tell me what’s happening at 10:36? I don’t really understand what he’s doing

  3. Gerardo García Berumen

    Gerardo García Berumen

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Would you be so kind to tell me the name of the screw driver set that you use? I can't see it with the link that you posted in the description. Great video BTW!

  4. Jayshree Satale

    Jayshree Satale

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    It LOKS like something hah ha that was so funny

  5. Jayshree Satale

    Jayshree Satale

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    It LOKS like something hah ha that was so funny

  6. Rob


    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Nice trick for wicking the solder away without a solder sucker! I wouldn't have thought of that.

  7. Demian Silva

    Demian Silva

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    see ya

  8. donna Moore

    donna Moore

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    I have a playstation 3 dual shock controller that the analogue stick has stopped springing back to original play any suggestions please

  9. Paulo Sousa

    Paulo Sousa

    Πριν 14 ημέρες


  10. Alpha


    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    I wish everyone was a fan of me online, AND in real life cos ONLY my family is a fan of me and THATS IT . I will never be a good youtuber, I only hav 13 subs anyway... but at least super infinity likes me.

  11. Norlan Suico

    Norlan Suico

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    What should i do, i have a ps2 controller and L1 button wont work

  12. Trapper Uzi

    Trapper Uzi

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    Hey I’m not sure if my original ps2 controller was opened up before but there’s two screws that seem either stripped or over screwed either by the company or by someone. Any ideas on how I can get it out. It’s on the top side and on the bottom side, those are the only screws not letting me open the controller. I really want to clean inside the controller for better feel.

  13. Little César Reinoso

    Little César Reinoso

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    Ducktors pool, no trespassing Me: YEET

  14. Little César Reinoso

    Little César Reinoso

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    All other controllers: we good Gray controller: bit cracked, that's all Controller one: yellowed and broken joystick Controller two: all broken up and shit

  15. Hate_Love12


    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    So I found your videos on a bad day because i was searching for something to watch to distract myself from a headache, and that video happened to be when you repaired that old keyboard for your home office. I watched more of your videos and i've begun to figure out and memorise some of the routine stuff for fixing things, like cleaning electronics with isopropyl alcohol and deyellowing with Hydrogen Peroxide. a few weeks later, here I am, on this video, and I finally understand what you're doing with melting the long metal stick to make sure the joysticks stay in place. I'm so proud of myself.

  16. César Gomes

    César Gomes

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

  17. Soyeahsauce


    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    16:31 nice

  18. PetermusPrime


    Πριν 22 ημέρες

    Ducktor's pool should read Next Patient Please!

  19. James Cregan

    James Cregan

    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    This is great video...does you know (or anyone know if the red light doesnt turn on, is the joypad fully broken?

  20. Dude 14

    Dude 14

    Πριν 26 ημέρες

    "Recovering an old Ducktor" very soon

  21. Mar Tea

    Mar Tea

    Πριν 26 ημέρες

    when i open these pads i always pluck off these motors for vibration and pad gets lighter.

  22. Akrati Sanjay

    Akrati Sanjay

    Πριν 27 ημέρες

    Hey can I have one of those

  23. freasses


    Πριν 28 ημέρες

    Don't know if someone already mentioned but hey Odd you did great but I suggest two things, there is a small test software that lets you test the controller buttons with the pressure sensitivity each one has as well as test full motor range, and also the R2 and L2 buttons are made to be snapped in place after you close the controller, it is way easier that way, and for the Dpad the spider-like piece the missing leg should point to where the stick is

  24. FocusJulian


    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    Hes ready for a LAN party with all those controllers................... legend

  25. Kechis


    Πριν μήνα

    How much would you charge to restore a ps2 and controller?

  26. Jason Canfield

    Jason Canfield

    Πριν μήνα

    I have had to take these controllers apart a few time to change out the left joystick. Hard as fuck to put back together especially the trop triggers!

  27. krrezba_almost


    Πριν μήνα

    Now you and ducktor can play together :D

  28. Three Herring Corporation

    Three Herring Corporation

    Πριν μήνα

    Curious if you went to school for this? I want to do this type of thing so bad!

  29. Ricardo Strobel

    Ricardo Strobel

    Πριν μήνα

    Can I retrobrite the thumbstick rubber or the hydrogen peroxide will damage the rubber?

  30. Boyogamer123


    Πριν μήνα

    These decade old controllers work better than Joy-Cons.

  31. Camygael


    Πριν μήνα

    Can you PLEASE do Gamecube

  32. Linus KL

    Linus KL

    Πριν μήνα

    Empfohlen von Leon

  33. Nyzham Osman

    Nyzham Osman

    Πριν μήνα

    Haha...hiding Nutella

  34. K Missoni

    K Missoni

    Πριν μήνα

    I feel like the ducktor has seem some shit over the years :D

  35. Gigatronic


    Πριν μήνα

    Why is this so satisfying to watch? xD

  36. Simp Detector

    Simp Detector

    Πριν μήνα

    My xbox 360 doesn't power on and i don't know why

  37. Thorlos


    Πριν μήνα

    I think Odd Tinkering is the first person in the world to put a go pro in a tooth brush

  38. Green6uy


    Πριν μήνα

    How many of us? : Shit, one of them could be mine.

  39. Monkeh


    Πριν μήνα

    Your screwdriver set isn't available on amazon anymore - links broken

  40. Radio ShowMachine

    Radio ShowMachine

    Πριν μήνα

    That’s amazing how the UV lights gets rid of the yellowing.

  41. leon The zombie

    leon The zombie

    Πριν μήνα

    these white controllers are also like $20 more then a black controller.

  42. PitterBug07


    Πριν μήνα

    The link for UV-Led strip is to a black light set (at least for me that's what comes up) is this the correct item? I have my own console I would like to restore. 🙂

  43. midas


    Πριν μήνα

    11:46 controller stick heven

  44. midas


    Πριν μήνα

    9:38 the three year old that thinks that is water

  45. AHumanIThink


    Πριν μήνα

    please, add a new nemo sticker

  46. Pauline D

    Pauline D

    Πριν μήνα

    What is the screwdrivers brand? The link doesn't work for me.

  47. Conor Kikel

    Conor Kikel

    Πριν μήνα

    I love these console/game restoration vids. Done a few restorations myself. Not as good as these though.

  48. Dukefazon


    Πριν μήνα

    10:10 - you can't decide that unless you actually test it. Pro tip: you can take off the potentionmeters on the sides if you only need to fix those while the "body" of the stick is still okay. And it's just 3 pin desoldering instead of 14 (I believe it's 14, 4 of it is structural the others are actually doing things, 3x2 for the potentionmeters and 4 for the button under the stick).

  49. Jacob Hoekzema

    Jacob Hoekzema

    Πριν μήνα

    Do you have a new link for the screwdriver set?

  50. Phạm Văn Chuyển

    Phạm Văn Chuyển

    Πριν μήνα

    I am a television repairman 🙏Thank you so much for watching my video, please don't forget to LIKE & SUBSCRIBE. ✌

  51. Pedro Tiago Araújo

    Pedro Tiago Araújo

    Πριν μήνα

    IFixIt should really sponsor this guy

  52. takeabreath


    Πριν μήνα

    jack and daxter omg I love this game 🥰

  53. Come Along Pond

    Come Along Pond

    Πριν μήνα

    Do you keep all the consoles you repair and restore? Just out of curiosity:)

  54. Derek Brown

    Derek Brown

    Πριν μήνα

    30 years later restoration on retro Nintendo switch

  55. MrTakeda 1

    MrTakeda 1

    Πριν μήνα

    Do you think he can fix a ps3 I was told there hard

  56. Rebecca Fisk

    Rebecca Fisk

    Πριν μήνα

    Conspiracy Theory-there are two Odds. One does the plastics and electronics while the other does the metals and woods.

  57. Keith Robertson

    Keith Robertson

    Πριν μήνα

    Is the pool where you first clean it just soap and water?

  58. sqwidink1


    Πριν μήνα

    Ultrasonic cleaner :)

  59. Adri


    Πριν μήνα

    He didint post for 3 weeks becouse hes playing his ps2 ! Waiting so you can restore a ps3

  60. Peonies Cry

    Peonies Cry

    Πριν μήνα

    That toothbrush POV 👌

  61. Galco Boi

    Galco Boi

    Πριν μήνα

    Knew i missed a video

  62. Jean philippe Billaud

    Jean philippe Billaud

    Πριν μήνα

    bonjour super vidéo ,ou trouvé vous les pièces de rechanges

  63. Wilford L. Hermann III

    Wilford L. Hermann III

    Πριν μήνα

    That silver controller would nice for my silver ps2 XD

  64. RubyCube YT

    RubyCube YT

    Πριν μήνα

    in 2050, will you do a dualshock 4 video too??

  65. Heiji Hattori

    Heiji Hattori

    Πριν μήνα


  66. Frumpysnorfls


    Πριν μήνα

    how come these work great after 20 years yet sony and nintendo are having drifting problems? queue DejaVu.mp3

  67. Just Comet

    Just Comet

    Πριν μήνα

    Please all I want is a nemo sticker please

  68. Scorbunny Raboot

    Scorbunny Raboot

    Πριν μήνα

    make a sega genesis/mega drive set and controllers

  69. Michal Pavuk

    Michal Pavuk

    Πριν μήνα

    Ok man..already 3 weeks and no new video?? I'm starting to have a withdrawal symptoms 🥴



    Πριν μήνα

    fun fact: he wastes more money on parts than on buying items.

  71. Ellie Williams

    Ellie Williams

    Πριν μήνα

    You shoul restore a PSP

  72. Erica Schmid

    Erica Schmid

    Πριν μήνα

    Please restore a Sega Mega Drive!

  73. Luigi von Cheeseburger Jenkins IV

    Luigi von Cheeseburger Jenkins IV

    Πριν μήνα

    Can you restore a junk Nintendo DS next?

  74. Opening Things

    Opening Things

    Πριν μήνα

    @oddtinkering We have similar styles of videos (yours are better) - maybe I need some gloves for my videos?

  75. Erik Mateo Carvajal Mendez

    Erik Mateo Carvajal Mendez

    Πριν μήνα

    What is the name of the screwdriver set you use in the videos? by the way I used the google translator so I don't speak English so if you have spelling mistakes it's because of that haha

  76. Topper 87

    Topper 87

    Πριν μήνα

    Im actually going to use your videos to repair and clean up my N64 and old Playstation 2 slim! Keep them coming. I really enjoy watching the gaming console stuff!

  77. FNF gaming

    FNF gaming

    Πριν μήνα


  78. Thomas TICA

    Thomas TICA

    Πριν μήνα

    My dog passed today, and I haven’t been able to think about anything else today until I came across your videos. Thank you so much

  79. Edward Ramos

    Edward Ramos

    Πριν μήνα

    Well i have a request for oddtinkering i have a ps3 system and i was wondering if you can probably try and restore it and ill send u a game with it so u can test it

    • Edward Ramos

      Edward Ramos

      Πριν μήνα

      With the controller's

  80. Cece Hedrick

    Cece Hedrick

    Πριν μήνα

    I love ducktor

  81. ANGOT 55

    ANGOT 55

    Πριν μήνα

    More videos please!!! 😢😭



    Πριν μήνα

    New video should be psp

  83. Big Boi

    Big Boi

    Πριν μήνα

    Do an Xbox 360 slim next!

  84. Roberto Galeano

    Roberto Galeano

    Πριν μήνα

    Ducktor, turn off my pain inhibitors

  85. lepiratesourcil


    Πριν μήνα

    C'est hypnotisant !

  86. ItsAlexPlayz


    Πριν μήνα

    I would like to see you restore an original fat PS2! That would be cool! Or maybe even a red ringed original Xbox 360.

  87. galluprichard


    Πριν μήνα

    Do a gameboy advance sp

  88. Someone


    Πριν μήνα

    you are inspiring me to study so that I can go to computer science/electronics university.

  89. JOSHUA Millard

    JOSHUA Millard

    Πριν μήνα

    I just found my old DSI XL and the top screen it’s cracked. I would pay to have you restore it. I had so many old memories on it



    Πριν μήνα

    Good afternoon, how long did it take to clarify without hydrogen peroxide?

  91. BiteforceFPS


    Πριν μήνα

    This is how many times he used isopropyl alcohol | |

  92. Pablo Mendez

    Pablo Mendez

    Πριν μήνα

    The most patient man ever

  93. SnowBuried


    Πριν μήνα

    you should do a gamecube at some point!

  94. Mark Lambert

    Mark Lambert

    Πριν μήνα

    Did you major in psychology? Every little action and movement you take is soothing and satisfying. I feel manipulated watching your videos, and I have no complaints about it.

  95. Mehh hhh

    Mehh hhh

    Πριν μήνα

    Where to buy?

  96. RinBoy


    Πριν μήνα

    Hi! What do I have to study to be like you? I mean to repair that kind of things and what else will i be able to do?

  97. Simon Park

    Simon Park

    Πριν μήνα

    I don't know why, but I couldn't stop watching it 'til the end. Thanks anyways. LOL

  98. ZapHat


    Πριν μήνα

    Does anybody else have a play station portable cause I do and I got this ben 10 game that I loved

  99. Captain Bender

    Captain Bender

    Πριν μήνα

    Your soldering skills have improved. Nice work!

  100. Cube Central

    Cube Central

    Πριν μήνα

    Bob the Builder wishes he was this good...