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.
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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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  • lumps
    lumpsVor 2 Stunden

    "Somebody tried to hide Nutella in here" That fiend!

  • Carlos Alberto Galetto Gomez
    Carlos Alberto Galetto GomezVor 3 Tage

    16:10 BEAUTIFUL

  • Kenneth Plays
    Kenneth PlaysVor 4 Tage

    No hate but you should rename it to "retro *controller* restoration" :) Other than that i love your vidoes!

  • Napster2002 . aspx
    Napster2002 . aspxVor 5 Tage

    Repair all of those and sell them. Ps2 controllers sellout like crazy at a local retro game store I live near.

  • Joe Harley
    Joe HarleyVor 10 Tage

    This makes for surprisingly good ASMR...

  • Awesome_Squad
    Awesome_SquadVor 13 Tage

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

  • Gerardo García Berumen
    Gerardo García BerumenVor 14 Tage

    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!

  • Jayshree Satale
    Jayshree SataleVor 16 Tage

    It LOKS like something hah ha that was so funny

  • Jayshree Satale
    Jayshree SataleVor 16 Tage

    It LOKS like something hah ha that was so funny

  • Rob
    RobVor 16 Tage

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

  • Demian Silva
    Demian SilvaVor 21 Tag

    see ya

  • donna Moore
    donna MooreVor 22 Tage

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

  • Paulo Sousa
    Paulo SousaVor 22 Tage


  • Alpha
    AlphaVor 22 Tage

    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.

  • Norlan Suico
    Norlan SuicoVor 23 Tage

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

  • Trapper Uzi
    Trapper UziVor 24 Tage

    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.

  • Little César Reinoso
    Little César ReinosoVor 25 Tage

    Ducktors pool, no trespassing Me: YEET

  • Little César Reinoso
    Little César ReinosoVor 25 Tage

    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

  • Hate_Love12
    Hate_Love12Vor 25 Tage

    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.

  • César Gomes
    César GomesVor 26 Tage

  • Soyeahsauce
    SoyeahsauceVor 28 Tage

    16:31 nice

  • PetermusPrime
    PetermusPrimeVor Monat

    Ducktor's pool should read Next Patient Please!

  • James Cregan
    James CreganVor Monat

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

  • Shaswat Srivastava
    Shaswat SrivastavaVor Monat

    "Recovering an old Ducktor" very soon

  • Mar Tea
    Mar TeaVor Monat

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

  • Akrati Sanjay
    Akrati SanjayVor Monat

    Hey can I have one of those

  • freasses
    freassesVor Monat

    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

  • FocusJulian
    FocusJulianVor Monat

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

  • Kechis
    KechisVor Monat

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

  • Jason Canfield
    Jason CanfieldVor Monat

    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!

  • krrezba_almost
    krrezba_almostVor Monat

    Now you and ducktor can play together :D

  • Three Herring Corporation
    Three Herring CorporationVor Monat

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

  • Ricardo Strobel
    Ricardo StrobelVor Monat

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

  • Boyogamer123
    Boyogamer123Vor Monat

    These decade old controllers work better than Joy-Cons.

  • Camygael
    CamygaelVor Monat

    Can you PLEASE do Gamecube

  • Linus KL
    Linus KLVor Monat

    Empfohlen von Leon

  • Nyzham Osman
    Nyzham OsmanVor Monat

    Haha...hiding Nutella

  • K Missoni
    K MissoniVor Monat

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

  • Gigatronic
    GigatronicVor Monat

    Why is this so satisfying to watch? xD

  • Simp Detector
    Simp DetectorVor Monat

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

  • Thorlos
    ThorlosVor Monat

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

  • Green6uy
    Green6uyVor Monat

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

  • Monkeh
    MonkehVor Monat

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

  • Radio ShowMachine
    Radio ShowMachineVor Monat

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

  • leon The zombie
    leon The zombieVor Monat

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

  • PitterBug07
    PitterBug07Vor Monat

    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. 🙂

  • midas
    midasVor Monat

    11:46 controller stick heven

  • midas
    midasVor Monat

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

  • AHumanIThink
    AHumanIThinkVor Monat

    please, add a new nemo sticker

  • Pauline D
    Pauline DVor Monat

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

  • Conor Kikel
    Conor KikelVor Monat

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

  • Dukefazon
    DukefazonVor Monat

    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).

  • Jacob Hoekzema
    Jacob HoekzemaVor Monat

    Do you have a new link for the screwdriver set?

  • Phạm Văn Chuyển
    Phạm Văn ChuyểnVor Monat

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

  • Pedro Tiago Araújo
    Pedro Tiago AraújoVor Monat

    IFixIt should really sponsor this guy

  • takeabreath
    takeabreathVor Monat

    jack and daxter omg I love this game 🥰

  • Come Along Pond
    Come Along PondVor Monat

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

  • Derek Brown
    Derek BrownVor Monat

    30 years later restoration on retro Nintendo switch

  • MrTakeda 1
    MrTakeda 1Vor Monat

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

  • Rebecca Fisk
    Rebecca FiskVor Monat

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

  • Keith Robertson
    Keith RobertsonVor Monat

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

  • sqwidink1
    sqwidink1Vor Monat

    Ultrasonic cleaner :)

  • Adri
    AdriVor Monat

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

  • Peonies Cry
    Peonies CryVor Monat

    That toothbrush POV 👌

  • Galco Boi
    Galco BoiVor Monat

    Knew i missed a video

  • Jean philippe Billaud
    Jean philippe BillaudVor 2 Monate

    bonjour super vidéo ,ou trouvé vous les pièces de rechanges

  • Wilford L. Hermann III
    Wilford L. Hermann IIIVor 2 Monate

    That silver controller would nice for my silver ps2 XD

  • RubyCube YT
    RubyCube YTVor 2 Monate

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

  • Heiji Hattori
    Heiji HattoriVor 2 Monate


  • Frumpysnorfls
    FrumpysnorflsVor 2 Monate

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

  • Just Comet
    Just CometVor 2 Monate

    Please all I want is a nemo sticker please

  • Scorbunny Raboot
    Scorbunny RabootVor 2 Monate

    make a sega genesis/mega drive set and controllers

  • Michal Pavuk
    Michal PavukVor 2 Monate

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

    ANGAD DAHDAVor 2 Monate

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

  • Ellie Williams
    Ellie WilliamsVor 2 Monate

    You shoul restore a PSP

  • Erica Schmid
    Erica SchmidVor 2 Monate

    Please restore a Sega Mega Drive!

  • Luigi von Cheeseburger Jenkins IV
    Luigi von Cheeseburger Jenkins IVVor 2 Monate

    Can you restore a junk Nintendo DS next?

  • Opening Things
    Opening ThingsVor 2 Monate

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

  • Erik Mateo Carvajal Mendez
    Erik Mateo Carvajal MendezVor 2 Monate

    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

  • Topper 87
    Topper 87Vor 2 Monate

    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!

  • FNF gaming
    FNF gamingVor 2 Monate


  • Thomas TICA
    Thomas TICAVor 2 Monate

    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

  • Edward Ramos
    Edward RamosVor 2 Monate

    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

    Vor 2 Monate

    With the controller's

  • Cece Hedrick
    Cece HedrickVor 2 Monate

    I love ducktor

  • ANGOT 55
    ANGOT 55Vor 2 Monate

    More videos please!!! 😢😭

    VIPER SQUADVor 2 Monate

    New video should be psp

  • Big Boi
    Big BoiVor 2 Monate

    Do an Xbox 360 slim next!

  • Roberto Galeano
    Roberto GaleanoVor 2 Monate

    Ducktor, turn off my pain inhibitors

  • lepiratesourcil
    lepiratesourcilVor 2 Monate

    C'est hypnotisant !

  • ItsAlexPlayz
    ItsAlexPlayzVor 2 Monate

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

  • galluprichard
    galluprichardVor 2 Monate

    Do a gameboy advance sp

  • Someone
    SomeoneVor 2 Monate

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

  • JOSHUA Millard
    JOSHUA MillardVor 2 Monate

    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

    GEEKSISLANDVor 2 Monate

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

  • BiteforceFPS
    BiteforceFPSVor 2 Monate

    This is how many times he used isopropyl alcohol | |

  • Pablo Mendez
    Pablo MendezVor 2 Monate

    The most patient man ever

  • SnowBuried
    SnowBuriedVor 2 Monate

    you should do a gamecube at some point!

  • Mark Lambert
    Mark LambertVor 2 Monate

    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.

  • Mehh hhh
    Mehh hhhVor 2 Monate

    Where to buy?

  • RinBoy
    RinBoyVor 2 Monate

    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?