Anyone here actually replaced a Macbook Air keyboard (A1369 mid 2011 version)?

Question as above.  How easy is it?
I'm not looking for links or videos on how to do it, just a realistic answer before I throw in some follow on questions.
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Yes, I have done it and would heartily suggest you change the entire upper case as getting the keyboard loose is not easy!

Please tell me you have already plugged in an external keyboard and seen everything work properly, OK?
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u587162Author Commented:
I don't have an external keyboard unfortunately but the current MBA one intermittently works when I hold down a few of the QWERTY line buttons for around 20 seconds.  It's only that row of buttons.  

When it works it will work for some 15 min or so before it stops working again.  Sometimes would work for a whole day without a problem.  

As it's a 6 years old Apple Store won't touch it.  But it works fine otherwise and is fine for our needs so don't really want to spend another £900 on a new one.  

I got quoted £90 by several small independent shops which sell and repair mobiles and laptops.
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
That's about $123.00 US which is not too exorbitant.  I found the keyboard for about $20 and would probably charge about $100 to replace it (There are a gazillion screws holding the keyboard into the top assembly!).
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u587162Author Commented:
Actually I just realised I have a bluetooth keyboard for my iMac which I have now connected.
How can I disable the macbook air keyboard whilst I place this one on top temporarily?
Is there any way of leaving the top line of buttons on the laptop keyboard so I can place the other over it without disturbing the keys underneath?
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Realistically, a hand towel on top of the built in keyboard with the other keyboard on top of it ought to take care of anything but extremely vigorous pressing.
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u587162Author Commented:
Perhaps as a temporary measure yes.  

I've read somewhere other people having exactly the same issue and put it down to a loose connection.  

Assuming I have the cover open underneath, are there any connectors related to the keyboard I can easily check without unscrewing anything apart from the back cover?
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
No, you'd need to remove the battery, too.  The keyboard actually connects to the touchpad board and then it is attached to the main logic board and the keyboard connector is underneath the battery.
Look at the pictures in step 10.
https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook+Air+13-Inch+Mid+2011+Teardown/6130
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
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