[Coco] Melted Keyboard Repair

Kevin Becker kevin at kevinbecker.org
Wed Feb 5 22:16:25 EST 2020

Sorry for the formatting.  I'm using Evolution on Gnome and it was set
to HTML.  Is the list text only?  I'm not really sure what it did but it wasn't this hard to read when I composed it.

On Wed, 2020-02-05 at 22:08 -0500, Kevin Becker wrote:
> I ordered a precision micro hand drill and an assortment of screws
> from
> Amazon.  There were some cheaper eBay options  that were shipping
> from
> China but I went with the impatient Amazon Prime approach.  I used a
> razor blade to completely slice the rest of the broken plastic
> connectors as flush as possible and then drilled out tiny pilot holes
> with the hand drill.  It was a little tedious but not really very bad
> at all.  Easier than recapping a motherboard for sure.  The little
> hand
> drill is pretty cool and I think it will come in handy in the
> future.  I tested the first few screws to be sure it would work but
> haven't completely reassembled it yet because I gave it a good scrub
> down and want to let it dry.  I could pop every keycap off to
> acclerate
> the drying but after spot checking a few keys, the undersides seem to
> be in good shape and I felt it was better to leave them be, rather
> than
> risk snapping off a clip.  So I'm letting it dry overnight before
> screwing it all back together, but I did drill out every screw hole
> with the hand drill in like 30 minutes or so.
> I also attempted to melt one of the mysterious metal balls with my
> soldering iron to no avail.  I have no clue how these things got
> there.
> I took a few pictures along the way and will maybe write up a little
> blog post if I get the motivation.  
> Amazon links for the drill and screws:
> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FJ6VD2P/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X1N69FM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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