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by fohat
17 Jun 2019, 23:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Why do you need foam on your model f?
Replies: 20
Views: 622

Re: Why do you need foam on your model f?

It's worth noting that pinginess is to do with the springs, and not usually the condition of the board. I don't know why, but the pitch and volume of the ping differs with every Model F keyboard. It's fascinating to me, but I never seem to get the pingy ones. In my experience, Model F keyboards don...
by fohat
14 Jun 2019, 23:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded
Replies: 37
Views: 962

Re: IBM Model F 122 "restored" and bolt-modded

Why does one bolt-mod an F? What does it do? I created a guide for refurbishing and ANSI-modding a 122-key terminal F. https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11102&p=241582&hilit=harry+ansi#p241582 In the guide are shown half a dozen "bolts" (machine screws and nuts) but as I became more exper...
by fohat
11 Jun 2019, 03:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tautness of keyboard cases and sound
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Tautness of keyboard cases and sound

Screws and nuts with washers are capable of compressing plates far more than sliding force fits with tabs.

Screws need only be tightened to replicate the original compression. As with a Model M "bolt mod" I advocate looser rather than tighter, so start loose and tighten only as much as necessary.
by fohat
04 Jun 2019, 23:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT modification
Replies: 11
Views: 566

Re: IBM Model F AT modification

Fkazim wrote:
03 Jun 2019, 20:41

What are the reasons the XT feet dont fit into the AT
Try it. Prove me wrong. Please.
by fohat
03 Jun 2019, 14:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT modification
Replies: 11
Views: 566

Re: IBM Model F AT modification

Wazrach wrote:
03 Jun 2019, 10:35

is it not possible to use XT feet with an AT?
No
by fohat
03 Jun 2019, 00:11
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: I think the model f 122 may just be my favorite keyboard overall.
Replies: 26
Views: 860

Re: I think the model f 122 may just be my favorite keyboard overall.

Wazrach wrote:
02 Jun 2019, 21:26

Almost like it's ready to burst under all the pressure.
I have always maintained that this is the crucial key to the essence of the Model F, what makes it "alive" as several people have described it.
by fohat
02 Jun 2019, 14:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cursed model F thread
Replies: 88
Views: 2773

Re: Cursed model F thread

snacksthecat wrote:
02 Jun 2019, 02:31

Keyboard is curse how fix?
I discussed that in my guide, and all my repairs have been successful. JB Weld is the greatest, but it is dark gray, so I used "Charcoal Gray" Dupli-Color from the auto supply store to make all my repaired cases modern and dark.
by fohat
02 Jun 2019, 02:42
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT modification
Replies: 11
Views: 566

Re: IBM Model F AT modification

F AT cases are nightmarish to open and close. The plastic is brittle and the clips are too tight.

Why-oh-why didn't the screw a metal back onto the AT?
by fohat
26 May 2019, 16:05
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Deskthority community it so much nicer than reddit
Replies: 9
Views: 972

Re: The Deskthority community it so much nicer than reddit

About the only time I recall "not nice" behaviour here was in the political threads before and after the 2016 US election.
by fohat
26 May 2019, 15:59
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model M Screw, Nut and Bolt Mod
Replies: 64
Views: 19592

Re: IBM Model M Screw, Nut and Bolt Mod

That is exactly what it is. The term should probably be "screw repair" because you are not modifying anything.
by fohat
25 May 2019, 14:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Blue Alps
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Blue Alps

It took me 2 years, and that was 6-7 years ago. About 3 years ago it seemed that they got somewhat more available for a while.
by fohat
24 May 2019, 00:03
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model M Screw, Nut and Bolt Mod
Replies: 64
Views: 19592

Re: IBM Model M Screw, Nut and Bolt Mod

If you just add screws to broken rivet shaft locations, that is a "screw mod" which is an order of magnitude easier. Many people prefer this, including pseudo-professional refurbishers, but personally I want to take it completely apart so that I can clean all the parts including the membrane sandwic...
by fohat
21 May 2019, 23:23
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB: Model F XT factory Cable
Replies: 6
Views: 259

Re: WTB: Model F XT factory Cable

I had a couple but tossed them out because they had turned to sticky black goo.

As a tangential question, does anybody know how to restore old black plastic that has become sticky and nasty?
I am thinking of some handles in particular, such as tools and umbrellas.
by fohat
21 May 2019, 02:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cursed model F thread
Replies: 88
Views: 2773

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

I ordered F122 foam from Ellipse for $60 shipped, You complain about money for shipping, yet numerous people have volunteered to put this together for you for the cost of round trip postage. I think that it is about time that you send your keyboard to someone, in another country if necessary, and h...
by fohat
19 May 2019, 14:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fixing the $10 Industrial M13
Replies: 14
Views: 694

Re: Fixing the $10 Industrial M13

I would consider using a Dremel to create a hole for those trackpoint switches.

https://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/1394942
by fohat
19 May 2019, 03:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M - Cleaning Membrane. Isopropyl / sterilized water / or?
Replies: 3
Views: 208

Re: IBM Model M - Cleaning Membrane. Isopropyl / sterilized water / or?

I would say water only. You probably have mere dried drink residue.
by fohat
16 May 2019, 21:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cursed model F thread
Replies: 88
Views: 2773

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

i think i'll just sell this. can't get the stabiliser inserts back into the barrel frame and i've mangled them trying. don't want to resort to other keycaps.. For the future, I don't know whether I detailed this in my guide, but it is best to push the plastic stabilizer tabs out from behind with a ...
by fohat
13 May 2019, 03:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model f122
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: IBM Model f122

If you have a Teensy and Soarer's firmware it should work easily. If you have one of Orihalcon's converter cables, the XT uses a 180 degree DIN while a 122 uses a 240 degree DIN and they are not interchangeable.
by fohat
13 May 2019, 00:02
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Does anyone know about wiring speakers and amplifiers ?
Replies: 0
Views: 241

Does anyone know about wiring speakers and amplifiers ?

I got a subwoofer with no volume control module, the amplifier and everything else is inside the subwoofer box.

If I get this 9-pin plug cable and cut it back to bare wires, what do I connect to hot-wire it so that it is just on at full volume all the time?

Thanks!
by fohat
12 May 2019, 23:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cursed model F thread
Replies: 88
Views: 2773

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

when i removed the tabs to put bolts. Please don't attribute removing tabs to me! Once upon a time maybe 6-8 years ago, I briefly posted a guide showing tabs being cut off and numerous bolts used to replace them. I did that procedure a few times and it worked well enough, but there were potential p...
by fohat
12 May 2019, 16:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cursed model F thread
Replies: 88
Views: 2773

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

the middle row doesn't sound as nice as the rest, I can't speak directly to the issue of sound, since I try to attenuate the high-pitched overtones of the F, but for several years now, every time I open one of these up to clean it, I add 3 screws and nuts near the center line: one between CapsLock/...
by fohat
12 May 2019, 01:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cursed model F thread
Replies: 88
Views: 2773

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

Have you looked at my guide for the ANSI mod? With a hole punch and some clamps I have refurbed probably at least twenty-five Fs without any particular issues, all but about 2 or 3 needing new foam. I have generally used 1.5mm moderately firm closed-cell "art" foam and also a slightly thinner but al...
by fohat
09 May 2019, 15:38
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22465
Views: 1156104

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

I have bought a KB-5181 with blue Cherries, but most of them are SMK, quite nice.

The Laser is a very nice board, too, but neither of these are really top-tier keyboards.
by fohat
07 May 2019, 23:30
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22465
Views: 1156104

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

My guess is that there is definitely $500 worth of value in there.

An arm full of good keyboards could do it, and a working (or even non-working) Selectric is worth something.
by fohat
07 May 2019, 23:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3151
Views: 126782

Re: Alps Appreciation

It has been at least a couple of years since I found an excellent keyboard for a cheap price in the wild, but today I got an absolutely pristine AEK2 in a salvage shop for $3.99 This one is utterly immaculate and not yellowed at all whatsoever, a later model with dampened whites instead of creams. I...
by fohat
28 Apr 2019, 15:51
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22465
Views: 1156104

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Somebody in the UK needs to pounce on that one.
by fohat
28 Apr 2019, 15:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Dirty Alps
Replies: 7
Views: 540

Re: Dirty Alps

I have bought "almost new in box" Alps that felt terrible, and yet I also got a Dell AT101W in 1998, used it for several years until some of the caps were shiny, gave it to friend who never used it and kept it in a closet for 6-8 years, then got it back and it still felt good. I kept "Northgate 101"...
by fohat
26 Apr 2019, 23:47
Forum: For sale
Topic: Cherry G81-3100SAV keyboards, keysets.
Replies: 120
Views: 9534

Re: Cherry G81-3100SAV keyboards, keysets.

There is nothing wrong with buying things low to re-sell. Nobody forces any buyer to buy anything at a price higher than he is willing to shell out.

And it is especially good to keep desirable objects out of garbage cans.

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