IBM Model M keyboard search

kmnov2017

06 Feb 2020, 09:54

There are plenty of videos on YouTube explaining how to clean, open, repair, mod model M keyboards...

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swampangel

06 Feb 2020, 14:54

phinix wrote:
06 Feb 2020, 09:45
I don't have that 5.5mm nut driver, it would be easier to clean it, but I'll try to use brush and clean between keys that way...
If you don't want to buy one, you can try the pen trick: viewtopic.php?p=34013#p34013

andrewjoy

06 Feb 2020, 15:07

phinix wrote:
06 Feb 2020, 09:45


I don't have that 5.5mm nut driver, it would be easier to clean it, but I'll try to use brush and clean between keys that way...
Don't you just love an excuse to buy more tools.

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phinix

06 Feb 2020, 21:27

swampangel wrote:
06 Feb 2020, 14:54
phinix wrote:
06 Feb 2020, 09:45
I don't have that 5.5mm nut driver, it would be easier to clean it, but I'll try to use brush and clean between keys that way...
If you don't want to buy one, you can try the pen trick: viewtopic.php?p=34013#p34013

Hahaha :lol:
Good one, love it:)

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phinix

08 Feb 2020, 16:38

Ordered one on amazon, came in today, 5.5mm

Opened it up.
Few rivets are gone, but whole board is stable.
What do you guys think?
No need for bolt mod just now?
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zrrion

08 Feb 2020, 16:43

You could potentially just screw mod the few broken rivets for now, and do a full screw mod later.

Lost In Static

08 Feb 2020, 16:49

As long as it shows no issues I'd leave it as is

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swampangel

08 Feb 2020, 18:29

If it feels good to type on, leave it. If there are keys that feel noticeably mushy, you might want to add screws in that area of the board.

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phinix

08 Feb 2020, 19:00

Cool, thansk guys.
Feels all good now, I guess with time I may need to this mod.
Typing on it now, feels great:)

I gave it a good clean - used whiskey to clean all insides, plate, between keys, all nice and clean now.
Cleaned case top and bottom, cleaned cable.
Now it looks like new:)

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Rauha

08 Feb 2020, 19:53

swampangel wrote:
06 Feb 2020, 14:54
phinix wrote:
06 Feb 2020, 09:45
I don't have that 5.5mm nut driver, it would be easier to clean it, but I'll try to use brush and clean between keys that way...
If you don't want to buy one, you can try the pen trick: viewtopic.php?p=34013#p34013
Just be sure to use Bic branded pen rather than a cheap chinese generic pen.

Some person might have cheapened out and I tried to open industrial Model M case by molting a cheap chinese generic pens. By doing so, that some person might have ended up with plastic covered threads on a screw and the hole surrounding it, which made the case essentially impregnable fortress that cannot ever be opened.

Cannot confirm that the person was actually me, but it is certainly possible. Even likely.

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phinix

08 Feb 2020, 20:31

Nah, I bought one on amazon, delivered next day.
All done.

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Howard81

05 Mar 2020, 14:22

If you only have a handful of broken rivets don't bother with a full bolt/screw mod, just drill out the failed rivets with a 1/16" dill bit and replace them with M2 6mm machine screws. Don't tighten them hard, just enough to grip while still allowing the springs to move freely back and forth in the barrel.

I will generally only do a full screw mod on a board that either needs to be taken apart (dead membrane or broken striker) or has a ton of broken rivets.

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