Just a little earlier, we were discussing the Qtip method. My left shift insert was incredibly stubborn. I spent 15 minutes jamming in, twisting/manipulating/pulling two generic qtips with plastic handles until the damned thing finally relented. I was moments away from opening up the board before it worked.Ellipse wrote: ↑14 Jan 2021, 00:59Any recommendations on removing stuck new Model F stabilizer inserts, outside of opening up the keyboard to push it out? These are more solidly secured in the barrels and tougher to remove than original inserts. Maybe hand / non-electric drilling and pulling out the drill+insert might work but it is risky that it would go too far.
I was imagining that some kind of pliers tool was out there where squeezing the pliers would slightly expand and allow a tighter grip on the inside of the stabilizer insert. The straight tip lock ring / snap ring pliers I looked at might work if they are small enough:
https://www.amazon.com/SK-Tools-SKT-763 ... 00061SMZI/
https://www.amazon.com/Wilde-Tool-G407- ... 00HRY1UEW/
https://www.amazon.com/Wilde-Tool-G407- ... 08GYKSBZW/
https://www.amazon.com/Lang-Tools-KAS14 ... 07PDGYXJ9/
https://www.amazon.com/JONNESWAY-AI0400 ... 08D9T9519/
I believe the trick is to get your first qtip just a bit further beyond the sleeve, then jam the second one in, so that it pushes the first one sideways, creating sort of a 'lip' that grabs the sleeve properly, then pulling up only on the first qtip. At least that's what I was imagining as I finally got it to work.
It should also be possible to find a flat head nail small enough to fit in the hole. Then, firmly gripping the nail with pliers, insert the nail upside down through and beyond the sleeve, then shift it sideways to 'hook' the head against the bottom of the sleeve, then pull up. My nails at home were too short, so I didn't try it.