Upper Post repair
- Upper post repair piece
- Clothes' peg
Let's assume that both posts are broken or cracked. The effect of this cracking is that the screws do not do their job. Usually, using longer screws may help, but this typically is short lived since the cracks will continue downwards. Once the pressure between both halves is softened, the calculator doesn't work anymore. The solution is to repair the broken posts.
Old methods to repair broken post is to glue them (but this doesn't hold together too long) and to tie them down with very small gauge copper cable, applying pressure so that it holds together. This may solve some cases, but not when the screw path has been destroyed - maybe due to strong tightening of the screws.
Other repair methods have been proposed, including drilling down the screw and placing in its place a cylinder with screw path, glued in place. We tried this method but there was a problem: the torque used to screw resulted in cracked glue and the cylinder separating from the substrate - every time.
Our method was devised with three goals in mind:
- Try to avoid the torque from the screw forcing on the glue with the substrate
- Try to ensure that the front part of the calculator is pulled up when screwing the back side on.
- Try to be compatible with both fullnut and halfnut version
The piece that we have designed requires drilling the old posts to 3,5mm below the keyboard ciruit level. The design on the piece is such that the cylindrical body will be glued to the rest of the screw post; and the surface of the piece can be glued to the keyboard circuit, so that the torque on the substrate is avoided (it also helps that torque is also resisted by the other post, when using the full piece)
When gluing the piece, there are several precautions that need to be taken:
- Be sure of covering the zebra circuit part with tape -we don't want the glue to cover it.
- Cover also all nearby pin holes of the keyboard. If glue comes into one such hole, the key will not register. In severe cases, the key will be down all the time, glued in place!
- When applying pressure, use clothes' pegs to hold the piece in place, preferably on the outer side.
- Try to place the other side of the pegs away from the keys of the keyboard - it may damage them permanently.
- Use E6000 jewelry glue. We prefer black over clear just for clarity of repair.
- Let it cure overnight.
- Remove the tape.
- Assemble the calculator and test.
We recommend to repair both posts at the same time.
Alternatively, you can cut the other side of the 2 post piece with a tweezer and glue in place the rest of the piece.