Supernatural, Metalocalypse, Doctor Who, steampunk, whatever other random thing I decide to like.
I live in Ohio.
I have a cat.
I write sometimes.
I'm probably older than you think.
The scroll wheel on my mouse gave out on me a while ago. It turned, but nothing happened. Being that this is a Razer Diamondback, I didn’t want to just toss it when everything else about it still worked great, so I decided to open it up and see what was wrong.
Turns out there is a tiny little spindle (about 1/32” across) shaped like a hexagon that goes in a tiny little socket and the corners of the hexagon had worn down so they didn’t grip anymore. This is after about 7-8 years of constant use, so props to Razer on a fine product.
I didn’t want to use any kind of glue or any kind of latex product in it. Glue because if any got outside of the place I needed it, it would lock up the whole thing and latex because it breaks down and turns into sticky crap. So I decided to try a tiny piece of nitrile glove as an interim solution until I could get some silicone sheet. It worked for a day ( A whole day of Skyrim so lets be fair) then quit.
I started getting a bad stutter in the tracking on Sunday, so I figured I would open it up and give it a deep cleaning to see if that fixed it. While I had the thing open, since it isn’t the easiest thing to do, I thought I would see if I could try fixing the wheel again. I still didn’t have any silicone sheet, and saw that the nitrile had just torn through. I cleaned the mouse while I thought, then wandered around the apartment a bit, looking at things and wondering if I had any alternatives I could use.
What would be tough enough not to tear apart, thin enough to fit, and not crap up the insides? Then I saw it. I had a big piece of leather rolled up on top of some of my storage bins. It had been on sale since it was irregular or something and the edges were not 100% straight edge cuts, which made some very small spots very very thin. I cut one off and decided to try my luck.
I tried fitting the leather in the hole, but even at the super thinness it was, it still wouldn’t fold enough before it tore. What to do? Well I remembered that when you’re making cuirboulli (that’s boiled leather armor) you wet the leather to stretch the elbows and knees into shape. But I didn’t want to use water on something that had electronics in it.
Then my eyes landed on the bottle of rubbing alcohol I had been using to clean up some gunk I had found lurking. I dipped the leather in the alcohol, squeezed it with my fingers then gently pulled it a bit and sure enough got a bit of stretch. I put it over the end of the spindle, then put the spindle in the socket. I left it for a couple of minutes and it dried right out, forming itself into shape, and staying on the spindle when I took it apart again to trim off all the excess leather with a pair of cuticle nippers. Very handy tool for this job too, sharp blades, made for cutting skin, small enough to be precise.
It works like new again now and don’t foresee a similar issue to the first fix occurring.
So that is how I fixed my $75 precision gaming mouse with leather and rubbing alcohol.
Yes yes yes brrrrrr. It freaking cold deep in the Heart o Texas !
Not cold in miami
cold as shit out here in the dmv
fuck new york, cold as fuuuuck
balls deep in snow good ol’ MI
I looked outside before work today and I was like “Holy shit its bright! Look at all that snow!” It was 20 something degrees when I left work. Yay Ohio!
- Click This
- Make A Self Portrait Using The Doll Maker You Got.
- Post It.
why did i have to get ponies
that was the most limited selection for one of these things i have ever seen why did it have to be a baby dragon with such limited choices
i got a princess maker so i
i got a…wedding one………..
I DID ALSO
aww snap im a fucking nokken!