[NTLK] Zoom session for eMate hinge fix
newton_phoenix at mindspring.com
Fri Mar 19 20:49:13 PDT 2021
I agree with Frank. While my list of tools is not as long as Frank’s, I have also repaired precisely ONE eMate, and he has done many times that.
I found that soaking the hinge parts in full-strength ZEP Industrial Strength Degreaser for about 12 hours completely removed all traces with no scrubbing (but I did anyway, to be certain). It’s available at Home Depot stores. (Be careful, it is very powerful stuff and will damage skin that is exposed to it.)
There are many steps; and while I would not consider any to be all that complicated, the number of them could slow down the overall process. In my view, the one that requires the most time and effort is repairing the existing springs. I used Joel’s method, with vice grips and lineman’s pliers (as they are both known here in the US).
Of course, if we craft and utilize PCBMan’s version, that step is eliminated in favor of that creation.
Perhaps a YouTube video is a better choice—I would bet there are several in existence already (but are they CORRECT in the procedure?).
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> On Mar 19, 2021, at 11:33 AM, NewtonTalk <newtontalk at pda-soft.de> wrote:
>> Perhaps a working zoom session could be held with someone who has
>> completed it previously and we could all do it at the same time? A little
>> coaching / hand holding might be good?
> We could certainly try this, but I think a single session might take too
> long. Be aware that there's a fair amount of requirements:
> 1) You need a Torx 10 screwdriver.
> 2) You need a Torx 8 screwdriver.
> 3) You need Phillips screwdrivers in two sizes.
> 4) You need a halfway decent soldering iron and the skill and the courage to
> unsolder and resolder four wires.
> 5) You need a vice, a drift punch with the correct diameter and a hammer to
> disassemble and reassemble the hinges and to rebuild the springs.
> 6) You need something to straighten the spring legs. A pair of pliers is
> only the second best option. I made a special tool for this.
> 6) You need the correct grease.
> 7) An ultrasonic cleaner for the hinges isn't absolutely necessary, but
> it'll speed things up and improve the result.
> If you need to rebuild all four springs, this will take around 2-3 hours if
> you know exactly what you're doing.
> If any participant of such a meeting gets stuck, we either have to leave him
> behind, or the other participants must wait.
> -- Newton software and hardware at http://www.pda-soft.de
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