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Offline 1swt2gs

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Question regarding keyboard storage
« on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 01:54:41 »
I have begin to acquire a good collection of keyboards and tend to switch out keycaps very often!

I have a few boards which I store without keycaps just sitting in the closet. Is this potentially bad because of potential dust or stuff getting into the boards/switch or am I just overly worried? Would storing in a box be sufficient?

I don't want to put back on the stock keycaps because then if I use a board, I would have to pull off the stock keycaps and then put of different keycaps. Also, I don't have the boxes for most of the boards, so that's not an option.

Example:
« Last Edit: Wed, 18 November 2015, 02:19:35 by 1swt2gs »
Such artisan, many caps, very keyboard.

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 02:06:04 »
Sell 'em!



Just kidding. If you can afford it, I'd suggest some sleeves for them just to be on the safe side. It's nice knowing they're in a cozy, dust free, and waterproof (if you get them from Pete at 1UpKeyboards) bag!

Offline 1swt2gs

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 02:17:17 »
Sell 'em!



Just kidding. If you can afford it, I'd suggest some sleeves for them just to be on the safe side. It's nice knowing they're in a cozy, dust free, and waterproof (if you get them from Pete at 1UpKeyboards) bag!


I will eventually sell once I get a big enough collection and have a bunch of stuff laying around! They are mostly 104-108 keyboards and TKL. I don't think I want to purchase a bunch of sleeves for extra boards! I would rather spend the money on artisans!

I am going to wait for a few more people to chime in, but looks like I'm just going to take the extra time to put on the stock keycaps to provide crap getting into the switches!
Such artisan, many caps, very keyboard.

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Offline dummytim

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 02:19:59 »
I was going to suggest something along the lines of covering them up with a sheet to prevent dust from settling on them.

Also even if you do put keycaps back on dust would still be able to creep through the cracks.

If the barebones board gets dusty you could just use compressed air to blow out the dust.

Personally I would keep it under a sheet or in a sleeve.

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 03:39:06 »
Cardboard keyboard mailers -- stack them, label them. A nice storage solution and pretty cheap.

http://www.uline.com/BL_5612/Laptop-and-Keyboard-Mailers?keywords=keyboard

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 03:56:32 »
This question does come up from time to time ...

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=9888.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=10531.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35327.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=50969.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=52898.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=57392.0

I tend to store mine with something on them to keep the dust off, as I seem to live in a very dusty area.  A tea towel suffices in most instances.
"Because keyboards are accessories to PC makers, they focus on minimizing the manufacturing costs. But thatís incorrect. Itís in HHKBís slogan, but when Americaís cowboys were in the middle of a trip and their horse died, they would leave the horse there. But even if they were in the middle of a desert, they would take their saddle with them. The horse was a consumable good, but the saddle was an interface that their bodies had gotten used to. In the same vein, PCs are consumable goods, while keyboards are important interfaces." - Eiiti Wada

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Ị̸͚̯̲́ͤ̃͑̇̑ͯ̊̂͟ͅs̞͚̩͉̝̪̲͗͊ͪ̽̚̚ ̭̦͖͕̑́͌ͬͩ͟t̷̻͔̙̑͟h̹̠̼͋ͤ͋i̤̜̣̦̱̫͈͔̞ͭ͑ͥ̌̔s̬͔͎̍̈ͥͫ̐̾ͣ̔̇͘ͅ ̩̘̼͆̐̕e̞̰͓̲̺̎͐̏ͬ̓̅̾͠͝ͅv̶̰͕̱̞̥̍ͣ̄̕e͕͙͖̬̜͓͎̤̊ͭ͐͝ṇ̰͎̱̤̟̭ͫ͌̌͢͠ͅ ̳̥̦ͮ̐ͤ̎̊ͣ͡͡n̤̜̙̺̪̒͜e̶̻̦̿ͮ̂̀c̝̘̝͖̠̖͐ͨͪ̈̐͌ͩ̀e̷̥͇̋ͦs̢̡̤ͤͤͯ͜s͈̠̉̑͘a̱͕̗͖̳̥̺ͬͦͧ͆̌̑͡r̶̟̖̈͘ỷ̮̦̩͙͔ͫ̾ͬ̔ͬͮ̌?̵̘͇͔͙ͥͪ͞ͅ

Offline 1swt2gs

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 04:05:53 »
This question does come up from time to time ...

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=9888.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=10531.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35327.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=50969.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=52898.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=57392.0

I tend to store mine with something on them to keep the dust off, as I seem to live in a very dusty area.  A tea towel suffices in most instances.

Thanks rowdy! Don't have something like that, but boxes should do? Should have searched. Totally forgot, it's late night, I have insomnia and I am a cleaning machine!
« Last Edit: Wed, 18 November 2015, 04:07:27 by 1swt2gs »
Such artisan, many caps, very keyboard.

Always searching for Bro caps! 

1swt2gs classifieds!


Offline rowdy

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 04:10:21 »
This question does come up from time to time ...

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=9888.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=10531.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35327.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=50969.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=52898.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=57392.0

I tend to store mine with something on them to keep the dust off, as I seem to live in a very dusty area.  A tea towel suffices in most instances.

Thanks rowdy! Don't have something like that, but boxes should do? Should have searched. Totally forgot, it's late night, I have insomnia and I am a cleaning machine!

There's a particular size USPS box that apparently you can get for free in the US that seems quite popular.

I wish there was something like that out here though - my keyboards are all over the place!
"Because keyboards are accessories to PC makers, they focus on minimizing the manufacturing costs. But thatís incorrect. Itís in HHKBís slogan, but when Americaís cowboys were in the middle of a trip and their horse died, they would leave the horse there. But even if they were in the middle of a desert, they would take their saddle with them. The horse was a consumable good, but the saddle was an interface that their bodies had gotten used to. In the same vein, PCs are consumable goods, while keyboards are important interfaces." - Eiiti Wada

NEC APC-H4100E | Ducky DK9008 Shine MX blue LED red | Ducky DK9008 Shine MX blue LED green | Link 900243-08 | CM QFR MX black | KeyCool 87 white MX reds | HHKB 2 Pro | Model M 02-Mar-1993 | Model M 29-Nov-1995 | CM Trigger (broken) | CM QFS MX green | Ducky DK9087 Shine 3 TKL Yellow Edition MX black | Lexmark SSK 21-Apr-1994 | IBM SSK 13-Oct-1987 | CODE TKL MX clear | Model M 122 01-Jun-1988

Ị̸͚̯̲́ͤ̃͑̇̑ͯ̊̂͟ͅs̞͚̩͉̝̪̲͗͊ͪ̽̚̚ ̭̦͖͕̑́͌ͬͩ͟t̷̻͔̙̑͟h̹̠̼͋ͤ͋i̤̜̣̦̱̫͈͔̞ͭ͑ͥ̌̔s̬͔͎̍̈ͥͫ̐̾ͣ̔̇͘ͅ ̩̘̼͆̐̕e̞̰͓̲̺̎͐̏ͬ̓̅̾͠͝ͅv̶̰͕̱̞̥̍ͣ̄̕e͕͙͖̬̜͓͎̤̊ͭ͐͝ṇ̰͎̱̤̟̭ͫ͌̌͢͠ͅ ̳̥̦ͮ̐ͤ̎̊ͣ͡͡n̤̜̙̺̪̒͜e̶̻̦̿ͮ̂̀c̝̘̝͖̠̖͐ͨͪ̈̐͌ͩ̀e̷̥͇̋ͦs̢̡̤ͤͤͯ͜s͈̠̉̑͘a̱͕̗͖̳̥̺ͬͦͧ͆̌̑͡r̶̟̖̈͘ỷ̮̦̩͙͔ͫ̾ͬ̔ͬͮ̌?̵̘͇͔͙ͥͪ͞ͅ

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 04:42:09 »
This question does come up from time to time ...

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=9888.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=10531.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35327.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=50969.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=52898.0
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=57392.0

I tend to store mine with something on them to keep the dust off, as I seem to live in a very dusty area.  A tea towel suffices in most instances.

Thanks rowdy! Don't have something like that, but boxes should do? Should have searched. Totally forgot, it's late night, I have insomnia and I am a cleaning machine!

There's a particular size USPS box that apparently you can get for free in the US that seems quite popular.

I wish there was something like that out here though - my keyboards are all over the place!

We do get our boxes for free! And they are also decorated in Christmas theme right now because of the Holidays!

Thanks once again for the help Rowdy!
Such artisan, many caps, very keyboard.

Always searching for Bro caps! 

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Offline jerue

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 08:13:22 »


There's a particular size USPS box that apparently you can get for free in the US that seems quite popular.

I wish there was something like that out here though - my keyboards are all over the place!

We do get our boxes for free! And they are also decorated in Christmas theme right now because of the Holidays!

Thanks once again for the help Rowdy!

Indeed. You'd want the USPS Board Game box. You get a lot of them (25), and are handy for shipping out boards if need be.

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 11:12:21 »
Amazon Prime boxes and lots of bubble wrap.


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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 11:55:25 »
I store mine on these MDF boxes, originally made to fit glasses/watches. They cost like $5 and come with a cute little glass window where I can see the keyboard inside. After a quick spray painting, it can actually look very nice  :D

Too bad the largest size I could find can only fit a TKL.


« Last Edit: Wed, 18 November 2015, 11:57:05 by Lepidus »

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Re: Question regarding keyboard storage
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 19 November 2015, 23:34:21 »
I'd second the advice on those free USPS mailing boxes.  You could even tape a few together to make a type of shelving unit to keep all the keyboards together.

I keep my non-used ones in their original boxes, but the ones that are with a system are just uncovered ready to use.

I did get a carrying case for transporting one of my Ms with me when travelling.