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I'm a house-poor EE who want's to solder stuff.

I offer competitive pricing, If you're interested, PM me.

Pricing stands at $15/hour + $10 shipping.

Examples of what I've done

Desoldering:



Switch Swap:



Lubing/Spring Swap:


Assembly/Repair:


LED Swap:


Custom LEDs:

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Re: [FREE] Soldering Services
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Re: [FREE] Soldering Services
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 22 January 2014, 19:40:56 »
Oh also, I'll do lubing/spring stuff too OuO

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 22 January 2014, 19:43:26 »
Damn, too bad I'm already paying someone else to do that all for me D:

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 23 January 2014, 08:39:33 »
I wish you lived in the UK  :eek:

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 23 January 2014, 09:41:31 »
Ever done any LED swapping?  I have a couple of full-size keyboards that I'd like to have modded. 

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 23 January 2014, 11:38:32 »
Ever done any LED swapping?  I have a couple of full-size keyboards that I'd like to have modded.

I can do this. PM me.

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 23 January 2014, 13:15:36 »
I wish you lived in the UK  :eek:

This is not free, but very reasonably priced: http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=50048.0
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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 23 January 2014, 15:50:46 »
I wish you lived in the UK  :eek:

This is not free, but very reasonably priced: http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=50048.0

Can 100% recommend Margo. He's a great guy and has stuck with all my **** over the last couple of months. Work is top quality too.
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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 23 January 2014, 15:53:41 »
I wish that I owned a Cherry blue keyboard for you to do the jailhouse mod on.

Or a Cherry clear board for you to do the ergo mod on.

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 23 January 2014, 16:28:34 »
This is not free, but very reasonably priced: http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=50048.0

Reasons to use paid services:
1. They have experience in these things, I'm doing this as a learning experience
2. You're supporting your fellow geekhacker
3. They will probably give you some sort of guarantee of their work, I obviously cannot offer this.

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 24 January 2014, 14:06:58 »
PM sent!

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #12 on: Sat, 25 January 2014, 12:44:16 »
Where in the US are you located? So I can get an idea of shipping costs?

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 27 January 2014, 17:07:25 »
Updated OP, I will not assemble ergodoxes since there is now a massdrop GB, I do not want to spend the next 4 months of my life assembling the same keyboard 46 times.

Go pay someone to do it.

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #14 on: Mon, 27 January 2014, 22:42:37 »
Depending on how my money situation works over the next little while, I might be interested in getting parts for something custom. Provided you're still offering free services.
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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 02 February 2014, 19:11:10 »
Finished the first board today.






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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #16 on: Mon, 03 February 2014, 18:50:51 »
Project 2







No more of these either, what a PITA to disassemble and desolder.

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 05 February 2014, 19:43:05 »
Board 3, I think this one might get "lost in the mail" if you know what I mean.









It's so pretty it makes me wanna cry ;-;

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 05 February 2014, 20:16:45 »
Hrmm. Might have to add that extra tracking to this one...

On a serious note, this came together quite nicely!

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #19 on: Thu, 06 February 2014, 11:10:55 »
That nostromo mod is cool.  That's not the standard number of keys for that pad, is it?  How'd you do that?

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 06 February 2014, 11:25:02 »
The toes under the table look cool.  :D

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 06 February 2014, 12:01:48 »
Are you able to solder LEDs onto a Poker X? If I recall correctly it has to be manually wired. Could tip you or something if you want.

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #22 on: Thu, 06 February 2014, 12:09:56 »
That nostromo mod is cool.  That's not the standard number of keys for that pad, is it?  How'd you do that?

It is not a nostromo but an orbweaver  ;)

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 07 February 2014, 09:52:19 »
Are you able to solder LEDs onto a Poker X? If I recall correctly it has to be manually wired. Could tip you or something if you want.

Yeah that would be quite a bit of work to do one of those, I'd have to essential make an entire LED Matrix on the back of your board, and even then there'd be uber limited functionality (always on, no brightness control).

If you're still interested in that, PM me.

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #24 on: Fri, 07 February 2014, 10:31:32 »
The toes under the table look cool.  :D

It actually looks quite funny. I don't know if anyone else feels the same about the perspective, but it looks as though kmiller8's foot is smaller than a Cherry switch.
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« Reply #25 on: Fri, 07 February 2014, 13:04:30 »
It is not a nostromo but an orbweaver  ;)

Ah, I see it now.
(goes to look at razer's site)

Holy crap those are expensive!  I think I paid less than 50 bucks for my speedpad.

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #26 on: Fri, 07 February 2014, 15:02:59 »
Ah, I see it now.
(goes to look at razer's site)

Holy crap those are expensive!  I think I paid less than 50 bucks for my speedpad.

I think there was recently a 50% off everything razer, I'm thinking that's where this one was purchased, but I don't know for sure.

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #27 on: Fri, 07 February 2014, 15:24:49 »
racist towards ergodoxes! lol. jk jk jk jk  :p :p :p :p :p dont let tp4tissue see this thread.


i enjoy soldering too much to want others to do it for me.  but this is damn cool what you are doing. this is why i love this community. its **** like this right here. thank you.
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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #28 on: Fri, 07 February 2014, 15:55:26 »
It is not a nostromo but an orbweaver  ;)

Ah, I see it now.
(goes to look at razer's site)

Holy crap those are expensive!  I think I paid less than 50 bucks for my speedpad.

yeah that's my orbweaver that I bought from razer during their 50% CES thanks sale.

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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #29 on: Fri, 07 February 2014, 20:13:07 »
Board Four, the whites had 55g springs swapped




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Re: [FREE] Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #30 on: Sat, 08 February 2014, 19:32:08 »
Duly noted... I'll give you a ring if I ever have something come up.
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« Reply #31 on: Sun, 09 February 2014, 11:07:04 »
Ok, done with the free aspect for now, maybe in the future I'll bring it back for a week or two, but don't count on it.

If you still need something done, I will offer competitive pricing with other modification services on the forum and in the community.

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« Reply #32 on: Tue, 11 February 2014, 19:39:03 »
Simple LED swappage.




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Re: Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #33 on: Tue, 11 February 2014, 19:47:32 »
Simple LED swappage.

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Whoah!  That's fast, didn't those just get there yesterday?   :eek:

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« Reply #34 on: Tue, 11 February 2014, 21:43:34 »
Whoah!  That's fast, didn't those just get there yesterday?   :eek:

I was busy, which is why I had to put it off for today :P

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Re: Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #35 on: Tue, 04 March 2014, 09:12:34 »
Sent you a PM mate!
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Re: Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #36 on: Sun, 09 March 2014, 00:29:55 »
All PMs replied to.

I did a filco numpad yesterday too (MX Brown -> MX Red) and screw filco, every single pin was bent ;-; that was a huge PITA

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« Reply #37 on: Sun, 09 March 2014, 01:11:12 »
All PMs replied to.

I did a filco numpad yesterday too (MX Brown -> MX Red) and screw filco, every single pin was bent ;-; that was a huge PITA

i swear i give you the most annoying stuff to do lol

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« Reply #38 on: Sat, 22 March 2014, 11:07:08 »
Made a limited edition board even more limited. Both of these switched to MX Clears, and LEDs switched from white to blue in the TK


Also took the white LEDs from the TK and put them in my Blue one, and the blue plate makes it look uber sexy imo.

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Re: Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #39 on: Sat, 22 March 2014, 11:12:53 »
Made a limited edition board even more limited. Both of these switched to MX Clears, and LEDs switched from white to blue in the TK
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Also took the white LEDs from the TK and put them in my Blue one, and the blue plate makes it look uber sexy imo.
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nice job man, thats a lot of soldering!

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« Reply #40 on: Sat, 22 March 2014, 11:41:05 »
nice job man, thats a lot of soldering!

probably something like 6 hours total for all three boards, including a few switch modifications.

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« Reply #41 on: Wed, 26 March 2014, 17:35:56 »
The “o” key on my Pure works, and then doesn’t work, and then later works again. I have blown it out a little, checked for debris—the usual resorts of the minimally informed. I have no idea if it’s the switch, the solder, or some other cause. Is this a problem you can solve? What do you charge?

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« Reply #42 on: Wed, 26 March 2014, 20:02:49 »
The “o” key on my Pure works, and then doesn’t work, and then later works again. I have blown it out a little, checked for debris—the usual resorts of the minimally informed. I have no idea if it’s the switch, the solder, or some other cause. Is this a problem you can solve? What do you charge?

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« Reply #43 on: Wed, 26 March 2014, 22:28:41 »
I'm sure kmiller8 can fix it. It's most likely a cold solder joint, a lifted pad, or the diode needs to be reflowed.
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« Reply #44 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 00:29:35 »
amazing, def sending you some work soon :D
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Re: Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #45 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 21:55:50 »
Sent my Poker II in for some LED work, cant wait to get it back!

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Re: Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #46 on: Fri, 28 March 2014, 06:32:21 »
Simple LED swappage.

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Did you change the resistors on these as well?

The green/white swap will be fine, but you might find the red LEDs burn out running in a board that was designed for blue LEDs.

Just as a reference (though it's a good ball park)



Those red LEDs might be way over driven
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« Reply #47 on: Fri, 28 March 2014, 08:28:32 »
Simple LED swappage.

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Did you change the resistors on these as well?

The green/white swap will be fine, but you might find the red LEDs burn out running in a board that was designed for blue LEDs.

Just as a reference (though it's a good ball park)

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Those red LEDs might be way over driven

Margo

Is that true of all LEDs, or do they differ from brand to brand?

For instance, Mionix Zibal 60 has a shade of yellow-green that I’ve never seen anywhere. Now would that be 2.1V or 3.4V?

So the reds and yellows need stronger resistors? When doing the SIP socket mod, I’ve read that you can insert the appropriate resistor along with the correct LED into the same SIP sockets. Does that mean you have 2 things nestled together in the same tiny space on top of a Cherry key housing?

Also what about pink/magenta and purple? These being between red and blue, and red and white, it isn’t obvious what is the correct voltage to drive them.

I am concerned given that I’m sending you my stuff to mod, of course… and might be sending Kmiller something sometime. Wouldn’t want to burn out my board thanks to my ignorance after I get it back!
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Re: Keyboard Services (Soldering, Desoldering, Lubing, Springs, etc)
« Reply #48 on: Fri, 28 March 2014, 13:01:29 »
Did you change the resistors on these as well?

The green/white swap will be fine, but you might find the red LEDs burn out running in a board that was designed for blue LEDs.

Those red LEDs might be way over driven

No I did not change the resistors.

It's my understanding manufacturers obviously don't drive their LED's to a full 20mA 100% of the time especially because the change from 5mA to 20mA has marginal change in brightness. So assuming there's a 10mA @ 3.4V, dropping to 2V would only raise the current to 17mA which is still within manufacturer spec (which how trustworthy is that really).

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« Reply #49 on: Fri, 28 March 2014, 20:01:48 »


In Order.
Assembled Ergodox
Added Red LEDs to Poker II
Fixed mini-USB on Poker something