Category Archives: DIY

Lab Fridge Repair: Thinking with 3D Printing

I’m posting this because it’s such a nice example for the standard “What are 3D printers really good for?” question. When I got to the lab today, I was told the can chute in our mini-fridge was broken. Inspection showed … Continue reading

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T510 Touchpad Resurfacing

I found a forum.thinkpads thread while looking into another touchpad issue recently, and learned two important facts: The bumpy touchpad texture I never loved that had worn off my T510 is just a sticker. Those stickers are replaceable.

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Singer no.42 Swingarm Repair

I’ve posted before on the slow restoration of my old 201-2 and its cabinet, last time I noted that my cabinet’s swing-arm wouldn’t auto-deploy, which prompted some discussions with other folks about the mechanism. One of those other pieces of … Continue reading

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Inspiron 11-3000 Hinge Screw Defect

The Inspiron 11-3000 I’ve been carrying around developed a rattle the other day, and today I decided to open it up.

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New Data Integrity Tools

I’ve recently added a couple tools to my standard set, and have at least a 4x improvement in the safety of my data by doing so. The process was complicated a bit because I’ve become very sensitive about only depending … Continue reading

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Quick Laptop Sleeve

I noticed I was scuffing up the not-my-laptop that I’ve been carrying, so I did a little “30 minute” sewing project (that actually took over an hour because I’m apparently retarded) after I burnt out on other things for the … Continue reading

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WNR3500L Repair

Some years ago the KAOS lab bought a number of Netgear WNR3500L routers to use as network glue. A pair of them have been in constant service since 2011 in the lab and machine room, and both of those died … Continue reading

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Singer no. 42 Cabinet Swing-Arm

One of my previous posts about my Singer attracted an email conversation with another owner about the swing-arm mechanism on the no. 42 cabinet. Unfortunately, the end-of-semester insanity struck before the matter was settled, and I am still unsatisfied with … Continue reading

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chdk-ptp PKGBUILD

In another episode of fixing things for the Cameras as Computing Systems class I’m taking, I made a PKGBUILD that apparently correctly builds and installs chdk-ptp on Archlinux systems. Chdk-ptp is a tethered-control application for Canon cameras running CHDK, that … Continue reading

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Makergear M2 Heated Bed Issue

There was a problem with the Lab’s Makergear M2 recently that is worth writing up. Last weekend, we had it off site for a demo event for a group of highschoolers interested in engineering and medicine, which included assembling samples … Continue reading

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