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gb Offline Tasky

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on: October 08, 2023, 10:19:45 PM
Building a PC comes with all manner of little challenges.
Routing cables tidily is one thing, but fixing things damaged in transit is another, especially bent pins - Often trying to straighten them only bends them the other way and they snap, which is a heartbreaking experience when you've just dropped several hundred bucks on a processor that is now nothing more than a keyfob.
Some people suggest a self-propelling pencil, but I find a SAK toothpick so flexible that you can very carefuly apply just the right amount of force without bending the pin past the shear point. It's like using a tension wrench on a lock pick.

This example isn't a CPU, but it does have a bent header pin, courtesy of the previous user:

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nz Offline zoidberg

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Re: Take your pick...
Reply #1 on: October 08, 2023, 11:46:27 PM
Awarded.   :tu:

gb Offline Rizio Il Ghiro

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Re: Take your pick...
Reply #2 on: October 09, 2023, 03:35:06 AM
Nice work, Tasky!  :cheers:

us Offline marlowe221

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Re: Take your pick...
Reply #3 on: October 09, 2023, 03:40:34 AM
Well done Tasky!

I have done the same with the toothpick in the past myself. I have done a LOT of maintenance on computer parts over the years since I build my own machines and only buy used parts...

In fact I have found a SAK to be an indispensable companion when working on electronics of all kinds!



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