Sun Type 5 keyboard f*-up

From: Tore S Bekkedal <>
Date: Thu Nov 18 09:52:24 2004

On Thu, 2004-11-18 at 10:26 -0500, james wrote:
> > How rugged is this KB? Will it take water, and relatively hot water
> > too?
> Any keyboard will take boiling water, at least on the circuitry. During
> manufacture circuit boards are washed after wave soldering in a 200
> degree spray (ph isn't neutral, but I don't remember which way it
> swings).
> The only concern is the plastics.
> I've washed all my keyboards (incl Sun) in dishwashers on regular cycle
> with a little detergent (NOT Cascade or other powder detergents that
> contain sand - use liquid). I don't recommend using the drying cycle.
> The trick is to chase the water afterwards and I use isopropynol
> (rubbing alcohol) to do that. Isopropynol binds to water and will take
> it away as it flows off the board.
> Follow with a hair dryer and a day or two in the sun.
> This also works for rescuing electronics that have been dropped in
> lakes/oceans if you get to them quickly.
Brilliant! That is extremely useful general-purpose information. I also
happen to have what in Norwegian is called isopropanol, I can only
assume that they are the same?

Again, thank you, that info will come in handy.

I have some insanely dirty SGI KB's I got recently, too.

Tore S Bekkedal <>
Received on Thu Nov 18 2004 - 09:52:24 GMT

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