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Bypassing a deficient button with a high quality Cherry MX keyboard switch

by on Jan.13, 2013, under Electronics

geeky designA few years ago we bought a Soehnle digital kitchen scale. We were still happy with it if it was not for the crappy “on-tara-off” button: Within two or three months of daily use, being exposed to small amounts of flour, water, sugar powder etc., the button becomes more and more sticky. In the end, the scale doesn’t turn on or off or reset to zero when pressing the button with the usual pressure. This is an enormous drawback for usability and satisfaction.

Of course this can easily be fixed by opening the scale and cleaning the button and surrounding parts. Unfortunately the fix will only last for two to three months…

So I decided to no longer settle for temporary fixes. It is very easy to connect a different switch parallel to the original one. Being a great fan of Cherry MX keyboard switches, I went for a Cherry MX switch resurrected form an old keyboard.

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