bunn (bunn) wrote,

By the power of SUGRU!!!

I've been holding off making this post, lest I jinx things, but it does look as though the thing may be fixed.  You may remember (or, if you are one of the Egg Guineapigs and have a Busy Life, you may not) that the power jack socket on  my laptop was driving me nuts, and I kept having to take the thing to pieces and reassemble the socket.

The wonderful ozisim saw me whinging woefully on LJ about this and said: what you need is SUGRU!  And not only did she suggest this, she posted me some, which was a true Act of Kindness.

It comes in a little silver packet, and feels a bit like plastacine.   But unlike plastacine, it sticks to things quite enthusiastically, and it hardens when left at room temperature to a tough, rubbery substance like those silicone baking tools.   And it is *exactly* the stuff you need if some poorly-made component needs to be stuck back together in a way that will hold it together longer term.   My laptop has not lost power once since I Sugru'd the power supply back together.

I thought about photographing the repair, but that would be pretty dull.  However, I did have some sugru left after repairing the socket, so I thought I would try repairing the bit on the outside of the case where there used to be a bunch of plastic bars over the air intake, but most of the plastic bars have snapped off.   I thought if I tried to make plastic bars of sugru, they would inevitably look a bit saggy, so I decided to roll with the sagging, and instead make a sort of Cthuloid grille thing.   I did not, honestly, expect this to stay in place.  I thought it would probably fall off overnight.  But it's still there a week later, and it seems to be amazingly robust!  I wish I'd put a bit more effort into making it now.


In short : Sugru is Amazing.  And anyone who tells you that whining about your minor technology woes on a blog is a waste of time, is WRONG. :-D
Tags: arty stuff, technology, whining

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