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#51 2014-08-25 19:04:37

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Re: tricks that helped you out

CSCoder4ever wrote:

Well I have another trick that helps me out. ... Air compressors!

You can clean out your computer, keyboard.. you name it... beats buying canned air wink

Yea, but a bit of and overkill, unless you already have one!

Married?  Wife have a hairdryer?  Does it have an "Air Only" setting!  BINGO!

Use the attachment with the smallest opening, like:
Hair_Dryers.jpg
Either way, buying one would still probably be cheaper than an air compressor..  And if you're like me and look as hairy as  wink  then they will think it's for your wife/girlfriend anyway  big_smile

A good one will have 3 or 4 speed (power) settings as well.  big_smile


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#52 2014-08-25 19:08:43

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Re: tricks that helped you out

Well, some people may have air compressors for tyres, no? Hairdryers a nice idea, though the attachment looks worryingly like a hoover one  big_smile

Copper0 wrote:

A vacuum creates static, so if you like seeing sparks and that magic blue smoke, go ahead and use a vacuum inside your computer.
On the keyboard? I'd feel safe there.

Don't but it physically inside a desktop. I've only used it w/o taking the back of my laptop, just to clear any dust build up in the grates. Simple and quick

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#53 2014-08-25 19:17:26

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Re: tricks that helped you out

Years ago I had a vacuum that allowed the hose to be attached to the rear - blowing air!  Mind you the air got hot rather quick and one had to use a "clean" dust catcher bag.  big_smile


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#54 2014-08-25 20:07:59

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Re: tricks that helped you out

At least yours was designed to do that.

I college, we stole the girls vacuum cleaner one night and rewired it to blow air/dust before returning it.


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#55 2014-08-25 20:46:19

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Air compressors are worth the money... wink


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#56 2014-08-25 20:55:27

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Re: tricks that helped you out

PackRat wrote:

At least yours was designed to do that.

I college, we stole the girls vacuum cleaner one night and rewired it to blow air/dust before returning it.

Oh that's mean!  But totally funny!

Almost as good as, but not quite, as a story I heard years ago.  In the days before indoor plumbing, men's barracks beside womens barracks.  Couple of guys rigged a small speaker just below the "two holer" seat in the ladies outhouse.  And waited in the barracks where they could watch out a window.

Sure enough, middle of a wintery night a lady making her way slowly through the snow to the crapper ... the guys waited a bit then:

HEY LADY!  Mind using the other hole, we're working down here!

Story continued saying she made it back to the ladies barracks in record time....  lol  lol  lol  lol

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#57 2014-08-25 21:12:05

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but wrote:

Well, some people may have air compressors for tyres, no? Hairdryers a nice idea, though the attachment looks worryingly like a hoover one  big_smile

I don't have a car, or a bike ... sooooo ... no compressor.  It may look like a 'hoover' but it does work.  big_smile


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#58 2014-08-26 15:39:09

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I switched from compressed air to a small shop-vac for cleaning computers when the compressed air I was using forced the dust deeper into the cooling fins of the heat-sink instead of out.


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#59 2014-08-26 15:40:25

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^ You see: no one wants gunk on their bits...
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#60 2014-08-26 18:24:15

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^ let alone their bytes!  lol


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#61 2014-08-26 19:00:36

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Re: tricks that helped you out

jeffreyC wrote:

I switched from compressed air to a small shop-vac for cleaning computers when the compressed air I was using forced the dust deeper into the cooling fins of the heat-sink instead of out.

Why I use the vacuum on my laptop. Mind, i think I would use a compressor if/when i get a desktop, because i have greater freedom to angle it to be effective.

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#62 2014-08-26 21:36:09

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Re: tricks that helped you out

Compressors, good idea, if you disassemble the thing to blow air/crap out and not force it in.
ProTip:
Make damn sure the compressor is well drained, or has a water trap, so it blows dry ish air.
Otherwise you can blow a lovely mix of water and engine oil over your heatsink grill.
Make sure the air is at a reasonable pressure, not 200psi, wrong angle and you can lift the tracks off the PCB. crappy and not so crappy circuit boards alike.
Source: years of working with (admittedly large commercial) air compressors,

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#63 2014-08-27 00:44:18

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^ my idea sounds better all the time.  Wife's hairdryer, steal it from the bathroom, use it, and return it before your wife knows where it went.  big_smile


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