Archive for October 24th, 2010
According to the date code on the back, we’ve had this kitchen scale for nigh onto a decade, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the molded plastic sheet over the buttons has cracked. Mary & I were in the midst of a tag-team baking session when the middle (Power) button cover went crunch and gave out.
Although it’s not obvious, all three buttons are about halfway disconnected from the surface. The rightmost button has a crack nearly all the way around the perimeter.
A quick encounter with a razor knife removed the entire block of cracked plastic, revealing the surprisingly off-centered button recesses. No wonder the plastic cracked!
The junkpile disgorged a thin sheet of laminated cardboard that peeled neatly down the middle. Cut it to fit the rectangle, apply a strip of Kapton tape, and it was back in action in about ten minutes… the bread dough never missed me.
This was a quick-and-dirty fix to get the thing back in operation; when the Kapton tape fails, I’ll do something more permanent and less hideous. I promise…