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Kitchen Scale: Expedient Button Replacement

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.

Kitchen scale - cracked buttons

Kitchen scale - cracked buttons

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.

Button covers removed

Button covers removed

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.

Kitchen scale - expedient button cover

Kitchen scale - expedient button cover

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…

 

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