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IBM L191p Monitor Stand Disassembly

Our Larval Engineer expressed a need for some monitors, so I dispatched a pair of IBM L191p panels from the heap. Despite reusing a gargantuan box from the Dell U2713HM monitor, I had to disassemble the struts from their swiveling base to fit everything inside.

The intact base has no obvious affordance to remove the covers:

L191p Monitor Stand - struts intact

L191p Monitor Stand – struts intact

After taking the bottom apart, I discovered that you just poke a screwdriver under each cover and it slides upward and off:

L191p Monitor Stand - struts cover removal

L191p Monitor Stand – struts cover removal

Duh & similar remarks.

The two covers are not interchangeable:

L191p Monitor Stand - struts cover handedness detail

L191p Monitor Stand – struts cover handedness detail

Removing two pairs of screws from each strut releases them from the base:

L191p Monitor Stand - struts disassembled

L191p Monitor Stand – struts disassembled

The projecting horns on the outboard side of those struts are exactly as delicate as you think.

I put a piece of thick cardboard sheathed in closed-cell foam between the LCD screens that separated their bezels (minus cutouts for the buttons), then taped them together face-to-face. Add foam peanuts, drop in the monitors, nestle struts beside monitors, add rigid foam blocks all around and between, put flat bases atop monitors with a foam slab protecting those strut brackets, over-stuff the box with more peanuts, forcibly tape the thing closed, and it survived the trip in good order.

A pair of 1280×1024 monitors isn’t worth insuring these days, though.

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  1. #1 by eriklscott on 2015-02-26 - 12:55

    Ah, I see – this way she gets practice recapping it. Good thinking there. :-)

    • #2 by Ed on 2015-02-26 - 13:44

      She almost got the 2005FPW, but I want to see if / how long it survives. She liked the notion of a matched pair of monitors and I moved stuff from my heap to hers.

      What’s not to like? [evil grin]