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Question about tact switches

Postby Simba » Thu May 14, 2009 8:57 pm

I'm about to take my first step into the world of console modding. I'm going to attempt the PSOne hand made portable. I've got the console and screen, but I haven't picked up any parts yet.

Which tact switches do you guys recommend? Digi-keys is not currently stocking the 4.5mm. Are there alternatives?
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby XCVG » Thu May 14, 2009 9:23 pm

Squishy tacts. see thread below
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby Simba » Fri May 15, 2009 7:30 am

I had looked at the thread, but I'm pretty new to this so please bear with me. If I go with squishy tacts, do I want to buy the same size switches (6mm and 4.5mm) that recommended in the book, or is it okay to buy different sizes? I'm going to try to follow the book to the letter to avoid as many problems as I can.
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby eurddrue » Fri May 15, 2009 7:47 am

Simba wrote:I had looked at the thread, but I'm pretty new to this so please bear with me. If I go with squishy tacts, do I want to buy the same size switches (6mm and 4.5mm) that recommended in the book, or is it okay to buy different sizes? I'm going to try to follow the book to the letter to avoid as many problems as I can.

:lol: any size will work as long as it's not huge or ridiculously small
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby XCVG » Fri May 15, 2009 10:25 am

You can get them from eBay.

I think Mouser and Digi-Key have them too.
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby Life of Brian » Fri May 15, 2009 11:47 am

XCVG wrote:I think Mouser and Digi-Key have them too.
They do indeed. Digi-Key link
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby Simba » Fri May 15, 2009 3:15 pm

Thanks guys, I'll probably get them from digi-keys and get some white LEDs while I'm at it.

I've just spent the past couple hours getting all the supplies I'll need, and there were a couple of things that I couldn't find. First, where is a good place to get etching plastic? The local trophy store was no good.

Second, Ace hardware did not have the recommended compression spring (size is 5/32" x 9/16"). Any other ideas on where to pick one up?

One more thing, the book says that I'll need a 3/32" x 2 1/4" steel rod. What is for (I haven't started on the project yet), and where can I find one?
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby Life of Brian » Fri May 15, 2009 4:30 pm

If you can't find engraving plastic I recommend you try searching online for some 1/16" styrene plastic. It's cheap and easy to drill and cut.
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby DopestKidEva » Fri May 15, 2009 4:54 pm

I recommend making a case that you design :D
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby Simba » Fri May 15, 2009 5:33 pm

DopestKidEva wrote:I recommend making a case that you design :D
shows creativity but thats just me.


Well, considering this is my first time building something like this, I figured I'd take the safe route the first time, and then start to experiment. I'll save myself a lot of unnecessary expenses and headaches this way (hopefully).
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby eurddrue » Fri May 15, 2009 8:05 pm

Simba wrote:Thanks guys, I'll probably get them from digi-keys and get some white LEDs while I'm at it.

DO NOT BUY YOUR LEDS FROM DIGIKEY! I payed like $3 per LED on that site, then I bought a lot of 50 LEDs off of ebay for $7.99. (If you wish, I might still have the link in my ebay.)
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby jjhammerstein » Sat May 16, 2009 6:40 am

DopestKidEva wrote:I recommend making a case that you design :D
shows creativity but thats just me.


-Says the person that was going to use a case that I designed. :lol:
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Re: Question about tact switches

Postby Life of Brian » Sat May 16, 2009 7:03 am

Personally I think starting off with one of the book's designs is a great idea, but if you stick with this hobby you'll quickly learn that sometimes it's easier/more fun to go with your own design.
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