Use Binder Clips to Mend Broken Keyboard Feet

Ben Franklin got it all wrong. Beer isn't proof that God loves us, binder clips are. They're so cheap, and possibly the perfect hacking material to solve little problems around the office. Like this one, which helps you fix the little feet at the back of your keyboard.

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You use your keyboard every day, probably for hours at a time. And yet some of its parts, like those little plastic tab feet that keep it upright at the perfect typing angle, seem like they're designed to break off.

Luckily, there's an easy fix. Just grab a couple of 10¢ binder clips (or steal some from work) and try this trick for replacing them.

With your fingers or pliers, push together the two sides of the metal tabs on a binder clip. They should pop out from the black (or colored) plastic piece. Then, you're going to attach the metal tabs to the bottom of your keyboard in a very similar way. Find the holes which used to keep the keyboard feet in place and stick each end of the binder tabs inside. Flip the keyboard back over and it should be propped up like new.


(Images: Reckless Philosophers)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Living in an apartment with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Bacon, she loves to entertain and hates having a tiny kitchen.