Another noob question… I’m struggling to silence some stabs.
It’s stock stabs in a Ducky One 2 TKL. I don’t remember them being this rattly before my mods (but it had MX blues that might have just concealed it).
- lubing the insert’s sides (to the point it became sluggish, then cleaned and relubed from scratch)
- lubing the wire
- lubing the wire compartment in the insert before putting in the lubed wire
- heat shrink on the wire (first long enough to get slightly stuck in the insert / tight contact, then shortened it so only the part between the wire 90° bend and the insert is filled)
- padding the insert’s walls slightly with electric tape to prevent the insert to tilt ever so slightly within the stab housing
- added electric tape to the plate so the stab mount has no wiggle (it had some miniscule amount before). Same with the hole of the key switch itself.
For anything involving the wire, I first used Permatex 81150, then SuperLube Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease DE21014, after noticing that the latter seems to be slightly thicker. For the insert walls I used Krytox 205g0.
All of the above haven’t removed the rattle in the mentioned keys. Ironically I didn’t have this much trouble with space bars and had success silencing 3 of those with the usual lubing measures. Incl straightening one ABS bar with hot water.
I’ve noticed that the combination of “filling the insert’s wire compartment with lube” and “lubing the wire generously” will allow the first few key presses to be silent. But pretty soon after that the lube seems to be wiggled out of contact area (my guess) and the rattle returns.
Looking closely at the cap wobble (video), I wonder if that is more than lube can compensate. Maybe there’s other contributing factors I’m overlooking? Like switch stem wobble that allows the see-saw in the first place? But all the switches I’ve tried have the same result (Red ink, Speed Silver, Cream, Gat Yellow KS-9, Holy Panda).
I’m at my wit’s end (which isn’t saying much though). What else can I try?