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How do you remove the spacebar on a Das Keyboard?

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I'll be receiving the o-rings I ordered any day now. Looking at a youtube video, the guy uses two paperclips on both ends of the spacebar to lift it up enough to release it from the switch. But since the switch is in the middle, wouldn't it be better to use a key cap puller just in the center of the spacebar to lift it off the switch? Or is there a reason for lifting the spacebar on both ends using bent paperclips?

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Raptor
post #2 of 13
it's not easy to remove the space bar from the center
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it's not easy to remove the space bar from the center

Any tips on how to remove the space bar?

Thanks,
Raptor
post #4 of 13
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We strongly discourage anyone from attempting to remove the space bar, return key, and other large-sized keys. These keys have a support bar underneath them that can make it very tricky to remove the key and even more difficult to put it back in place. As shown in the photo below, the stabilizer bar connects to 2 little white pieces attached to the key cap. It is very easy to break these pieces or even lose one if it flies off the key cap when removed. Unfortunately, there are no replacement parts available for these, so once broken or lost, the key they attach to will no longer function properly. Since it is possible to get a very thorough cleaning without removing these keys, it’s recommended to leave them in place.

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Hah, don't be a wimp.

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post #6 of 13
Even if you break one of the stabilisers like I did on my right shift, you can buy replacement ones from www.wasdkeyboards.com or elsewhere very cheaply, or you can just try and glue it back together.
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Deafboy,
Thank you for your warning post. I will keep precautions in mind.

Ripster,
Wow, that's a terrific link you posted. Thanks for being the author and sharing the info!

Paradigm84,
Thanks for your post. It's comforting to know that replacement stabilizers can be purchased from wasdkeyboards.

Thanks all,
Raptor
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Deafboy,
Thank you for your warning post. I will keep precautions in mind.

Ripster,
Wow, that's a terrific link you posted. Thanks for being the author and sharing the info!

Paradigm84,
Thanks for your post. It's comforting to know that replacement stabilizers can be purchased from wasdkeyboards.

Thanks all,
Raptor

Taking the space bar off correctly is easy as long as you don't really rip it off, but even if you do, sometimes the stabilisers will just come out of their slots intact, so you just have to slot them back in and reinstall the space bar.
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Taking the space bar off correctly is easy as long as you don't really rip it off, but even if you do, sometimes the stabilisers will just come out of their slots intact, so you just have to slot them back in and reinstall the space bar.

It would be nice if someone could figure out a jerry-rig way to put a stopping device above the keycap puller to limit the amount the puller can go upward. That would prevent a sudden excessive upward pull when a stabilized key suddenly released off of the key switch. Guess a screw device like a steering wheel puller would be even better.... thumb.gif

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post #10 of 13
Spacebars you GENERALLY can remove with your fingers if you remove the two ALT keys.

I'll add that to the guide sometime.
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