Introduction: Rad Keyboard A.k.a. Why Didn't You Think of This?

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Today I'm going to quickly show you how to make your boring computer keyboard super rad and punk ska mod beatnik retro fantastic.

Step 1: Get Two Keyboards

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All you need is two keyboards.

The only catch is, the keys have to be interchangeable, and the keys have to be different. If the keyboards are the same, when this is all over you will have seriously wasted your time.

Step 2: Swap the Keys

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Yes. I know. Quite obvious. Carefulness in removing the keys is vital. If you can't use your fingers, use two screwdrivers, one on each side. Pry with both at once. If you use only one you are likely to break the shaft or in my case crack a little chip out of the side of a key. Electrical tape on the screwdrivers ads safety padding as well.

Be sure you are not in a cluttered room! Keys will fly off and get lost. Repeatedly.

Step 3: Type Things

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Make sure they all still work. If your keyboards are the same color but different fonts that's fun too. Now you are rad.

Comments

pfred2 (author)2011-10-05

I have pulled some keyboards all apart just to clean them. To get all the keys back in the right places I usually plug the keyboard in, open up a text editor, then hit the naked buttons and match for the correct key as text comes up. Because the keys can be a real pain if I put them back in the wrong places then have to pry them back up!

josefu0 (author)2010-10-06

i try doing it but they wont fit each other. but nice anyway.

harley_rly (author)2009-12-29

nice idea

Paulkartking25 (author)2009-11-18

I like this idea i think it is cool!!!!!  Great job

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