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So I got mine a couple of weeks ago and loved the build on the planck kit itself. The PCB worked like a charm, soldering switches onto it was no sweat, and it was great to type on once I got the hang of it. The biggest problem I had was that my gateron brown switches and the key caps didn't *quite* match up. What I mean is that pulling up the keycap also completely pulled off the stem and cover of the switch, doing some damage to my contact points as well. I managed to jerry-rig it to work for about 3 weeks, where my escape key and tab keys were pretty iffy. Today, my tab switch is broken, as the contacts are now stuck and the keyboard isn't really usable :(.
I wonder how difficult it would be to desolder my switches and replace them with new, better quality switches. Has anyone done that before and have a tutorial for desoldering? I think I have a solder sucker with my solder kit, but I've not used it before. I got this kit as a fun little toy to screw around with so I'm not terribly disappointed with the product, just that the switches fell apart so easily.
Bummer! This happened to my Pok3r last week, theres quite a few videos on desoldering you can watch on YouTube.
I tried to do it with my kit solder pump and it did not work very well, it just would not pull the solder up. I ended up pulling the switch out but it ended up breaking the contact on the PCB, so now my PCB is ruined for the escape key :/
So I recomend getting some Desoldering Braid, especially if you plan on desoldering all the switches. Just replacing your broken switches would be a lot easier though.
Actually had the cap removal issue with my mx browns. I think it's more of a tolerance issue with the keycaps than anything else. Probably off spec by like half a millimeter.