PDP-8/a cleaning

Jon Elson elson at pico-systems.com
Tue Apr 25 10:03:37 CDT 2017

On 04/24/2017 02:19 PM, Pontus Pihlgren via cctalk wrote:
> Hi
> My PDP-8/A is up for restoration. More specifically and 8A100 according
> to it's ID plate. It is in overall "ok" shape but oh so dusty.
> I'd like to give it a good cleaning so I'm tearing it down. And I'm
> looking for suggestion to cleaning the backplane and regulator board.
> I'm considering putting the Omnibus part under warm water and perhaps a
> bit of mild detergent. Should I get distilled water or will tap do? The
> water here is not very "hard"
I'd just vacuum the card slots and wiring side with a shop 
vac with a crevice tool.  I really would not get it wet.  If 
you do this, vacuum all the water off and then dry in an 
oven at 100F or so for a day.  You can clean the card edge 
fingers with an alcohol-soaked paper towel.


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