Attaching DEC Handles, the Right Way

jim stephens jwsmail at
Wed Apr 26 12:02:19 CDT 2017

On 4/26/2017 9:47 AM, Al Kossow via cctalk wrote:
> On 4/26/17 8:06 AM, jim stephens via cctalk wrote:
>> Stu Phillips, a friend of ours did the insertion of metal metal Southco extractor handles on our boards for the
>> Microdata 1600.  He probably had a machine, as the Southco levers were riveted onto our board thru holes in the corner
>> and levered the board in and out of the card cage.
This shows the Southco extractor.  The Nova DG cards I have have them as 

Data General Nova 3 cpu card showing the same extractor.

If the above link is fubar, the posting is here in this blog post:

The fastners were rivited thru the board, and with particularly stiff 
backplanes, the corner of the boards could also
break off as well as the bowing of the boards Al refers to.  The boards 
bend up or down in the center of the card
as you pull very hard on each edge.  Eventually either your fingers 
bleed, or the card pops out of the connector
at the far end.

> I think these are the same style used on the DG Nova and the Alto. They have a problem that they bend if you aren't
> paying attention to card alignment.
> Also came upon this
> modern source for DEC style plastic handles?

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