DIY laptop feet.
A few weeks ago I happened to bump into a video on YouTube about how to make a DIY speaker stand. My own solution in this case was to put my speakers on boxed sets of DVDs to raise them to approximately ear height.
The idea that you might spend large amounts of money on pointy footed speaker stands to dampen vibration strikes me as ridiculous unless the speakers come without feet of any sort. No doubt if the listener prefers loud, thumpy music, vibration might be an issue, but I’m not so vulgar since the music I listen to is polite and refined.
I have to wonder about ifi’s racking system. As much as I like my ifi gear, an anti-vibration rack for its kit is ridiculous. It’s all electronic. However, if you go so far as to buy it as a system, a rack would be handy to reduce the amount of horizontal space that’d be required for it.
Anyway, I’m straying, but like conversations, one topic can lead to another.
Last weekend when I went to Livat, I went into IKEA in search of some means of elevating the old Acer 5755 laptop. It gets so hot at times that if I have it resting flat on a surface, it overheats and dies. Thus for the past few years, I’ve been propping it up at the front with an old tin of Golden Throat lozenges (a well-known brand here in China) at home, and a pack of cards at school so that the sir can circulate underneath it. I have little faith in laptop coolers (I do have one around here somewhere) and don’t use the 5755 so much that it might need cool air blasting away on it. My question was whether I might find some item in IKEA that I could adapt for my purpose.
I found the answer in the bathroom fittings section. The Skoghall hook is short (about 35mm) and T-shaped with a broad base. It was ideal, but because the thing is chromed, it’s slippery. I went to WalMart and found some rubber feet, 2cm in diameter. They’re slightly broader than the tip of the hook, but that’s not a bad thing.
The laptop sits firmly on top of these feet and is directly usable with a slight amount of awkwardness because the chassis now sits flat instead of being angled. Of course, because I normally use an external keyboard, this is mostly neither here nor there.
Anyway, I’m rather pleased with this simple instance of ingenuity which resolves to some extent a long-standing problem.