In this thread I will present some mechanical tips & tricks for Apple-1 builders, which the target objective to a) get better quality builds and b) avoid certain pitfalls.
So far I have planned the following sub-posts, each describing one topic, but of course, I did not get around yet to snap all the photos and write them up:
1. Mounting the big blue electrolytic capacitors
2. Mounting the LM323 regulator and its heatsink
3. Mounting the 44-pin connector
4. Build a good PSU cable
Note that these are not in the order of how they go into a build. The 44-pin connector would go in first. But it offers less opportunities for making bad mistakes, so it comes later in my priority list. How to make a PSU cable I've already posted here on this forum, although not going as much into the details as I wanted: Internet time for me always is a scarce ressource, as I decided years ago not to allow that terrible time thief in my home anymore, and furthermore, I don't want to give in to the extortion and usury of these greedy internet providers who rip us Americans off. $50 per month for Internet ? Naaah. Offer me a better deal. So I have to drive to the local public library, where internet wifi is "free", although it really isn't "free", as I pay for this library with my property taxes. Due to these circumstances, I can only surf on the internet when a) I'm not to lazy to leave my house, and b) only as long as the battery in my notebook lasts. Which turns out to be a really smart arrangement: time to waste is limited by laws of physics, and so I have enough time left to get things done.
Over this weekend, I finished two more of my Apple-1 builds, so I had the opportunity to snap photos for the most important mechanical topics, which I will post one by one in the next days or weeks.
As always, use this information at your own discretion and at your own risk only. I don't assume any liability for incidental or consequential damages or losses, injury, death, or anything else, which may arise from use or misuse of any information in any of my posts, and I disclaim that this information is always correct and without faults or not having possible dire consequences. Be aware if you tinker with anything electric, doing so may injure or kill yourself, your loved ones, your pets, your neighbors, and burn down your house or the whole neighborhood, and may cause the sky to fall. Keep in mind the safest way to live in this country and avoid getting sued is to never leave your bed, never do any work, just wait for the government welfare check coming in, and please don't forget to breathe, drink and eat so you enjoy a long, useless, and risk-free life. This is not meant to be snarky, I'm just stating the factual, logical, inevitable consequences for a society that is infested with far too many lawyers. Lawyers are the reason why us private pilots have to fly 40-60 years old deathtraps with thirsty engines based on 1930s technology, and why most of those manufacturing jobs have been moved to China, and why in all manuals for appliances we have to read through pages after pages of bullsh*t ("Caution ! Water may be wet !") before we give up to find the information we seek and figure out how to operate that thing by trial and error. This is America, in the 21st Century. A largely deindustrialized nation in terminal decline, thanks to her lawyers. All we can do now is to build Apple-1 to take a glimpse into better times long gone by. Frankly, nobody would dare to sell such a quirky thing today ! And ask the buyer to wire it up to the mains himself ! Yikes ! Even M.S.E.E.'s are prohibited to do that, nowadays. Government license required, licensed, certified, insured "Electrician" needed to stay "legal". Wow. When do we need a government licensed breathing assistant to be allowed to legally breathe ?