DEC UNI/Q-BUS board physical size?

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at
Tue Mar 8 18:40:59 CST 2005

On Tue, 08 Mar 2005 18:02:40 -0500, Brad Parker <brad at> wrote:
> Ethan Dicks wrote:
> >
> >I happen to have a Stimson foot press with the right die for DEC handle rivets...
> yea, but aren't you on the south pole?

Not at the moment... that was _last_ (austral) winter.  Been home for
over a month.
> seems like a long drive to borrow your foot press :-)

Heh... reminds me of the gals from Texas that met some friends of mine from New
Zealand, all at a park in Arizona.  The gals asked where my friends
were from and
when they were told, the gals blinked and said, "New Zealand?!?  That's a long
drive, ain't it?"
> are these eyelet rivets something that can be fastened with a hand tool?

Presumably.  It'd be like setting grommets in canvas... one should have a
table anvil of the right diameter and shape, and a hand punch to form the
curl... would also need to support the board at the right height off
the workbench
so a) it doesn't slip, and b) doesn't snap off the tip off the table
anvil (there's a
bit that sticks up that the rivet sits on so it doesn't move and
doesn't close the
hole when struck).

I do not know where one would _get_ a hand setter for these, but one could make
one quickly enough with a lathe.  ISTR the last time someone broke the Stimpson
anvil (by not supporting the board and breaking off that tip I
mentioned), it was
something like $75 for a new one.  The Stimpson press itself is at
least hundreds
of dollars, used, if not $1000.  Dunno what one costs new, even SRC bought this
one used.


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