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    Epoxy or hot glue ribbon cables?

    I messed up the connector to the ribbon cable going to the control buttons on my lilliput.

    I jammed the ribbon cable into the slot using some paper to hold it temporarily. I would like to go with a more permanant aproach though.

    I am nervous about using epoxy, what if they don't sit quite right, and then don't work? Then I am screwed.

    I thought about using hot glue, but will that flow too much and get into the connectors? Or heat up durring use and flow down in?
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    hot glue OK.

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    hmm.. i dunno about the lilliput and/or other peoples' setups, but i gotta say - my xenarc is getting REALLY hot in the summer here in NY, not burning hot, but it does get uncomfortable to leave my finger on the ts for more than a couple of seconds..

    i'd be really nervous if anything was hot-glued in there.

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    i use velcro to hold one of my ribbon cables in place. The heavy duty kind. It gives me no problems

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    hot glue would be fine. it doesn't melt THAT easily. you can also buy high-temp hot glue if you are that worried.

    or if you want a similar solution without worrying about it melting, use silicone. I got a tube from home depot (its sold as like aquarium caulk or something) and i've used it for tons of similar things.
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    I may just hot glue it, it doesn't sound like it is too much of an issue.

    Evan - The silicone you bought, is it in a squeeze tube, or a tube you put into a caulking gun? I work in a hardware store, but that is something I am still unsure about.
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    that's what I have. I bought that over the other various kinds of silicone because it is 100% silicone, no extra crap in it that might cause any problems with electronics.
    But don't take it from me! here's a quote from a real, live newbie:
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    dont epoxy it as if you break a cable you are *****ed!

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