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Fix a Worn Out Game Controller with Aluminum Foil

If you’ve logged so many hours playing Call of Duty you’ve worn out the buttons on your controller, don’t blow your money on a new one–repair it with this simple hack.

The majority of game controllers, remote controls, and other devices with push-buttons use a simple rubber conductive pad beneath the button to form a contact with the circuitry of the controller. When that pad wears out, the button either needs to be pressed too firmly for comfortable play or it can’t be effectively pressed at all. Viktor, a tinker with a bent for economical solutions, wanted to repair his Xbox 360 control on the cheap. He did so by using nothing more than a torx screw driver (to open the controller body) and some supplies from his kitchen and office (like a paper punch, tape, and aluminum foil). In the photo above you can see how he simply punched new contact points out of the aluminum foil and attached them to the backs of the buttons with two-sided tape. Now when the button depresses, a solid contact is made between the circuit and the conductive material on the back of the button.

Hit up the link below for a detailed walk through of the technique.

Fixing a Worn Out Remote Control [via Hacked Gadgets]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/26/12

Comments (5)

  1. Prashant

    my dad did this when i was 4 years old….

  2. cee

    Mm grandfather did this when my dad was 4 years old…

  3. bert

    cock jockey

  4. Urichhai

    Old hack but a good one to bring up for the younguns. Did this hack on my super nintendo controllers.

  5. aznjoejustin

    can i put all purpose silicone ??

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