At my CodeClub last week, one of the Pis was dropped on the floor and unfortunately landed right on the GPIO pins, bending four of them.
Back in the distant past I had to frequently straighten out pins on a similar connector (used on a cryostat if you’re interested) and became quite adept at it So I brought the Pi home and managed, quite easily to straighten out the GPIO damage. I thought I’d summarise the method I used in case it is useful to others. I imagine dropped Pis are not an unusual occurrence and it would be a shame to
leave a Pi in an unusable (for GPIO fun) state when it could easily be repaired. The GPIO pins are quite robust and will survive some fairly severe distortion. But reducing the amount of flexing to and fro when attempting a repair will improve the chances of the PI continuing to be usage into its old age.
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