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Picture progress so far for today.

I've setup the remaining 20 or so fan frames in my homemade paint booth, and I'm on coat 2 right now. Will be done by the end of the day. While that is going on, I've started another assembly line for a few more tasks on the fan frames that were painted yesterday. Here is what I'm doing to each of them:

First I'm taking each fan frame, and inspecting closely for any missed spots or thin spots. For those that need a touch-up, they will go back out in the paintbooth:

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For the frames that were in good shape, I go ahead and remove the protective painters tape:

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Then I'm measuring 3 inches of wire from the frame, and cutting it:

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I want all of my fans to have short headers on them, and then I will make a custom harness for them and run a multi-tailed power line where I need it to go.

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Next, I'm taking an exacto knife and splitting the heatshrink that was holding the old sleeve on:

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Next, I'm getting rid of the tab that holds the wires next to the frame. See that notch on the top right side of the frame?

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I"m planning on having sleeve come down the side of the frame, and this notched opening is not big enough for the sleeved wires. I'm simply getting rid of it all together, and will most likely use a drop of super glue to keep the sleeve next to the frame.

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And finally, I'm putting back on 3 of the rubber corners. I don't want the 4th rubber corner on until I'm done with the wiring and sleeving.

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Now....rinse and repeat.....in between coats of paint on the remaining frames. More to come later!
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Picture progress so far for today.
I've setup the remaining 20 or so fan frames in my homemade paint booth, and I'm on coat 2 right now. Will be done by the end of the day. While that is going on, I've started another assembly line for a few more tasks on the fan frames that were painted yesterday. Here is what I'm doing to each of them:
First I'm taking each fan frame, and inspecting closely for any missed spots or thin spots. For those that need a touch-up, they will go back out in the paintbooth:
~snip~
Now....rinse and repeat.....in between coats of paint on the remaining frames. More to come later!

All that tedious work, You are crazy I hope you know that. rolleyes.gif
post #193 of 3982
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Originally Posted by Fateful_Ikkou View Post

.......You are crazy I hope you know that. rolleyes.gif

Ya know...I've heard that before. wink.gif
post #194 of 3982
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(in my best Men at Work imitation voice)...."Who can it be knocking at my door?" Well, it was the postman needing a signature for a registered package. Something from Germany. Whatever could it be?

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Hmmmmm.....if you didn't pick it up from the first shot, this will probably give it away.

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I guess the order got split into two parts. This one contains just the crimp pins and more cable clamps. Probably will get the sleeve tomorrow.

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post #195 of 3982
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Finished painting all of the 120mm fans, and did all of the first round of reassembly. So I've gone from this:

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to this.....

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to this....

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to this!

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I'll start crimping pins on wires tonight. More pictures later.
post #196 of 3982
Lookin good!
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"Break out the wine bottles. These came out perfect!"
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post #199 of 3982
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Tonight's progress. I tried, but just couldn't seem to take a picture WHILE holding the stripper or crimper. So I have no action shots....but I'll show you one of the finished products, and describe the steps I'm doing to each one to get there. I'm working assembly line style again. I like to take a small number of tasks and work my way down the line of fans, doing just those tasks for each one. Here is what I'm doing tonight to each fan:

1. Strip about 3mm of insulation of the end of each of the 3 fan wires
2. Crimp a new pin onto the end of each wire
3. Using white electrical tape to wrap the wires together. This will ensure that NO color shows through the white sleeve that will go on.
4. Put in the 4th corner rubber piece. Decided I really did need it in there before I get the sleeve on.

Here is a picture of what one of the fans looks like after these four steps:

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I should be able to finish these steps for all 42 fans tonight. That means tomorrow I should be able to start with the sleeve, heatshrink and connector.
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Absolutely amazing work man.
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