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[HELP!] Motherboard Standoffs Stuck!

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Okay, so I've got a Fractal Design Arc Midi case, with two of the brass standoffs stuck onto the case, located at the bottom left and right screw holes in an ATX configuration. I can twist the standoffs fine, but nothing happens. There seems to be a threshold where there is a lot of resistance when twisting the standoff, but even when I twist past that, nothing happens as I keep twisting to get it out.
Another thing I'd like to add is that the bottom right standoff is really loose and wiggles fairly easily when I touch it and move it around.

There is no motherboard involved or getting in the way, this problem is purely between the case and the brass standoffs.

Any help is much appreciated. smilingsmiley.gif
post #2 of 12
It sounds like it's been threaded, get a drill with a metal cutting head and drill it out of the case. Either that or brute force with some pliers..

Personally I'd go with the drill since you'll not damage the case in the process. Something like a 2mm - 3mm drill head should be enough.

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post #3 of 12
It sounds like it's been threaded, get a drill with a metal cutting head and drill it out of the case. Either that or brute force with some pliers..

Personally I'd go with the drill since you'll not damage the case in the process. Something like a 2mm - 3mm drill head should be enough.

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post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Would it be okay if I left these 2 stuck standoffs in the case and went ahead and installed my mobo + screwed in the other 7 standoffs, while leaving these 2 problem standoffs unscrewed? I figure that since the 2 standoffs are in the bottom left and right corner of the board, I should be good. Can someone reassure me on this?
post #5 of 12
if it touches any part of your motherboard it could short it out, not only could it damage the motherboard it could shock you at the same time....

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post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
I thought the point of a brass standoff was that it does touch the motherboard though, so I'm not seeing what you're saying would short out my motherboard.
post #7 of 12
It's still electrically conductive but not a great amount... I'd not risk it with my machine. All metals are conductive, it just depends on how much.. Oh and if you have a look where the standoffs go, there is a metal ring where they touch which is far from any electrical circuits...

Drilling out the standoffs are the best option for you
post #8 of 12
Compu man is right, brass is conductive & your board will have a chance of shorting out. The stand-offs touch the mobo at spots that are meant to be grounded or are insulated. You could use some electrical tape to cover the unscrewed standoffs if you want just as a safety precaution if you decide to leave them.
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post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm confused right now. blinksmiley.gif If brass standoffs are conductive and have a chance of shorting your board out, how does screwing a motherboard screw into them make them safe to use? Why don't standoffs normally short out motherboards if they are conductive?
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by xD4rkFire View Post

I'm confused right now. blinksmiley.gif If brass standoffs are conductive and have a chance of shorting your board out, how does screwing a motherboard screw into them make them safe to use? Why don't standoffs normally short out motherboards if they are conductive?

Because where the screws are located on the motherboard either acts as a ground, or is isolated from current.

If a brass standoff is coming in contact with an area that isn't intended to be grounded, you could cause a short. Such as a contact on the opposing side of the board.
 
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