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My NES case mod has formerly been fastened by four screws and mounts native to the NES. Im changing parts and need to remove the screw mounts in the front of the case. I'm looking around for some kind of strong clip or some other fastener that will do the job, perhaps like the plastic clip method used to keep laptop chassis together. Any tips on what might work? Whatever it is, it needs to be compact and mounted on the inside, fastening the bottom half of the case to the top half. Thanks

Note, the screw mounts will be completely removed. This is a hacked up case that Im only using to prototype the build.

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A flap on the 2 joining edges, with some thumb screws... Maybe, Kind of just throwing out ideas
     
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Thanks, I'm looking for random ideas. Screws won't work though. It'll have to be something that can be epoxied.
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what about those clips you get on luggage bags, that clip in place
     
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What you oare looking for might be found HERE, or somewhere like it. There are all kinds of weird automotive fasteners out there.
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post #6 of 9
How about latches on the sides or would that be too far removed from the look of the NES?
Like this?
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.synthfool.com/store/latchmeasurements.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.synthfool.com/store/latchpop.html&h=1116&w=1722&sz=541&tbnid=bV7SjstUm8XuQM:&tbnh=78&tbnw=120&zoom=1&usg=__1GrhcNFe4mG6NNUr0oTo7120spA=&docid=J2tpxXtLMtYGMM&sa=X&ei=XN00UdP5NufaywGQpYBA&ved=0CDMQ9QEwAA&dur=2817

For some reason the tool bar is gone to make a nice link...hmm what is up with my browser.

other than that...fasten zip ties to the top in some manner (a strong glue might do it...I've been able to use wire twists in my applications of this) and have them run along the inside to a tiny slit in the bottom. then put a small washer on it and then the "latch" of another zip tie pulling it up tight. One in each corner should do it as long as you aren't throwing it around. Provided there are feet that lift it up high enough to clear the zip tie latch you shouldn't even see it. If you want to open it again you just carefully cut the zip tie latch
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 3/4/13 at 10:27am
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post #7 of 9
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Thanks for the ideas so far. Outside the case isn't an option. I feel like I've seen little spring loaded latches before. Anyone know what I'm thinking of?



The spring-loaded 'lever' part slides right over the other part, and can be unlatched by pressing down on it.
Edited by ettescott - 3/4/13 at 10:07am
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Thanks for the ideas so far. Outside the case isn't an option. I feel like I've seen little spring loaded latches before. Anyone know what I'm thinking of?



The spring-loaded 'lever' part slides right over the other part, and can be unlatched by pressing down on it.

but wouldn't that be on the outside?

I think those would also require some force on it...like if you press the lever it would pop open.
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After some thought, I'm liking the idea of a rubber flap that's fastened down on the bottom half with small standoffs/screws and maybe epoxied onto the other half. One of those rubber strips on either end would make for good flexible hinges.

I would want a small rubber strip that will stretch just a little(enough to hinge open the top half), but won't stretch out over time (will hold the case together and in place even if potentially dropped, etc). Any tips where to find rubber like that? Would epoxy work to fasten rubber to plastic?
Edited by ettescott - 3/4/13 at 1:35pm
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