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Drilling radiator mounting holes

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I'm about to drill into my FT02 for an Alphacool triple 180 radiator. How do you guys typically go about drilling the holes? I need equal distances between 12 holes. Are you guys using calipers or...? Alphacool has a downloadable technical drawing of their radiators, but the scale of the drawing isn't correct when printed (it's off by a scale of ~2.5).

Any suggestions?
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I mean you could use calipers or a nice ruler to mark your spots for your holes and it would be accurate if you take your time and are good at taking measurements.

If they give you the technical drawing it would be pretty easy to blow it up to the right size in Photoshop. If you wanted to get real fancy you could take it into illustrator and make paths over it for a crisp elevation view. Ideally you would just print that out on vinyl decal paper, cut it out precisely, match it up to the radiator to make sure its accurate, and stick it on your case where you are are going to mount it. You can drill straight through the template without any problem.

Prepping the image would be easy, but printing it out might be tough for you if you don't have the resources available. If I'm reading right the cooler is massive at nearly 2 feet long so obviously standard size letter paper will be two small. Another option would be to split the image into thirds and print it on normal letter paper then cut them out and match them all up. It takes a bit more time, but if you are precise and take your time you can get a really nice result. Then you would have a great template for all your mounting holes.

From my experience I always think its better to work with an accurate template instead of trying to make a bunch of different perfect measurements.
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Simple way (old school method, no electronics will be inconvenienced):

Take a sheet of paper and tape it over your radiator.
Rub the edges down with your finger to leave an impression of the edges.
Do the same with all the screw holes, optionally poke them through with a pencil (don't go too deep and hit the fins).
Cut out the outline of the radiator from the paper.
Tape it in place on your case.
Use a center punch and hammer to mark the hole centers.
Remove paper and drill out your holes.
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