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SO I broke down and and ordered the side panel from a 500R for my 400R because I am both lazy AND broke... I do not own a dremel or power cutter of any kind.. anyway.. I recieved the panel today.. and easily removed the mesh .. but now I am left with the stupid retainer tabs.. I started to take a pair of pliers and attempt to bend them in.. but thought better of it.. I have a pair of metal sheers that I could try I guess.... anyone have any better ideas? I really dont wanna wait a couple weeks to get my first check from my new job before I can get this window installed...
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post #2 of 9
well they're pretty sturdy. you're gonna have to cut them off unless you feel like banging them in with a hammer. biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 9
if you use a pair of tin snips make sure you go the correct direction so it doesn't tweak the panel. i would really typically recommend using a dremel and taping off the paint around it to help protect it.

I hate the rough edge that you get from tin snips. Im talking about the imprint from the some what serrated edge to keep the metal from just slipping out as you squeeze. Just a nasty edge IMO.

Is it steel or aluminum? If its steel be careful of heat buildup when using a dremel so you don't cook off the near by paint.
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I'm not really sure... I think it may be really thin steel.. but the little retaining tabs are REALLY thin... I managed to slightly bend one just by taking the mesh out lol.. so they wouldn't be too hard to cut or whatever... if the edge is REALLY that bad.. I will invest in to some of that u-channel stuff to protect against the sharp edge.. then I am just going to use some of that double sided 3M clear tape to stick the acrylic to it.. lol right now I have the panel on the case.. and the mesh removed.. so its just a big hole.. kinda gives me an insight into what having a window will look like..

my original plan was to take the original side panel from my 400R and tape off and cut out the entire raised area of the panel and install a window in it.. maybe now that I have this panel and can fairly easily put a window in.. if I do end up buying a dremel.. I can play around on the old panel and see if I cant actually accomplish doing that
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If it is that thin it is very likely steel. Try the tin snips if it is real thin you should be alright. Have a file handy to clean it up further and a sharpie marker to cover up the silver edge left behind.

One tip i have for you is if it seems wierd you can always take small strips off at a time since a small strip will curl out of the way easier you won't have as much warping on the good side of the cut.
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If it is that thin it is very likely steel. Try the tin snips if it is real thin you should be alright. Have a file handy to clean it up further and a sharpie marker to cover up the silver edge left behind.

One tip i have for you is if it seems wierd you can always take small strips off at a time since a small strip will curl out of the way easier you won't have as much warping on the good side of the cut.

what I will most likely end up doing.. after I get the tabs out of the way.. I am going to hunt down some of that u-channel stuff to give the edge a nice look.. hopefully it looks as well as I imagine it.. and as good as other people's I have seen do the same thing.. I want the beautiful green lit black hardware to shine through.. I never thought the black motherboard and video card would look so good covered in green light
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No one uses a hack saw these days? lol
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No one uses a hack saw these days? lol

No, In fact I only touch a hand tool anymore if I can't figure out a way to do it on a 3 axis cnc router. Beautiful technology, keeps me comfortable in my chair whilst I watch it do a better job than I could have ever done by hand.
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No one uses a hack saw these days? lol

thats not a bad idea.. if i can get one that will fit into the space available... I use hand tools all day.. I am an I&E tech and work in a chemical plant.. so I have many many hand tools.. but not a hacksaw lol

I may try that before I spend the money on a dremel or some other power tool..
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