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i wanted to cut out a hole on my side panel for my build log and decided to practice using a hp compaq side panel. I bought "steel cutting disks" and they would not cut, i believe this is where the issue is but im not sure. after all the issues it would hardly scratch the case. this was the end result:
post #2 of 12
Well I did quite a bit of cutting on my Lian Li case but that was aluminum. I can tell you this, it took quite a few disks and lots of patience. I see a cut started. Did you burn through a disk just doing that?
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post #3 of 12
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Thank you for the response, but yes, i did. its not really the start of a cut all it did was scratch the paint off it and just scratch the metal a little bit. Tonight i will probably order higher quality disks with bigger teeth and see if that was my issue.
post #4 of 12
Bigger teeth is not the solution. Are you using an actual saw blade or the stone cutoff wheels? I used the stone ones and also ones that looked to be reinforced with fiberglass or something. It's dusty but they work well. If you are using some sort of a metal blade I can see that being difficult.
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post #5 of 12
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i was using a saw blade. ill try a stone cutoff wheel. Should i buy multiple? if so how many?

im sorry for the questions its just this is my first case mod.
post #6 of 12
A rotatory tool with correct disks should be able to plow right through a generic PC side panel without any problem. What is your tool exactly?
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post #7 of 12
Oh yeah, buy the pack that has 10 or 20. You will burn through them, but the cut will be so much nicer. Take your time! Otherwise you will create too much heat and/or break the wheels prematurely.
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post #8 of 12
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thank you Cavey i appreciate it
and swishamane the tool im using is this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-249765-Multi-Function-Rotary-Tool/dp/B000OODN8S/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1455563066&sr=8-6&keywords=rotary+tool with disks of the same brand. I am aware id probably be better off with a more expensive one but i am a college student and probably wont use it that much
post #9 of 12
That should be plenty to do the job... Are you putting pressure on the wheel trying to keep it from bouncing? You should be able to cut in and thru the metal, then once through, just start "walking" right through the material down your line. From my experience, you should be walking it from left to right. This will be the path of least resistance.
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256GB Samsung 840 Pro 1TB WD Black LG dvd+r Custom water loop 
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post #10 of 12
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I did put a bit of pressure on to stop it from bouncing but all it did was scratch. i really do think it was the disks. /thank you for the advice to go left to right. From your experience do you think id be much better off painting it after doing that. Because i am waiting for new disks to be delivered but if it's sunny tomorrow i want to get started with painting and i live in wales so sun is something i dont get much
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