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I need to tap my own holes for mobo standoffs. What exactly will I need, and how much will it cost?
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post #2 of 9
You need a set of M3x0.5 taps, available from McMasters. IDK about the price, let me browse.

You need three taps... one to start, one to finish, and another to finalize.

Parts number

8305A12
8305A32
8305A52

You can also get these in black oxide or Ti coated finish... not very useful for SECC steel or alum cases are typically made from. Those are the cheapest anyways. Hope that helps.
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post #3 of 9
tap and drill kits with sizes 6-32 (for mobo standoff) are inexpensive
mcmaster is the move

I got a Hanson kit from mcmaster with 6 taps and drill bits from 4-40 and up
perfect for pc modding
dont forget the small tin of general purpose Tap Magic fluid
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post #4 of 9
As CR said, you need a 6-32 tap and the correct sized drill bit. If you're going to tap metal then you'll also need to get some cutting oil; but for plastic/acrylic I recommend using a bit of water as the oil could have adverse effects on the acrylic.

Also, do not try to run the tap straight through; the best is to run it in 1-1.5 turns then back it out again then run it in 1-1.5 turns past the previous point, etc. This helps keep the tap clean and significantly reduces the chances of the tap binding and/or breaking.
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post #5 of 9
6/32? That's the drive bay screws, right?

I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure it's M3.
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post #6 of 9
depends on the device
hdd's use a 6-32 threaded screw
standoffs have 6-32 threaded shaft, and the female side is also 6-32, unless its lian li, then your in metrics
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post #7 of 9
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I got a tap handle, matching tap and drill, and some 3-in-1 oil for 13 bucks at Home Depot.
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post #8 of 9
sounds like a plan, use the 3-1 oil as sparingly as possible
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sounds like a plan, use the 3-1 oil as sparingly as possible
Thanks for the tip, rep's handed out.
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