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post #1 of 11
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Hey guys,

For my tech station I'm looking for some parts that are basically a L-bracket to mount a fan (vertically) off of a horizontal surface (the platform the motherboard sits on). I figure this has to be a common part, but I've got no idea what it would be called so finding it is proving more difficult than I expected.

Any advice?
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post #2 of 11
They are generally referred to as angle brackets; but a lot of sites (especially McMaster-Carr) will provide the same hits for L-bracket as tey do for angle brackets.
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post #3 of 11
Ace hardware FTW. They will be hanging on the same shelf as cup hooks and door hinges.
You can even get them in a fancy brass finish.
post #4 of 11
yep L brackets in any hw store, about 75 cents a piece
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^^ What they said
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post #6 of 11
lowes, home depot or ace. ask for angle iron its all located in the same place. they have aluminum steel brass. hope this helps.
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by jacksknight View Post
ask for angle iron
Angle Iron is actually angled bar stock (bent along the length of the stock); the angle brackets are the ones that are pre-drilled.

Just about any hardware store will carry various sizes of angle brackets.
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by radodrill View Post
Angle Iron is actually angled bar stock (bent along the length of the stock); the angle brackets are the ones that are pre-drilled.

Just about any hardware store will carry various sizes of angle brackets.
Ummm yeah it is, so you can get aluminum to make some nice brackets, instead of using crappy little L brackets. Cut to lenght and drill a few little holes will look sweet, and it would take primer and paint like a champ.
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post #9 of 11
What I did was get a U-chanel from Ace Hardware that was wide enough for my 120x20mm fan + rubber spacer. Then drilled through both 'front' & 'back' and bolted through. This way it's held better than just a L-bracket and some vibration reduction.
Simply cut the U-Chanel (in alum. I might add) to the right length to grab two or three of the E-atx mount holes (if your case has them) or drill through the base and bolt it down in two places.

I found when just using L-brackets the higher rpm fans would wiggle and buzz so I went with this system.

Good luck.
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post #10 of 11
Have you seen the chop stick fan stand? It's the coolest. Just jam 4 chopsticks in the fan and set it over the area you want to cool. Trim to length if needed.


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