Originally Posted by Nichismo
im trying to mount two Bitspower 250mm DDC pump/reservoir combos to the wall of SM8, side by side, facing the opposite side wall of the chassis, so that calls for 8 holes total (2 each for EK DDC UNI mount/holder, 2 each for Bitspower Res clamps). In addition, I need to drill two 20mm holes above the tops of the reservoirs for Bitspower fillports/panel fittings. I also have M3 and M4 threaded nylon spacers I intend to use as I want partial cable clearance as the 24 pin ATX may run a tad underneath one of the units.
Obviously absolute precision measurements is a must, and ive never drilled before on anything ever, so I ended up just buying a tabletop drill press (albeit a cheap one). I also bought several clamps, filers, masking tape, a dremel and some accessories, and a step-drill bit that goes up to 3/4".
now ive heard that for the Bitspower fill ports, I should perhaps start with a 15mm hole and then file up to the 20mm size to be safe. Also, do I need to worry about getting a center punch or anything? I literally bouight the drill press for this one project, I already feel im being paranoid and perhaps going a lil overboard.
But still, any suggestions and tips are GREATLY appreciated, i could really use any insight or precautions before doing this. Ive never really been experienced with handiwork and craftsmanship (oddly, as im pretty good with my hands and dexterity however).
This is how I do it.
First, assemble your case and then do a visualization with the reservoirs inside the case. This doesn't have to be perfect, but you should be able to envision the mobo in there and any other hardware so that your reservoirs aren't getting in the way.
Now then, take frog tape (it's green, get it at home depot) and apply it to the panel you'll be drilling on. This is not only used as a marking template, but also prevents scratches to the area and leaves no residue.
Take your reservoirs and situate them on the panel over the frog tape. Make sure they are level. Take a pen and make an outline of the brackets and the holes in the brackets.
Take a center punch to the hole points. Yes, a center punch is necessary. I bought an automatic one from home depot a few years ago for like 12 bucks.
Get your drill bits out and find one that fits perfectly into the hole of the mounting bracket. It should slide in and out very easily, no resistance, yet still touch or almost touch the walls of the hole in the bracket.
Drill. The center punch made a divet (if you punched it enough) so that your bit doesn't wander at all. Use a bit of force behind your drill to ensure it stays in place drilling. After you're through, drill in and out of the holes a couple of times from either side, this will deburr the hole and and allow for screws to go in seamlessly.
Removed the frog tape. Mount your reservoirs. Dance. Dance like you're dancing for your people!
This should take you all of 15 minutes with a hand drill. I have an old (15 years!) Dewalt 14.4v drill that smokes their new 18v drills. They just don't make em like they used to.