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A quick update.
While the paint dries on the metal corners I've been taking care of a few odds and ends.

I picked up some hardware to mount the radiator and exhaust fans but they'll need to be cut to size.
My father in law let me in on a quick and easy way to do it with wire strippers that I'd never realized you could do before heh. I usually see people cut screws with a dremel or hacksaw and file them down. I did the same at first and ended up with a couple screws that were to short real fast and he just happened to be around atm to help out with this. So I thought I'd show and tell real quick while we're in between coats of paint.

As many times as I've used these I can't believe I never noticed the M3, M4, M5 holes and so on in the center are threaded screw cutters...
That would explain why these come in metric and standard... lol


Thread it in there like so and measure from the back of the threaded side to the head and...


Squeeze until it pops. The handle is so crummy on these that you can only do about 4-5 before it starts to get really painful. It's worth it though..


They do cut at a slight angle but when you screw it out of the strippers it cleans the threads right up.


Grabbed these to mount the hdd's. Rubber washers will go between the hd's/screw heads and the blocks.


What a pita. Even with the rear holes slotted a bit to allow for some adjustment.
This made me reaaaaaaaly appreciate the lip on either side of a hd cage for ease of mounting.




Came up with the easiest solution for the gap here.
Nipped an inch off the end of this yard stick. Drilled a hole at each end and one in the center to screw it into the lid.
Just needs a little paint!


Until next time space cowboys.
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sweet looking HDD cage!
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post #84 of 287
rubber washers? it is mounted to wood, cant vibrate much can it?

Either way great updates build is looking amazing.
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sweet looking HDD cage!
Thanks! I nearly made it toooo big. There is less than a cm of space between it and the tabletop.


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rubber washers? it is mounted to wood, cant vibrate much can it?

Either way great updates build is looking amazing.
I doubt it would have been an problem but I figured better safe than sorry. As hard as they were to mount I'm glad i did just because I'd hate to do it again if there was an issue.

The "great updates build" heh. Thanks again for the kind words.
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Thanks! I nearly made it toooo big. There is less than a cm of space between it and the tabletop.




I doubt it would have been an problem but I figured better safe than sorry. As hard as they were to mount I'm glad i did just because I'd hate to do it again if there was an issue.

The "great updates build" heh. Thanks again for the kind words.
Ya better safe then sorry, I agree it is better to overdue something once then to have to go back and go it again.

great update on the build lol I think I feel asleep after writing that.... laptop + bed = bad grammars
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Haha I hear ya. I sat and proofread that last update for 45 minutes before I fell asleep last night.
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A few more things I got marked off the list in between coats of paint.

While disassembling the unit to stain I ran into a small problem. The first screw I started to back out of the monitor mounts snapped off at the head. I should have seen this coming. The doug fir was still a bit wet and a pain to drill into. So after an hour of drilling out the broken screw and finding a suitable replacement I decided to not remove the mounts... ever.


With a touch of flat black.
I used Krylon on these and honestly I hate the stuff. Same paint I used on the dvd drive. I thought I did a pretty damn good job painting it and still... I accidently scratched the crap out of it when I farted near it in passing....


Got a few more things. Again pardon the poor pics. It was a little more overcast today than I realized.
I didn't want to go with anything overly eye catching when it came to grills. I think the lines and rounded ends will flow nicely with it overall.


Hate dust... but whats worse.. 300 days of rain a year in Portland or the dust? Gogo high desert! I love no rain! I love dust!


120mm filters but they are an odd size.. that or the grill. These come with a sticky sided shroud for nonferrous surfaces that I'll trim a bit to fit over the screw heads. Hopefully that and the low profile heads on the screws I got will make them look nice when they're stuck on that grill.


Needed these baaad for the G9. A few years of playing on the old tabletop had the original pads shot.


Should have just save the $20 and stuck with staples and the molex tool that came with my pump. Not that I've broken anything. I just end up having to use staples in the end 90% of the time...




Really? Would it have taken away from my build to buy presleeved? lol
Tell me all the other sleeving will actually be fun. Please?

Edited by sprower - 4/21/11 at 9:18pm
post #89 of 287
a few questions ...

where did you get the grill at?
I have that same tool kit for sleeving but have not got to use it yet, does it not work that well at all? would the tool that Nils sales on MDPC work way better?

got a picture of you using a staple? kinda curious how that goes haha

super clean heatshrink cuts!!
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post #90 of 287
Nice project. Everything is looks very neat and well done.
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