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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 06:14 AM - Thread Starter
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So I'm about to enter the next phase of my PC skill set. Aluminum brazing. Compliments to Caselabs for thinking it would be ok to drill holes in my STH10 with the comfort of knowing I'd be able to buy a replacement part in the future. Learning that JB weld might be good for the small holes but isn't up to the standard of filling in the holes I drilled for tubing. Fortunately my recent change in marital status allows me as much time as I need to master aluminum repair. I'd love to hear from anyone with experience and welcome all constructive comments.

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Repairing holes in aluminum will be very tough. Considering that aluminum is one of the materials that dos not adhesive other material easy, that includes paints it will hold things in place but will not be strong by any means and you can't weld it like you would weld steal.

Anything that you would use to patch that hole will be held only by the inner walls of the hole and once you sanded to make it nice flash surface anything might knock that repair area off. This is going to be tough one.

I am always ready to try new things but I'm scratching my head to try figure out how this could be accomplished without wasting time and making big mess, I would love to know when you come up with something solid.
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Repairing holes in aluminum will be very tough. Considering that aluminum is one of the materials that dos not adhesive other material easy, that includes paints it will hold things in place but will not be strong by any means and you can't weld it like you would weld steal.

Anything that you would use to patch that hole will be held only by the inner walls of the hole and once you sanded to make it nice flash surface anything might knock that repair area off. This is going to be tough one.

I am always ready to try new things but I'm scratching my head to try figure out how this could be accomplished without wasting time and making big mess, I would love to know when you come up with something solid.
This is what I had in mind. I've been watching a bunch of youtube videos for this product.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...EWXNCDXH&psc=1

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Nice findings, this might do the trick. I think if you plan each move carefully and take your time you might pull that off with good final results
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Nice findings, this might do the trick. I think if you plan each move carefully and take your time you might pull that off with good final results
Keep us posted
I have nothing if not time. I inherited my X's laptop which was much faster, and newer, then my old Thinkpad. So I'm not rushing to get this build back online. I intend on going to a dual loop system so I need a few months to afford all the additional hardware. Worse case I'll cut a section from a spare part and use it to patch the bigger holes using this product to secure it. I finished a couple smaller pieces using JB Weld from application to painting, and wasn't overly impressed with the final outcome. It would be nice if a new vendor would hurry up and fill the void left by Caselabs. Prior to my STH10, I spent tons of wasted dollars on Silverstone, Corsair, Lian Li, and CoolerMaster flagship cases.

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