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post #401 of 512 (permalink) Old 11-21-2014, 02:11 PM - Thread Starter
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59. Finishing the PSU Cover

Sat down over lunch and finished the PSU cover. It came out almost as nice as I wanted. You'll see what I mean.

First I trimmed the logo plate down a bit, so it would fit better:



Also trimmed the white backing a bit:



Took the test PSU cover, and flattened it out to use as a template:



One mistake I made last time was putting the cuts on the outside. This time I corrected that.



One slice, then a couple of angle cuts to remove some material from the inside of the fold:



And the resulting corner looks quite nice:

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Finished all the corner cuts:



And looking pretty good so far:



Unfolded and marked the location for the logo so I could cut out a window there:



Cut the window out and folded it back up, and used hot glue to hold the folds. NOTE: I should not have done this yet. What I should have done is apply the vinyl while it was unfolded, then fold and glue it. You'll see why in a bit.



Looks quite nice I think:



And to apply the vinyl:



The finished vinyl:



Placing the logo on the front and the diffuser on the inside:



And let's see how it looks backlit from below:



Quite nice.

And a final shot with the side-panel on:

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Now the problem, if you look closely at the PSU cover, is the seam between the sloped part and the front side. What I should have done was put the vinyl on first, folded it over, then mated that edge. Instead I tried to wrap it and trim the excess off there. I just can't get a clean enough cut there to be satisfied, frankly. The second problem is, the LED puck I'm using inside there is too thick, and I can't quite get the side panel back on the way it's supposed to go. I'll need to custom make a smaller LED backlight for that to get it right.

Also, I may end up taking the logo plate off and insetting it into the PSU cover instead of having it surface mount What do you think?
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Thank you kindly. Next post will be my first toying with sleeving. Here's a few teaser shots:

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Nice work buddy. I'm definatly going to have to make me one of those nifty paracord tools. I've already got a couple ideas. Always love to see your progress.


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60. My First Attempts at Sleeving.

I have no idea what I'm doing, but that never stopped me before...

Got two more batches of paracord in:

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This stuff is an imperial red/black stripe. Really gorgeous.

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The other two colors I don't think I'll use:

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So after doing a bit of culling, these are the colors I might use:



And here's the PSU. An older Corsair HX520 with 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and 4-pin CPU permanent wires and the rest modular.



Let's void a warranty!

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Case off, and clipping the zip-tie that holds the PSU fan cable bundled with the other wires.

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And clipping the zip-tie that holds the wire bundle in place at the PSU grommet:

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And let's work on the other end of the 24-pin cable. First to cut the heat-shrink away:

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And then cut the zip-tie:

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Now, I could have, at this point, just cut the old mesh sleeving off, but I really wanted to save it, because I may end up using it somewhere else. Unfortunately, it won't open wide enough to slip over the 24-pin connector. So what I opted to do was unpin one wire at a time, slip it out of the mesh, and then repin it outside the mesh sleeving so I don't lose track of pin order.

The second problem I ran into is that I have a pin removal tool for molex, but turns out it's much too large to fit inside the 24-pin connector. First I tried two clothing pins, but the round shape didn't work. I remembered seeing here that people used flattened staples, so I grabbed a couple heavy-duty ones from the workshop and flattened them.

Unfortunately, turned out two of those were too thick. I could get one in on one side, but the other wouldn't fit.

So then I switched to two office staples. Opposite problem. One of those was too small and too flimsy to do the job on a side.

In the end, after much fiddling and cursing, I figured out this would work:

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One heavy-duty staple on one side, and two office-staples on the other did the trick with a bit of effort. My first ever unpinned wire! That's some kind of milestone, right? wink.gif

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FREEDOM!

Now for the nifty sleeving tool.

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I tell you, this thing is a dream to use. The pin fits firmly in one end, and the rod tapers slightly toward a rounded end. It's got enough length that you can "inchworm" the sleeving over it fairly quickly and zero snagging.



First bit of paracord on! Now I know what you may be thinking. "Jhereg, dude, you didn't put the heat-shrink on first!" And you'd be right. I was planning on just slipping some of the paracord on as my first few attempts, just to get a feel for the colors and such before I jump in and do the final sleeving. I still haven't decided the color and pattern yet!

So I did two more. Being careful to remember the wire order at the connector.

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Man those look nice together. And that lighter accent color on the black is actually reflective, which you can see here when I put it slightly in shadow:

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Let's see what they look like against the case colors:

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Oh yeah baby, that's going to look niccccceeee....

Here's where I need some advice.

Will it be too busy to use ALL THREE of those in my pattern? Or should I choose only TWO of them?

I'm thinking using the black w/ reflective as the base color (which is why I bought more of it) and then do accents with the red hatched for smaller bundles and add the red/black striped for larger bundles. I'd appreciate any feedback on that.

Example, for the 24-pin, I was thinking maybe:



Verdict: I think it's too busy. Maybe a plain black for the base color instead of the reflective strip black?
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Imo the last one or just black and one of the others...

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