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Hi there, I've already asked this in the Case Labs owner's thread before but I didn't quite get the answers I was looking for.

I was wondering how the pedestals for the SM8 actually mount to the main chassis of the case. I can see from various build log photos that bottom pedestals mount to each other/to the case using a screw in each corner, in the center of where the holes for the casters are, but how are pedestals mounted to the top of the case?
I'm asking because I'm liking the idea of having each of the pedestals as modular sections that can be removed from the main case with a few quick disconnects (the new design of the koolance QD3/4's would make this a breeze) and thumbscrews, which I can then easily carry/throw in the car as lighter separate pieces for lans.

I've already looked at the Merlin assembly guide and the Accessories guide, but I've yet to find any actual instructions on how to mount the pedestals. I'd really appreciate it if someone could take the time to take a few photos of the pedestal screw/mount locations for me!

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On the SM8/ST10 Merlin cases, a pedestal can be mounted on top. The procedure is a little different though. Basically, you swap the pedestal top with the chassis top and attach it to the frame with the four screws. That allows the top cover to be attached normally. One problem with a build to order system, is that we have no finished cases to take pictures of. I'll mention it to Kevin though, because it woudl be a good thing to to to the assembly guide. Thanks!
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Thanks, from looking at Mandrix's build log photos it did look like the tops were interchanged but I couldn't be certain.
And it certainly would be nice to see a full pedestal assembly guide, or at least a few pictures of which screw holes are used to mount the pedestals.

Thanks for the help, as soon as I have the cash you can expect another order from Aussieland
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If you are mounting the case on the pedestal, you will see the holes in the bottom corners of the case lining up, no problem. I think this screw size is #10-32, in any event the thickest screws provided with the pedestal kit.
If you are mounting a pedestal on top, you have to remove the case top and put it on top of the pedestal. The bottom cover on the pedestal remains in place regardless of which way you go.

When mounting a pedestal on top of the case, the 4 perimeter holes at the front and rear of the case are used to secure the pedestal to the case. This requires the #6-32 screws to be screwed through the case ends up into the pedestal bottom.
You could use the thumbscrews that Case Labs provides in generous amounts, or any #6-32 thread screw long enough.

Hope this helps.
 

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That does help, but from the looks of it that also means the upper side of the motherboard divider is no longer screwed into anything, is that right?

I thought you swap the pedestal and case tops, so the pedestal top becomes the new case roof and vice-versa. Then the motherboard divider has something to screw into at the top and while the top pedestal can be attached in the same four locations as the bottom pedestal. (as opposed to the perimeter holes at the very front and back)
 

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Were you thinking that the pedestal itself has a "top"? There are only 7 pieces to the pedestal, excluding flex bay & front trim pieces. The bottom and top frames, front and rear sections, the bottom, & the two side covers.
If the pedestal is mounted directly under the case, the case bottom serves as the bulkhead between the case and pedestal. If the pedestal is mounted directly on top the case, the case top is removed and mounted to the top of the pedestal, and the pedestal bottom serves as the bulkhead between the pedestal and case.

Look through my build log and you can probably get a better idea.
 

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Ah, right, now I see what you are talking about Mandrix. I do mean the frame pieces, not the actual roof piece that clips onto the top of the case.

So when you attach the SM8 top frame to the pedestal, you remove the top frame of the pedestal and replace it with SM8's top frame, correct?

And if so, then can't the top frame of the pedestal be mounted onto the top of the actual SM8 case itself? It also looks like the holes along the side of those frames line up with the motherboard divider holes, so you could secure the divider to the frame and then effectively mount the top pedestal in the same way that you have your two bottom pedestals secured together

Just to clarify when I was saying case roof/frame I mean the piece indicated by the red arrow, and when I'm talking about the pedestal roof/frame I mean that indicated by the green arrow:
 

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Yes,the case frame top will take the place of the top frame on the pedestal.

The clip on case top will mount as it normally would, on top of the case frame.

Do you actually have an SM8/pedestal? If so then it ought to be apparent.
 
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