Advise on motherboard purchase

Doug dmcgarrett at
Sat Oct 2 02:41:30 UTC 2010

On 10/1/2010 8:30 PM, Roy Smith wrote:
> On Fri, 01 Oct 2010 18:48:52 -0400, Doug wrote:
>> BTW:  It's not so easy to make neat rectangular holes in a plastic
>> panel.  If I were doing it again, I think I'd find a thin piece of sheet
>> metal to mount the connectors, then make a big ugly rectangular hole in
>> the plastic false front, and rivet or bolt the neat sheet metal piece to
>> the cut-out plastic.  Quicker and less hassle.  Of course, if your front
>> panel has some unoccupied flat metal space, you could mount the
>> connectors there.
>> To make neat rectangular holes in sheet metal, use an Adel™ nibbling
>> tool.  Drill a starting hole in the middle of the workspace to fit the
>> nibbler in, and then make the nice rectangular hole.
> Have you tried using a Dremel tool to make the rectangular hole in
> plastic?  They have a variety of cutting wheels that one could use on
> plastic.
AAMOF, I did try a tool very similar to a Dremel, with lackluster 
results. The plastic tends to sort of melt, and clogs the tools.
No matter what you do, you wind up cutting by hand and filing a lot.

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