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    found a good case at home depot & need help

    I found this at home depot today. It's a 10" x 10" x 4" electrical junction box for about $25 cdn. standard components fit really nice but need help (see following posts).
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    Great idea! hmm winter project for me thanks!
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    here's the preliminary layout, nothing is permanent yet.
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    everything fits nice and snug, height-wise. look how the hdd and psu are exactly flush with the lid that fits over top (it fits good but getting a rubber bushing/washer in there will be very tight).
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    need help with home depot case

    Now this is where I need help - I plan to tap the bottom and put motherboard on standoffs (easy). the fuse block on the left side , same thing but on the side not the bottom. Anyone out there have suggestions on how to secure the PSU and HDD with out having bolts sticking out on the outside of the case? If it has to be done, so be it, but would rather not. also I don't want to mount the hdd to the lid because I plan to dremel a picture (chevy logo maybe?) into the top and mount plexiglass right below and light up the insides.

    The big question is how do I mount the HDD and PSU to the case when there is no room for standoffs? Please help if you can!!
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    make brackets and JB Weld it, or if you chooses, JB Weld the components permanently in place (not recommended).

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    I read someone elses post on another thread and it sounds like an excellent idea. Drill the holes, and install the standoffs upside down using a motherboard screw to hold them to the case. You will then have the threaded ends pointing up...slide the mobo on them and use nuts to secure it. Should work great. I wouldnt tap the case. Just my $.01
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    ok, so some right angle brackets jb-welded to the bottom of the case and a hole drilled in the bracket at the same height as the hdd screw hole. that's a good idea.

    How much contact with the case do you think jb weld would require? the bracket would lay under the motherboard and the steel bracket would be a little too close for comfort to the bottom the mobo. if it could be minimized to half inch that would make me feel alot better about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gospeed.racer
    slide the mobo on them and use nuts to secure it. Should work great. I wouldnt tap the case. Just my $.01
    why wouldn't you tap the case? not enough threads in that thin steel to hold it?
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    2 Reasons, one is personal preference..to me having threads hang out of the bottom of a case looks kinda cheesy and unfinished. The other is that there isnt much thickness for the threading even if punched. Plus its very easy to do it the way I described...Easier+cleaner= my choice
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