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Unread 26-06-2008, 08:46 AM   #1
Grinder
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Epoxiputty?

I have a front panel for a PC that has broken. It's normally secured to
the metal chassis by driving screws from within the chassis into 3/4"
plastic posts that attach to the very front face of the front panel.
Two of those posts have been sheared off at their base.

I've superglued them, but I know that won't hold against any shearing
force, which they're bound to receive. Is there some product I can glob
onto the base of the posts to secure them?

That epoxiputty stuff sort of looks useful, but the only application I'm
reserving for that is to make a suppository for Billy Mays.

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Unread 26-06-2008, 08:46 AM   #2
John McGaw
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Re: Epoxiputty?

Grinder wrote:
> I have a front panel for a PC that has broken. It's normally secured to
> the metal chassis by driving screws from within the chassis into 3/4"
> plastic posts that attach to the very front face of the front panel. Two
> of those posts have been sheared off at their base.
>
> I've superglued them, but I know that won't hold against any shearing
> force, which they're bound to receive. Is there some product I can glob
> onto the base of the posts to secure them?
>
> That epoxiputty stuff sort of looks useful, but the only application I'm
> reserving for that is to make a suppository for Billy Mays.


I suspect that the plastic for most inexpensive case parts is plain old
styrene -- the same stuff that was used for plastic model planes and such.
As such, some of the cement that is used for plastic model construction
might well be a candidate. It does not so much glue the pieces together as
it does dissolve the surfaces allowing them to fuse together.

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John McGaw
[Knoxville, TN, USA]
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Unread 26-06-2008, 08:47 AM   #3
Ken Maltby
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"Grinder" <grinder@no.spam.maam.com> wrote in message
news:kZf8k.224389$yE1.124586@attbi_s21...
>I have a front panel for a PC that has broken. It's normally secured to
>the metal chassis by driving screws from within the chassis into 3/4"
>plastic posts that attach to the very front face of the front panel. Two of
>those posts have been sheared off at their base.
>
> I've superglued them, but I know that won't hold against any shearing
> force, which they're bound to receive. Is there some product I can glob
> onto the base of the posts to secure them?
>
> That epoxiputty stuff sort of looks useful, but the only application I'm
> reserving for that is to make a suppository for Billy Mays.


I was using Epoxy Putty long before Billy Mays ever heard of it.

I use some of it to adapt the one inch intake of a pump to the 1/2"
NPT PVC fittings I use for water cooling the computers in two back
bedrooms. I have used it to make custom waterblocks. It comes in
handy for green sand casting pattern adjustments/build ups.

I would just replace the original posts, with a couple of gobs of the
epoxy putty formed into posts with a little more substantial base.
***** some wood screws in and out a few times while it is curing.

Or get a dowel the size of a machine ***** you would want to use,
then loosely mount a matching nut on the dowel. Form the epoxy putty
gob over the dowel and nut. (Make sure the dowel can turn freely)
Put some waxed paper up to the mounting holes on your case and
press the part of the dowels sticking out through the waxed paper.
Now you just press fit everything together as you want it. Once it has
cured up a bit remove the dowels.

If the tubes Billy is selling are the same size as the ones I usually get,
then that isn't a bad price. (Which probably means I've been paying
too much.)

Luck;
Ken



 
Unread 26-06-2008, 08:47 AM   #4
Grinder
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Grinder wrote:
> I have a front panel for a PC that has broken. It's normally secured to
> the metal chassis by driving screws from within the chassis into 3/4"
> plastic posts that attach to the very front face of the front panel. Two
> of those posts have been sheared off at their base.
>
> I've superglued them, but I know that won't hold against any shearing
> force, which they're bound to receive. Is there some product I can glob
> onto the base of the posts to secure them?
>
> That epoxiputty stuff sort of looks useful, but the only application I'm
> reserving for that is to make a suppository for Billy Mays.


I ended up using an epoxy from the makers of J-B weld. The posts were
in good shape, other than being snapped off at the base. Since they
were very close to the sides of the front panel, I was able to glob a
fair amount of epoxy in there as well.

Thanks for the comments--especially Ken. I had pretty much assumed that
putty was a gimmick, but might try it now.

http://paint-and-supplies.hardwarest...ge-140913.aspx

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