Project Sinister: Things That Go Bump In The Night - Is Sinister Destined for Scrap Pile?
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The action of the hinge was, as expected, causing a slight distortion to the rear of the chassis. While not entirely satisfied with that, it was a minor issue and I was confident that the chassis would hold. However, this wasnít the bigger problem.
When the panel opened and closed it was rather wobbly and had a tendency to lean the whole tower to the left when it was open. This was not acceptable. Thereís no sense in making a modded component that wasnít going to work right, and that lean and wobble were unacceptable. However, with having already cut the side panel and notched the chassis I was committed to this plan and would have to come up with a plan to make it work.
I installed another hinge to strengthen the panel at the bottom, and while this did resolve the unbalanced nature of the panel, it created a bigger problem. Since the case is made from low grade steel, the side panels were not of the greatest strength. While this factor makes little or no difference, usually it does when youíre installing hinges to open and close the panel with. The hinges I was using were pretty strong ones and required a little bit of muscle to open and close. I wanted that control over the hinges so that the panel wouldnít swing closed when Iím trying to install the motherboard or any other components. However, because of these hinges and the low grade steel, I now had a bigger problem in that the panel was bending where the hinges attach whenever I tried to open the case.
This was going to take some thinking to figure out a suitable solution to the problem. This was not an auspicious moment in modding this side panel. I have a couple of options that invariably included strengthening the side panel by reinforcing it. However, I didnít want to reinforce it in such a way that it wouldnít look good when the panel was open. The interior of the mod was as important to me as the exterior, and I really want this to work. However, if I canít do it Iím going to have to scrap the whole project.
Project Sinister is certainly proving to be a sinister piece of work.
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