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Old 01-09-05, 10:35 PM Thread Starter   #1
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what material is best to use with ducting?


And where can i buy them, the duct i saw online is cool, but it cost 20 bucks, i think i can make 1 for much cheaper, i was thinking of paper, but that's not really good material for cooling air, how about aluminum (silver) paper (some call it foil paper i think) it's the type that people uses to bake stuff, i can warp it outside of hard paper, and it should be ok rite?

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Old 01-09-05, 11:45 PM Thread Starter   #2
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BTW: what kindda material is foil paper?

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Old 01-09-05, 11:53 PM   #3
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Check out this Link. "Case and Videocard Airflow Coolng Mods" by our own Bill Leggitt. He used Plexiglass, and I think project board is also good for ducting. Seems like I remember bill using project board during the initial design phase of his ducting project. You can get it at craft and hobby stores, prolly Walmart too. I dont think Aluminum or metallic materials would be a very good idea since they are conductive and may cause a short and/or damage to components.

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Old 01-09-05, 11:59 PM   #4
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Go to home depo, and buy some "Acrylic safty glazing" its like plexi, but its got a blueish tint. You can get a 18 x 24 sheet for $5. I am currently building my own duct out of it and its working great
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Old 01-10-05, 12:10 AM   #5
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I used a peace of down pipe (like the pipe that comes down off the roof for the water to flow ;-)
I also used a air vent pipe out of a totaled Mazda 626 for my video cards ducting.
CAI ducting mod.
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Old 01-10-05, 01:55 AM Thread Starter   #6
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it's late at night and i'm tired, i saw something real good and practical, i'll post it up tomorrow and i'll also draw out my duct, i need to go pick up a dremel too, as well as matterials for the duct lol, none of my stuff comes home yet, UPS should work on the weekend, i order a ton of stuff over the weekend, it'll be here by like wednesday.

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Old 01-10-05, 02:12 AM Thread Starter   #7
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can a dremel cut pixel glass good?

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can a dremel cut plexiglass good?
No, a dremel is too high of a speed and cuts with abrasion. Friction and plastic do not mix.

With a limited set of tools I can't recommend anything other than project board. You can buy it from hobby or arts and crafts stores. May also be under foam board.

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What about a lower speed setting on the dremel, coupled with running water over the place one is cutting?

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I've cut plexi with a dremel. It sends burning chunks of molten plastic everywhere. One piece actually hit my eye. That was painful. It worked on a slow speed without many problems, but it takes a long time. Also- the areas where you cut tend to fog up permanently (im guessing because of the heat).

And water + electric dremel = bad. The water will climb up the shaft and we all know that water and electricity doesn't mix .
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Old 01-10-05, 10:14 AM Thread Starter   #11
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so what do people use to cut pixel glass?

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for straight cuts i actually use a table saw with a medium fine blade, hasnt cracked or broken a piece yet.
but i am asuming you dont have a table saw so you might try something like a jigsaw or even a hacksaw might work but i have never tried it myself.

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for straight cuts i actually use a table saw with a medium fine blade, hasnt cracked or broken a piece yet.
but i am asuming you dont have a table saw so you might try something like a jigsaw or even a hacksaw might work but i have never tried it myself.

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Good advice and what i generally use. The only tool better than a table saw for cutting plastic is a band saw. But those are expensive (for one that will actually work).

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Isn't plexiglass kind of expensive, though?
I always use foamboard, personally
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Old 01-12-05, 12:47 AM   #15
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You dont have to get actual plexiglass. Home depo has lots of stuff like plexi for like $5 for 6 square feet. What i use to cut plexi is an exacto knofe, and a lighter. WHat you do is use the knife to cut about 3/4 the way through. then move the lighter up and down the part you just cut to heat it up, and slowly bend it. It works great for suare ducting
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You dont have to get actual plexiglass. Home depo has lots of stuff like plexi for like $5 for 6 square feet. What i use to cut plexi is an exacto knofe, and a lighter. WHat you do is use the knife to cut about 3/4 the way through. then move the lighter up and down the part you just cut to heat it up, and slowly bend it. It works great for suare ducting

is there a different size? cuzz the window is not gonna be square and that big i hope they cut to the size you can use.

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