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Make your own fan stand! (illustrations included)

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Crazy Jayhawk

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Hutchinson, KS
Got an extra fan lying around that you just can't seem to fit anywhere? Need to get some airflow into a part of the case that's hard to reach? Well, this might help you.

Also, the number of images I can put in is limited, so just click the links to see the rest of the pictures.

parts.jpg


Parts required:
1 fan.
4 machine screws. I used 3" #6 screws, but you can use a different size depending on the fan.
4 nuts.
8 wing nuts.
8 beveled rubber faucet washers. If you can't get 8 identical ones, try to get two sets of four.

feet1.jpg


Step 1

Place one faucet washer on each machine screw, with the flat side toward the head of the screw. Next, secure them in place with one nut on each screw. This keeps the washer from sliding up the screw.

http://people.eecs.ku.edu/~andere/fan/feet2.jpg

Step 2

Glue a faucet washer to the bottom of each of the ones you fastened in step 1. I used a hot glue gun, mostly because it's cheap and the glue dries fast. Plus, it doesn't really have to take a lot of strain to do the job.

http://people.eecs.ku.edu/~andere/fan/feet3.jpg

Step 3

Put one wing nut on each screw with the wings pointed toward the screw head.

http://people.eecs.ku.edu/~andere/fan/stand.jpg http://people.eecs.ku.edu/~andere/fan/tilt.jpg

Step 4

Use the remaining wing nuts to fasten the screws to the fan. These pictures show that there are several ways to do this. The second picture shows how to get the maximum angle on the fan.

The wing nuts allow for easy hand adjustment of the height of the support legs for making the fan level or to prevent it from wobbling. The faucet washers prevent the fan from skidding across the bottom of the case and also deaden vibration.

For people who run the website: If you want to post this, go right ahead. I'll provide any additional information you may require.
 
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Monaco

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Denver, Colorado
Pretty clean job on those bolts, Crazy Jayhawk. Any word on how this affects temps? Where do you put it in your case?

Looks like a nearly-free AGPAirlift!
 
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Crazy Jayhawk

Crazy Jayhawk

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Monster of Rock (Aug 04, 2001 06:56 p.m.):
Pretty clean job on those bolts, Crazy Jayhawk. Any word on how this affects temps? Where do you put it in your case?

Looks like a nearly-free AGPAirlift!

And a word on cost: The most expensive parts are the faucet washers. I picked up an assortment box at the hardware store for $3. The nuts and bolts add up to about $1.50. In other words, this adds about $5 to the cost of the fan, but adds a lot of versatility.

I'm not sure on temps, mostly because I don't own any temp-monitoring equipment.

Right now I have mine sitting on the bottom of my case, tilted up toward the video card. Hope it'll keep the video card from blacking out when it's not supposed to.