|-- We Can
-- Page: 1
To move this case around, we opted for this case
handle. Yes, there are other case straps and so forth
available, but they look ridiculous. The LAN Box isn't a
schoolbag, so lets not carry it like one. One handle is used
because that's what was supplied to us. Two could have been
implemented, but one is enough because I think I would probably need
my other hand to carry something else, like my bookbag of useful
things for LAN Parties.
Anyway, here we go on our journey to installing a
nice single handle. The first step is to figure out the best
place to put it. Common sense says the middle to make
everything nice and kosher. That won't cut it. Simply
because if we did do that, the weight of the components inside will
drag that box down while you are holding it. Creating a nice
dent after prolong use. The middle area is too weak to support
So to find a better place, what I did was move my
hand around and start pushing the metal in and out to find a hard
area. Soon discovered that the area near the front of the case
was a lot stronger. That will be our area of drilling then.
For our endeavors, lets break out the
Dremel! Ok, you probably would get better and faster results
with a standard drill, but it's only two holes. Might as well
break out the trusty Dremel and give it a spin every so often.
Remember that the aluminum cuts easily, so go slow until you have a
nice starting point then gun it!
To start off, if you want a handle that
is aligned correctly, you would want to measure it. Do not do
it by eye, you will create something that your peers will point and
After choosing a general spot for the
handle, lets tape it up with our masking tape to protect the area
while drilling. Take your ruler and measure out some straight
lines so we can line up the handle evenly.
When the lines are drawn, I thought of
a trick that would save some time in lining up the holes correctly
for drilling. Since having the hole a millimeter of could
result in having a crooked handle, I took my pencil and started
plastering the bottom of the handle where the holes are with some
good ole graphite. If you have a marker, great use it. I
By doing this and ramming it into the
area where the lines are on the masking tape, I had a good idea as
to where the holes are. While having the handle on the masking
tape, I just drew some lines around the edge of the bottom of the
handle and we have the perfect template to start drilling the
Drill slowly and the hole should come
out quite evenly.
Once you have the holes set, take your
handle to it just to make sure it is aligned correctly. Then
we should precede with screwing.
There are some washers that come with
the handle kit. Two large washers and a few smaller ones.
I chose to put the larger washer on the inside of the case to
provide more support for that area since we will be lifting the case
by the handle at times.
Take your philips or flat head
screwdriver and tighten those screws and we're set! Pick up
the case to test it for a good fit. Nice!