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Maxcorpious

macrumors newbie
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Jul 9, 2012
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Lancaster, PA - USA
Hello Fellow Mac Dudes and Dudettes!

My 3TB HDD died, RIP... so I replaced it with a 4TB HDD... I'm poor... so no SSD :(

Man... the inside of the case was pretty dusty... I took all the things out and cleaned out all dust bunnies. I'm now typing this on the newly restored iMac from TimeMachine, so yay!

But the display screen is just sitting on the chassis, no adhesive... so that brings me to my question.

What adhesive tape should I use to affix the screen to the chassis? I don't really want to buy the kit, since I'll probably be going back in there soon to replace the HDD with a SSD and maybe even replace the 128GB SSD on the MoBo. So I want to buy a roll of double sided tape (something like VHB - not sure on the MIL thickness but the width should be around 5mm) this way I can just use the little pizza cutter to get back in there. Like I did in the first place to open it.

Also do you guys put anything on the bottom vents to prevent dust from getting inside the chassis?

I've used old dryer sheets on my wife's PC vents to stop dust from getting inside her case (it does work somewhat)

Thanks everyone and have a nice day.

-Max
 

chscag

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Feb 17, 2008
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Strong double sided tape can be purchased from Home Depot, Lowes, etc. However, I believe the tape Apple uses and the kit tape from ifixit is much thinner than the average double sided tape which is available commercially.

As for placing anything in or on the bottom vents.. that's a no no. Those vents are designed to draw in cool air which is then exhausted out thru the rear vent as warm air. You do not want to obstruct them.
 

tubeexperience

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Feb 17, 2016
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You can use packaging tape to hold the display temporary.

I do it all the time when I wanted to test something and don't want to attach the display.
 

Maxcorpious

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 9, 2012
18
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Lancaster, PA - USA
Thanks guys, I ordered some double sided tape. I'll let you know which one works better.
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Strong double sided tape can be purchased from Home Depot, Lowes, etc. However, I believe the tape Apple uses and the kit tape from ifixit is much thinner than the average double sided tape which is available commercially.

As for placing anything in or on the bottom vents.. that's a no no. Those vents are designed to draw in cool air which is then exhausted out thru the rear vent as warm air. You do not want to obstruct them.

I agree, I don't want to obstruct the bottom vents (inlet). What about using some sort of screen to prevent dust from getting inside the chassis? Similar to how some cases have screens on the bottom in front of the case fans.
 

chscag

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Feb 17, 2008
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I agree, I don't want to obstruct the bottom vents (inlet). What about using some sort of screen to prevent dust from getting inside the chassis? Similar to how some cases have screens on the bottom in front of the case fans.

No screen will be able to filter out fine dust or humidity. The best thing you can do to prevent dust and humidity is to use a total room air conditioner with good filtering.
 
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