Advice sought ... thinking about drilling two small holes in my VCR

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  1. RobertCharlotte

    RobertCharlotte Supporting Actor

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    Long story, but the short version is I want to mount my A/B switch to the side of my VCR, and I'm looking for advice.

    The options as I see them are:
    • double-stick tape or something like that,
    • self-adhesive velcro, or
    • bolts.
    I'm leaning towards the last one. Double stick tape is something I've just never had a good experience with. Either it never holds to start with or I wind up needing to remove whatever I've attached with it and I can't get all the residue off. Velcro has both problems also.

    With bolts (actually, given the size I'm talking about, threaded rod with nuts), I'll have to drill two very small (#4 or #6 diameter, which I think is no more than 3 mm) holes in the side of the VCR cover, which means taking the cover off (which I've never done), but I know it will hold, and I know that if I ever remove the A/B switch, I just remove the fasteners and other than the two very small holes, there's no sign there was ever anything there.

    So, go on ... tell me why I shouldn't do this. [​IMG]

    Also acceptable: give me options I haven't considered here.
     
  2. Patrick Sun

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    Here's a tacky one:

    Cable ties! [​IMG]

    Big rubber bands!
     
  3. RobertCharlotte

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    Funny thing is, back when I had a cabinet with a pegboard-type back, I did use cable ties to hold it in place.

    I really miss that cabinet.
     
  4. MarkDesMarais

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    How about an L bracket where the VCR sits on the long leg, with the short leg sticking up where you want to mount your switch?
     
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    Blue Tack
     
  6. RobertCharlotte

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    How about the same L-Bracket held on by one of the case screws if they are on the side of the unit. You could stick the bracket in a vice and bend it to a fair amount of shapes.
     
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    Robert,
    I know how annoying double sided tape can be. Have you tried an auto parts store, look for the adhesive tape that holds side molding on. Its very thick(1/8" usu) and holds like crazy. You remember the stuff that department stores used to hold remotes on the stereos to keep them on? That tan tape stuff? That is kinda what automotive trim adhesive is like. Hope this helps.

    Yours truly,
    an old gearhead


    edit: just read marks post-- you could shim the side opposite the L bracket with a washer to level out. Hope this helps.
     
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  10. MarkDesMarais

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    Sounds like you are on your way!

    I don't know how big you wanted to make it, but what I was visualizing was more like a plate that would go under at least two of the vcrs feet- maybe even all four, before running up the side. Might be overkill, but it would sure be stable!

    Markd
     

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