Ugh! Buying the wrong binding posts...

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  1. Luke_Khuc

    Luke_Khuc Stunt Coordinator

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    Please help. I mistakenly bought these for my DIY subwoofer. How in the world can I install these? The MDF is 3/4" thick and I don't really want to make it thinner to install these binding posts.
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  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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    I’m not sure if anyone sells binding posts for ¾” MDF, Luke, so perhaps you didn’t get the “wrong” ones after all. [​IMG] This is actually a pretty easy fix.
    All you need to do is cut a hole about 3” x 2” in the MDF at the location where you want the binding posts.
    Get a steel plate from the hardware store that would be used as a blank cover for a 4” x 4” electrical box. Drill holes in the center of it for the binding post (presumably observing ¾” spacing for dual banana plugs). Install the plate on the inside of the MDF panel, centering the binding posts in the 3” x 2” hole you cut. This will give you a nice-looking panel with recessed connections.
    You will probably want to paint the steel plate black, for appearances. I prefer semi-gloss, but gloss or flat is fine, depending on your preferences. If so, prep and paint the plate before the posts are installed. First rough it up with #240 or #320 sandpaper, followed by #400. After sanding, drill your holes for the binding posts, then paint.
    Also, make sure the plate is air-tight, properly sealed with silicone or whatever you think would work best. Make sure the sealer is under the plate, between it and the MDF; that would be much better than trying to seal around the edges of plate.
    Good luck!
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    Or, suck it up, and order the right binding posts. [​IMG]
     
  4. Shawn Solar

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    Those look like binding posts used in decora wall plate. So if you wanted to mount them to a wall plate and then to the sub I don't think it would look that bad.
     
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    Bryan, that link takes me to a .82OHM 1/2Watt resistor. Is that were you intened for it to go? Wayne
     
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    Wouldn't a steel plate be a bad idea? Steel is a conductor and all.

    Seth
     
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    Patrick, for once, has the common sense advice. I love to dis young EE major whippersnappers. It makes life worthwhile. [​IMG]
     
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