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Monitor Makeover Part I

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?The Process
First, you will want to open up your monitor case. Remove your monitor stand before anything. With the screen down, remove the 4 screws in the back of the case, and 1 or 2 on the bottom (stand side). You may want to wear rubber gloves and thick soled shoes while removing the casing because the voltage inside your monitor is easily enough to kill you. At minimum, be EXTREMELY careful not to touch any parts inside your monitor. As a precaution, you may want to leave the monitor unplugged for 3 days to a week before attempting this mod. That being said, lift the case off the monitor, taking care to watch the VGA cable, and set it aside. The best place to leave your exposed monitor (death trap) is in an area where no one will bother it and where it has no chance of falling over.

Next take your empty monitor case to your workstation and get your handy Dremel ready. This is not a mod for a jigsaw or Rotozip by any means ? strong jagged forces can wreck the cut or even crack the casing. You can use a normal emery cut-off wheel for this mod since you are only cutting plastic (remember to keep the dremel at a low speed to prevent melting). You should first place your acrylic/lexan sheet on top of your monitor to gauge the size of the hole to be cut.

Trim the lexan as necessary using the Dremel at low speed or by scoring and striking it. An easy way to mark your hole is to follow the pattern made the vent holes. This makes it much easier to cut as well as de-burr. Take your time and cut along the holes as if you were cutting a stock fan grill out of your case. You should be using a low speed setting to prevent any burning/melting of the plastic.

When you?re done, you should have something that looks like this.

If you increase the speed too much, the plastic will start to melt and possibly turn brown from burning. This is what it will look like if you turn up the speed.

Assuming the piece didn?t fall out after you finished the cut, you will next want to remove it by applying force or weight of any kind to the top. If this is hard, you may want to check your cuts. I chose to hit it lightly.

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