Remounting your PSU
After reading issue 148 of I thought it would be best brought to bring your attention to the potential hazards of relocating the PSU mount and connections in your PC’s case. While the instructions provided were clear to an extent, I noticed that p107 instructed readers on how to incorrectly connect a female IEC socket. Naturally, most people attempting this task would solder or (more suitably) use a spade connection to the pins on the back of the socket, followed by sheathing in an adhesive-lined heatshrinkable sleeving.
The picture does appear to show the flex twisted around the pins with a liberally applied sheath of insulation tape to support these connections, and no hint of the application of solder or crimped on spade connections. One can argue that this method of connection isn’t suitable for the task at hand and, more to the point, potentially dangerous – chuck a couple of AMD Fury X cards in that rig and that connection could be seeing a fair few amps flowing through it. YOUR FRIENDLY ELECTRICIAN, MATTHEW VOISEY
Antony: Hi Matthew, thanks for letting us know the error of our ways and offering some expert advice! We’ll be revisiting this part of the guide in our next issue with some revised steps, using your advice about spade connections and heatshrink insulation sleeving. If anyone is thinking of conducting that mod, we advise holding off until Issue 150 before doing so.