On 1/8/2020 9:07 AM, Rob Berendt wrote:

> CE ended up using torx, phillips, standard screwdrivers and a 5.5mm
> nut driver. Sometimes for the same subassembly and in close proximity
> to each other. He ended up only needing one bandaid by the time he was
> done. Sharp edges, have some handy.

I have complained about this a number of times. My family has recycled perhaps 100 Tons of computer gear. No kidding. Back in the day IBM gear was THE SIMPLEST to recycle. Get out your 7mm nut driver and the 5.5 for a few screws and have at it. In no time you had everything out and apart. Easily separate planar boards from frames and all that. Many competitor products at the time were a bitch. Not built to come apart or many different fasteners etc.

Today it has flipped. Recently recycled an IBM Drawer from a Power7 system. Oh my. Different fasteners all over. Torx of different sizes, phillips, flat, nuts of various sizes and even RIVETS that had to be drilled out to get power cables out. Rivets! *sigh* In some places THREE different fasteners holding the SAME board in place!! What a freeking disaster that was. Much less efficient, fabulously so and why?? What is the up side? Stocking many different tools and fasteners for assembly can't be efficient for anyone. And it's maddening to repair and recycling techs. Maybe they figure it will just be tossed into a shredder and recycled that way I dunno.

Meanwhile the competition has got their act together. Dell, HP, Cisco, etc are a breeze now. Planar boards come out in seconds often with just one or two screws and then a button and slide. Out!

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis

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