Windows 10: Help cleaning dremel bits out of PC.

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  1. Barman58's Avatar
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       24 Mar 2018 #11

    One other thing on a more serious note

    Never use compressed air to remove metal shards / filings from a workpiece - you can use a vacuum cleaner but compressed air will convert the metal into high speed projectiles which have an affinity for the human eyeball - not a good thing
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  2.    24 Mar 2018 #12

    theridon said: View Post
    I was swapping motherboards and saw my HDD has a screw in the bay that won't budge, what better time to it then now. Anyway the only way I could unscrew the ******* was using a dremel to cut it and use a flathead screwdriver to take it out, problem is I am very worried about the sparks/metal pieces that may have gotten into my pc case. Right now my case is completely empty and just has the case fans and wires.
    How can I clean this safely and thoroughly? I really don't want to mess up my pc when I put it back together. Magnet? Vacuum? Compressed air? Thanks so much
    If it were mine I'd probably use several methods. What one misses another would get, in order: blowing, sticky take (masking/printers tape, easier to get into corner than duct tape); wet wiping. Note sure about magnets, unless the case is aluminum.
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  3. strollin's Avatar
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       24 Mar 2018 #13

    While it certainly won't hurt to clean the particles out, I wouldn't worry about it that much either. If you had left the motherboard in and it got coated that would be much more concerning.
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  4.    24 Mar 2018 #14

    OK thanks for the replies. So is it okay to use a vacuum inside the case?
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  5.    24 Mar 2018 #15

    theridon said: View Post
    OK thanks for the replies. So is it okay to use a vacuum inside the case?
    Much better than compressed air as long as you have a good nozzle that can get into tight crevices. Rock the nozzle back and forth to get the metal shaving loose. Since they're sharp they tend to stick on everything.
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  6.    24 Mar 2018 #16

    SoFine409 said: View Post
    If it were mine I'd probably use several methods. What one misses another would get, in order: blowing, sticky take (masking/printers tape, easier to get into corner than duct tape); wet wiping. Note sure about magnets, unless the case is aluminum.
    after using a vacuum cleaner, i'd opt to use damp cotton buds for the obscure corners of the empty case.
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  7.    24 Mar 2018 #17

    Of course it's a great excuse to get a new case and extras. Just a little thought.
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  8. Berton's Avatar
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       24 Mar 2018 #18

    Due to various languages and translations the familiar Duct tape used on heating and cooling ductwork in buildings the name has morphed into Duck tape, an actual product brand seen in hardware stores.
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  9.    24 Mar 2018 #19

    With all the talk about ducks we don't want the OP's issue to fall between the quacks.
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