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How are standard computer fan screws called?

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good q, but best thing may be to not use screws. you can get a bag of screwless fasteners . antec used to do something like it years ago. i see some -not from antec - on ebay. –  barlop Dec 26 '10 at 19:41
    
@barlop I'm aware of advantages and disadvantages of alternative mounting systems, but in this question I do need the screw type. –  AndrejaKo Dec 26 '10 at 23:14
    
pencomsf.com/mechanical/fan_screws.aspx <<< all the info you need on pc fan screws :) –  user130542 Apr 27 '12 at 1:38

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Apparently they're 7/32" /5.5mm self tapping screws, though some places say they're 3/8". I'd note given their design, you should have some leeway since the screws cut into the plastic, to use different threads or slightly larger screws.

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"Plastic thread cutting screws" is the technical name and are not classified other than by diameter and length.

Like wood screws they do not designate a thread per inch like other screws or bolts

I have a small drawer full of them I have salvaged from discarded items, plastic thread cutting screws are handy to have around since most everything is plastic these days.

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Most fans I've seen are braced using metal screws actually, though I have seen some of those plastic ones as-well. –  Eran Dec 26 '10 at 18:31
    
Some fans don't use screws at all, they use rubber bungee fasteners. Its a broad question. –  Moab Dec 26 '10 at 19:09

In most stores and retailers you'll find them exactly under that description.
"PC fan screws", "Case fan screws" etc'.

If this is a more academic question, I'd love, too, know if they have a special type name, but I doubt it.

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I need exact type and "fan screw" doesn't help. –  AndrejaKo Dec 26 '10 at 17:37
    
After doing some research, I do believe that they are from M5.5 series. –  AndrejaKo Dec 26 '10 at 17:38
    
Aside from that description, the measurement of the screw might help (height and diameter), unfortunately I don't have one to measure at the moment, sorry. EDIT: glad you found it and good to know (if indeed it is) –  Eran Dec 26 '10 at 17:41
    
I can't get good measurement, because I don' have precise instruments, but after taking a look at one screw, I guess that they probably aren't M5 or similar. Length is around 10 mm and diameter is between 2 mm and 3 mm. I'm also looking at some computer fan datasheets and diameter for hole for the one I'm looking at is 2.5 mm. –  AndrejaKo Dec 26 '10 at 17:47

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