Originally Posted by grhopper
How about using some L brackets on the back to reinforce the structural integrity?
You know, I was thinking abut that, but somebody else in a review mentioned it and said "too bad they didn't use brackets for integrity instead of the back", but they just ended up using the back. I imagine that they decided brackets wouldn't do the same job of the back. The reviewer said he preferred to not use the back, like me, so I imagine if he could have gotten around it he might have. Or maybe he was just lazy. But the back uses 50 nails that go all around the perimeter of the stand and get nailed into every single piece of wood. I wonder if having just 4 L brackets in the 4 corners would be enough, or does the stand rely on the back being nailed into the whole thing to do it's job?
I called support, and asked them their opinion on L- brackets instead of the back. They said it does require support in the back to hold it together. They said L-brackets "should" work, but it wasn't designed with that in mind, and if it doesn't hold together, and it collapses and damages my equipment, it would not be covered because the stand was modified by me. So I'd be nervous trusting all my equipment on it.
I dunno. I might look at it again in the store tonight and see if I can get a feel for how that would work with L brackets. The stand I have currently has the back off too, which I guess I never put on for the likely the same reason, and I had a large CRT set on it for like 3 years, plus all my equipment, and it never collapsed, and it seems very solid. Of course different stand, different structural design. L-brackets would only help the 4 corners - it won't help with all the different dividers of which there are several throughout the stand. The back nails it all together.