Step 1, determine what wire goes where. A signal generator and sniffer works for this role. Like from Fluke.
Step 2, label it (dymo wire labeler)
Step 3, put it in a spreadsheet
Step 4, determine what wires you need, and to what devices.
Step 5, Build your rack with equipment. We typically will put higher heat devices (amplifiers) in the top of the rack for convection, and UPS on the bottom. Blank plates to separate higher heat devices.
Step 6, Cut / reterminate connections to make them nice if necessary.
Step 7, Install power strips and plan on UPS / Conditioning / Surge suppression as necessary for each device type.
Step 8, If you need WallWarts, you can put them on 6 inch power extenders. Since many devices are 12 volt...we tend to put a large power supply (like from Altronix) and wire each device directly to individually fused 12 volt feeds. This is a bit easier to clean up the low voltage side and to put a UPS on all of them.
Step 9, power it up piece by piece and test
Step 10, post bragging rights pics on this forum!!
Last edited by smoothtlk; 05-31-2017 at 07:30 AM.