... and now for an update on my lightning fast rack build.
When last I reported on this (over a month ago
for those of you keeping track!) I had gotten the basic shell of the rack installed. In my usual snails pace way, I've f-i-n-a-l-l-y
made another push.
The main thing slowing me down (other than my own incompetence and laziness) was the need to terminate the two circuits I had run to the under-the-stairs equipment closet. And before I could install the outlets & light I needed to pull the romex across the closet without leaving things hanging in the way - which meant some drilling through studs. And that, in turn, meant needing to buy or borrow a drill, since the one I had
been using so far had long ago been returned to it's rightful owner. (I know, I know -- how pathetic is it when a friend can't even have a tool out on the Indefinite Loan plan anymore?
So after a couple of martinis (give or take) I came up with an ingenious plan to power the closet without
messing with the romex & drilling there:
But when that didn't work quite as planned, I tried Plan B:
Incredibly, Plan B was also
), so I took my lumps and went back to the stupid plan to drill and pull the romex. Of course, this all meant that instead of taking ten minutes to drill a couple holes and wire up a couple outlets, it took me a couple weeks
just to locate and borrow a drill! And then I had to take a week's vacation to go drinking - I mean, FISHING with my brothers. So it's fair to say things dragged out a bit at this stage.
OK, at every stage. Satisfied?
At any rate I've learned an important lesson here: a guy needs to pick his friends better, to make sure a few of them have a decent selection of tools to loan out to their friends! Otherwise things take much longer than they should!
Where was I?
Oh, yes - so eventually I got a drill, and pulled the romex to where power would be needed. Here is a shot of the soon-to-be outlet ... and light:
Once I had power there, it was time to start relocating the equipment from the temporary table in the closet to the shelf. It sure was a neat bundle of chaos before, wasn't it?
But wait! Not so fast! First I needed to dress up the rack a bit, as the spray paint I used previously just looked very faded and dull. So first I put on some of the laminate tape strips on the leading shelf edges, then I painted everything again with a better quality paint. Before:
During, with the shelves drying (Notice the perfectly upright mini-tramp this time, Brian?)
And after (before the shelves went back in):
And here it is with the shelves and the equipment in:
How is that ^^ for an over-the-top, extravagant array of equipment, eh? A receiver AND a BD player AND a Wii?! I know - eat your envious hearts out, suckers!!
And finally, here is a shot of the back of the rack. It's such tight quarters there, underneath the stairs, that it's hard to get back enough to take a decent shot of it.
Maybe this angle gives a truer representation of it:
Now I just have to get the equipment properly hooked up ...
And to think that some people here questioned my ability to get this job done ...