Originally Posted by GWCR
That rack looks great! Most of my build is going to be DIY also. Do you have any pics/details of how you built the rack? Specifically, how are the shelves attached? Thanks!
Been absent here since nothing to report, I cut out and installed the rack last night. I'll post some pics tonight when I get a chance.
The rack was 3/4 mdf.
2x2s to make square frame with 20" wire shelving mounted to it. I used cable fasteners to mount it to the frame like this: http://www.summitsource.com/images/products/COGPSW.jpg
They wrapped the bigger metal bars perfectly
Adjustable pilaster brackets from lowes, kinda like these http://www.knapeandvogt.com/255_Seri...ge=details.129
Outlets will be:
1 general pass through for HDMI etc.
1 20A circuit electrical outlet
11.2 audio connects
I plan to run 6 120mm silent case fans pulling air out middle and top of the rack venting into the room. The rack will eventually have face plates attached for a flush look so they will be necessary. If this "chimney" cooling approach does not work, I will try the crossflow or through cooling method and mount the fans in the back door and pull the air through vents in the front and out into the attic. I dislike the crossflow because it means an opening(fan openings) to the attic and because I can visually confirm fan operation with the fans facing the room.
A couple tips:
- Man this thing was heavy. Me and my brother are fairly fit over 6' 200, and this was a chore to snake through the house and up the stairs. Moving around the garage did not give a good idea of its mass.
- Allow more than a 1/4" for clearance of rack to inside stud dimensions. I allowed a 1/4" and one of the studs was bowed so needless to say it was a tight fit. 1/2" would have been much better.
Thanks for the props I'll try to get some pics up tonight.....
Here's the hole cut out with my nephew vacuuming up the Sheetrock dust....