Originally Posted by rs691919
Thanks, Dave. I did look closely at the rack thread but I think my questions are so neophyte that I couldn't find any answers.
For my purposes, it sounds like a relatively basic rack will be suitable. My main goal is to keep the cables neat and to be able to lock the front and rear doors. I'll post a quote from a local dealer later today...seemed a bit excessive to me. Looking at the Middle Atlantic site
, I can't figure out what the "rear rail" kit is for. Nor can I figure out what the color-coded letters next to the power strip configurations mean.
Keep in mind that Mid Atlantic has stuff for all kind of pro stuff. Some of its real heavy duty. You can also scour craigslist for any computer and/or telecom rack and likely fit that in. Since some of the pro stuff can be real heavy some mid atlantic stuff can use extra rails for extra support, or to place wire management devices.
If you want to semi-cheap out, and don't find a steal on craigslist, you can do what I did in my first HT, and by those rear rails only for about $50 and then mount them to a planned opening. See this pic from my old HT.
Then add the rails, shelves and faceplates and you are done. I did this and then discovered if you buy a middle atlantic door, there door is meant to be mounted to a full rack, not just the rails. I had to jury-rig the door. At that point it would have been easier just to get a local glass place to come out and do something.
Here is a pic with the rails in, and a few items that had rack ears.
The other disadvantage of the "cheap" route is that I didn't have rear rails for wire management, so it was kind of kludge.
I probably could have and would have improved it had I not sold the place.
All in all, I was like $50 for rails, $325 for shelves, a drawer ($100 alone) and blanks, and I don't remember the door cost, and didn't see it in my e-mail. Must have been paypal.
I really liked having a rack-rack though. Even though it was only for a month or so.
On the sound proofing issue - That freak thread aside, most of us have been quite pleased. I was in the old space.