Originally Posted by doublewing11
I'd like to know why MA does NOT include 10-32 screws with custom racks and faceplates!!
Well duh, of course they do. That's because the strips need to fit onto a specific sized screw head in order to stay in place.
People will populate a rack with a wide range of a few devices. Some may be all 3U-5U sized, 1U-2U sized or a random mix. Just how many screws would be appropriate? There's also the cost factor as that'd be an added cost. Sure, "some" would be nice, no argument there. But people would still whine about that not being "enough".
That and sometimes you'd want to use other screw heads. Allen, Torx or even torx security screws for example. Or maybe knurled posts. I've got a bag of some that are threaded (differently) on both ends, one to go into the rack and clip nut and the other for a removable knurled collar. This lets me rest a heavier piece of equipment on the posts and spin on a nut quickly, as opposed to having juggle the gear, the screw and a screwdriver. I typically don't leave them installed that way, but go back and replace them with a regular rack screw later. This is one supplier of them: http://www.rackrelease.com/index.htm
My metric is one screw for every hole on one of the posts usually ends up being enough. For a 4 post rack with full front and partial back population this is usually about right. Then I buy two bags with that quantity!