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23" racks are also a standard. If shopping off CL, bring a tape measure, if rack model # unknown.


I prefer the square holes, functionally. Cage nut stripped? Toss it, and grab another.


I picked up a server rack from a university surplus center, destined for scrap. Also harvested a bunch of shelves.
 

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Originally Posted by Neurorad  /t/788074/show-me-your-rack/1700_100#post_23307202


23" racks are also a standard.
Really? I've never seen anything but 19" in near 30 years in electronics.

Worthwhile info though for others to make sure they don't buy something they can't use.
 

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I prefer the square holes, functionally. Cage nut stripped? Toss it, and grab another.

I was going to say the same thing....Also, my rack used M6 cage nuts (it's just what I started with), but the MA trim strips used 10/32 screws. I just had to buy some new cage nuts, replace them where needed, and I was done. Normally there is no need to use both types, I just didn't want to change out all the ones I had already done on the back side of the rack.
 

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How many 23" audio video components have you guys ever seen?


I own one, a 23" wide power conditioner. I have seen rack ears for 23" racks as an option, but life is simpler to

stick with a 19" rack..
 

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There is also a new 'half width' rack standard, released in the last couple years. 10 5/8" width, for smaller components.

http://www.extron.com/company/article.aspx?id=hrss-standardpr


It was about 5 years ago that an AVSer bought a 23" telco relay rack, mistakenly, for his AV components. Made it work with some 2x4 wood extension pieces. Pic has been removed.
 

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I have one 23" shelf I mistakenly purchased. Everything else is 19".


I actually prefer the round hole unthreaded kind of rack. Not the square hole, nor the kind with threads on the rack rails themselves. The threaded kind can strip. But at least then you can add a cage nut to them. The square ones are a pain in the ass to add the nuts into the holes when you've got a full rack. Or when you want to move things around without tearing everything apart. Yeah, you generally shouldn't do it that way... With the round cage nut kind you can slide a nut up/down a position or two without pulling the gear out. Word of advice, buy double the amount of cage nuts you think you'll need... you'll still come up short.


Also note there are different kinds of screws. There are even some that have a post that screws in and a knurled nut on the face. This way you can screw in the post and have a point on which to rest the gear while muscling it into place. Just be sure to use the SAME thread size, whichever style you chose.


Word of advice, put anything that might require service on sliding rails. Yes, the rails can be pricey. But the ease with which you can service stuff far offsets the hassle of having to pull gear totally out of the rack whenever you need to change something in it. As in, computers that might be getting upgrades. There are a variety of schemes for dealing with the wires. Some are 'less worse' than others but they're all a bit of an adventure.


For items less likely to get altered, or ones that have hard connections to in-wall wiring, you're probably better off not putting them on sliding rails. This so you don't wreck the wiring and connectors.
 

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I have one 23" shelf I mistakenly purchased. Everything else is 19".


I actually prefer the round hole unthreaded kind of rack. Not the square hole, nor the kind with threads on the rack rails themselves. With the round cage nut kind you can slide a nut up/down a position or two without pulling the gear out. .

I'm not familiar with these. i've used threaded and square cahe nut. Could you post a link of the round ones you described?
 

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The hole is round, the nut itself is typically a normal hex shape but welded to a spring steel L-bracket that clamps to the rack rail.


I believe these are also referred to as slide or clip nuts. Here's an example of them:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.h...0-32-Rack-Mounting-Steel-Carton/dp/B0012XRVYC


Here's a couple of informative link discussing screws and racks in general:
http://www.server-racks.com/rack-screws-10-32-12-24-m6.html
http://www.server-racks.com/why-all-racks-are-not-created-equal.html
 

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And to clarify on rack slides, you need slides that fit the case in question. Not all cases are the same width. As a result the slides will need to deal with getting that case to fit. The narrower cases generally aren't too much of a problem, as the mounting bracket for the slide will have some leeway on the mounting holes (either open or elongated). But a case that's wide will have trouble fitting in the rack AND having slides next to it. The vendors for these wider cases will often sell slides specifically designed for them. Also note that a very heavy case may require more than one set of slides. I've got a very heavy 24-drive server that requires two sets of very narrow slides to fit in the rack. Just one set of slides wouldn't handle the weight, especially not when extended.
 

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What are you searching for on eBay? I did a quick search and found a ton of racks. Here is the link, take your pick: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=server+rack&_frs=1

Admittedly I don't use eBay much, I look on Craigslist to try to score something cheap. This morning I looked on eBay but was searching local to me. Though with the shipping options on there I shouldn't be so scared
 

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I guess I got lucky then. Literally my very first search on Craigslist turned up a used MA WRK 37-26 LRD just a few minutes from my front door. I shot a PM to neurorad to confirm it was an acceptable Rack and went to pick it up over the weekend. The search terms that neurorad provided were helpful and the use of search tempest as well.


Then I searched for rack shelves and found someone with brand new shelves for a reasonable price who is practically my neighbor. Going to pick them up soon as well.


Looking forward to finishing my room and installing the gear in my rack. I will post some pics when it is done.
 

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I'm glad you like the WRK. It's a great rack, for a freestanding unit. It may be hard, though, to get that 'built in', flush-mount look, with a WRK; it will be much easier than with the wall-mount rack you were also considering.
 

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I guess I got lucky then. Literally my very first search on Craigslist turned up a used MA WRK 37-26 LRD just a few minutes from my front door. I shot a PM to neurorad to confirm it was an acceptable Rack and went to pick it up over the weekend. The search terms that neurorad provided were helpful and the use of search tempest as well.


Then I searched for rack shelves and found someone with brand new shelves for a reasonable price who is practically my neighbor. Going to pick them up soon as well.


Looking forward to finishing my room and installing the gear in my rack. I will post some pics when it is done.

Wow! I need to move to Kansas
 

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Also check with local computer or electronic recyclers or salvage places. I picked up a pair of Sun racks for my gear reasonably cheap from one across town from me.


The other rack, the one I'll be using for the HT gear, I picked up via craigslist. If you've got an SUV (and some bungee cords) you can get a rack home in one. So search a little farther than just your immediate home town. Mine was from south of Woodbridge, a good hour's drive. The drive back with an open rear hatch was entertaining. The soundproofing on the Grand Cherokee really hides the tremendous roar the Hemi makes when you floor it on the highway...
 

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These racks all look amazing...I am definitely interested in the Middle Atlantic racks.....Question for rack owners...i have a fanless HTPC...I built it so i wouldnt hear ANYTHING while i was watching my movies....arent all those racks with their fans noisy? especially since many of them are in the same room with you??
 

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Originally Posted by jsketto  /t/788074/show-me-your-rack/1740#post_23435933


These racks all look amazing...I am definitely interested in the Middle Atlantic racks.....Question for rack owners...i have a fanless HTPC...I built it so i wouldnt hear ANYTHING while i was watching my movies....arent all those racks with their fans noisy? especially since many of them are in the same room with you??

I tried for all quiet gear in my racks too, but it seems impossible anymore: some components have such noisy fans it seems like they added it as an afterthought: I usually end up changing the fan to a quiet type if I can as mentioned.


so now I just think of it as 'white noise' and deal with it...
 
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