DIY Equipment Racks

From: R. D. Davis <>
Date: Sun Dec 29 20:37:01 2002

While thinking about racks to use for mounting my PDP-11/44
components, as well as other equipment from test equipment to audio
and synth equipment, something just occured to me: why bother with
hunting down steel racks when some 2x4s and lag bolts may suffice just
as well? I was thinking that one can just run 2x4s from the basement
floor up to the heavy wooden rafters, attach them to the rafters, and
then add horizontal supports at the bottom to space the vertical 2x4s
apart properly. Any thoughts on this? I guess the museum-type
equipment purists won't like the idea, but it would be a cheap and
functional solution for many of us. :-) Has anyone else here tried

Lastly, has anyone on this list tried retrofitting non-rack-mount
equipment into racks? E.g., welding (or "JB Weld"ing) rack-mount tabs
onto systems like PCs and Kaypros, as well as making rack-mountable
shelves to hold the Macintoshes, etc.? Just trying to think of ways
to save space. Stacking system on top of system, helter skelter, as
systems are added, tends to result in rather annoying, space hogging,
piles of systems after a while, making some systems difficult to get
to at times.

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