DIY Equipment Racks

From: Clayton Frank Helvey <>
Date: Wed Jan 1 23:22:00 2003


I've got two ex-AS/400 racks with heavy casters
without power rectifiers or rear doors that I'd like
to get some bucks for. I've got the push-in filler
panels for them. They're in decent shape, had been
used as PC server racks. One has a PC keyboard/mouse
rackmount tray and I think there's a set of rails in
one too. They're deep racks with 19 inch standard
rails that I think are threaded.

I'd like to get $100 for each ex-AS/400 rack, and
would happily deliver them to anyone within 150 miles
of Roanoke VA for that price. These things are VERY
heavy, I'd estimate 150 pounds each?

I've also got two AS/400 racks with expansion racks
for a 9406-type AS/400, and power rectifiers etc.
These are complete with doors front and rear and have
some filler panels too.

I've got some Compaq rail kits, a Proliant shelf, and
an old short HP equipment rack that I think isn't 19
inch standard size.

If anyone's interested contact me off list at I can send you pictures of the
stuff too.

-- Frank

--- Gary Hildebrand <> wrote:
> "R. D. Davis" wrote:
> >
> > 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
> > this?
> It would work but very tacky, and not readily
> changeable without really
> tearing up the lumber.
> I do know that L iron is available with
> tapped/untapped RETMA/IEC holes
> in standard spacing. I'd go that route.
> Hamfests might be a source for racks, but less and
> less of that is
> appearing anymore due to the fact most hams carry
> their radios on the
> hip rather than rack-mounting them. Last rack
> cabinet I bought was $2
> (ex-school PA system). I did see a nice NEW
> extruded aluminum open
> channel 7' rack for $100 at a hamfest. Most likely
> you'll see smaller
> cabinets, but you never know unless you go to as
> many as possible.
> You might check with local radio/television stations
> and see if they
> have some older racks around. Many of those are too
> shallow for the new
> equipment, or they are surplus from an old location.
> Gary Hildebrand
> St. Joseph, MO

= M O N T V A L E S O F T W A R E S E R V I C E S P. C.=
Clayton Frank Helvey, President
Montvale Software Services, P. C.
P.O. Box 840
Blue Ridge, VA 24064-0840
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