How to build Rack Panels and put together a rack

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Re: How to build Rack Panels and put together a rack

#16 Post by Grant Bunter » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:16 pm

Looking great so far Bruce!
Looking to see how it finishes up...
Built:
DR 250: x 2 (melded array) with March 2012 plans.
T39's: 4 x 20" BP102 , 2 x 28" 3012lf.
WH8: x 3 with melded array.
Bunter's Audio and Lighting "like"s would be most appreciated...

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Re: How to build Rack Panels and put together a rack

#17 Post by Bruce Weldy » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:54 pm

Grant Bunter wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:16 pm
Looking great so far Bruce!
Looking to see how it finishes up...
Had to wait on the client to get me a router and I've been down sick for a couple of days. Should get back on it soon and update. Doing some things to try and make it idiot-proof, since it will sometimes be man-handled by ruffians and ne'er-do-wells.....also knows as musicians.

6 - T39 4-25" 2-22" 3012LF
4 - OT12 2512 Melded/NSD2005
1 - T24
2 - XF210


"A system with a few knobs set up by someone who knows what they are doing is always better than one with a lot of knobs set up by someone who doesn't."

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Re: How to build Rack Panels and put together a rack

#18 Post by Bruce Weldy » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:36 am

Well, it's buttoned up and ready to go to the venue. Router came in and it's all tested and ready to go.

I tried to make this idiot-proof. I used an old slotted rack panel and added hooks to it for cable storage. I zip-tied the iPad cable, router cable, and external mixer cables in place for strain relief. I'm hoping that it will take at least several days to a week before it gets torn up. (hmmmmm .... not much positive thinking here is there?)

One thing I ran into was a problem with the rack drawers. They are good, Penn Elcom locking drawers - 4U and heavy duty. After they were installed, one was hard to open and the one on top was damned near impossible. I actually tore a fingernail when my fingers slipped off the latch while trying to open it. After careful examination, I found that even though everything was lined up correctly in the rack, the top drawer was hitting the case of the bottom drawer. I pried up on the top drawer and as much as the rack holes would let me and locked it back in. That helped a lot, but there is still a little drag. So, the tolerances are off on that drawer. Anyway, if you get a sticking rack drawer - try to give it as much space as possible, that might fix it.
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6 - T39 4-25" 2-22" 3012LF
4 - OT12 2512 Melded/NSD2005
1 - T24
2 - XF210


"A system with a few knobs set up by someone who knows what they are doing is always better than one with a lot of knobs set up by someone who doesn't."

Bruce Weldy
Posts: 6188
Joined: Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:37 am
Location: New Braunfels, TX

Re: How to build Rack Panels and put together a rack

#19 Post by Bruce Weldy » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:38 am

I'll take some more pics when it is installed in the venue in a couple of days.

6 - T39 4-25" 2-22" 3012LF
4 - OT12 2512 Melded/NSD2005
1 - T24
2 - XF210


"A system with a few knobs set up by someone who knows what they are doing is always better than one with a lot of knobs set up by someone who doesn't."

Grant Bunter
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Location: Ilfracombe Queensland Australia
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Re: How to build Rack Panels and put together a rack

#20 Post by Grant Bunter » Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:51 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap:
Built:
DR 250: x 2 (melded array) with March 2012 plans.
T39's: 4 x 20" BP102 , 2 x 28" 3012lf.
WH8: x 3 with melded array.
Bunter's Audio and Lighting "like"s would be most appreciated...

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