My new DIY A/V rack

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  1. Ron-P

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    Due to vibration issues with my gear inside the HT I finally got it all out. Over the past week I built this on the exterior side of the HT with all materials I had at home for other projects, all the parts did come from Home Depot. Here are the pics from start to finish.


    I had these racks from left over from when I first built my HT. Each shelf can support 250lbs. It's screwed into the studs of the HT with 4" deck screws. I also installed a 20amp dedicated line off the main house breaker for power.
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    The shelving is decoupled from the HT using a neoprene washer and a flat cut washer. This helps dramatically reduce vibrations.
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    I started to install the shelf brackets and shelving. I also installed 3 1" diameter holes to the inside of the HT for all the cabling and wires. I used schedule 40 PVC.
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    Each shelf is also decoupled from the bracket using flat cut washers.
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    A rough layout of the interior.
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    The finished product.
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    Everything in it's place. I am using the leapfrog RF system to control the geare from inside the HT.
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    An access door in the back provides all the room I need to access all the connections.
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    Needless to say that this thing is so well isolated from the HT that vibrations and cooling is no longer an issue.
     
  2. Don.l

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    Sweet! I like the PVC pipes for the cables. Very good idea. Leapfrog RF? Never heard of it. Does it work well? Is it expensive?

    Don
     
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    Thanks Don. Yes, the Leapfrog works great and right now at Amazon you can land it for $25.
     
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    I second the leapfrog. i use it too, actually I use 2 of em, one for the HTR and one for the living room upstairs. both work without a hitch pointing to the same A/V rack
     
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    inside the box doesnt need circulation?

    looks like it could get hot i there if it is closed while in service.

    link to the leapfrog item?
     

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