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Old 03-15-2001, 03:05 PM
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Default Stacking Rack Mounts w/o Mounts.

Can outboard rack gear get damaged from stacking the units without using mounting brackets or a box? I got about seven 1U’s piled one on top of the other, is this cause for concern?

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Old 03-15-2001, 04:06 PM
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Default Re: Stacking Rack Mounts w/o Mounts.

Heat may be a concern, and you'll definately see some damage when the cat comes along and decides to scale the peaks of Mt Outboard.
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Old 03-15-2001, 06:00 PM
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Default Re: Stacking Rack Mounts w/o Mounts.

I did that for a while. A lot of my gear is now all scratched up.
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Old 03-16-2001, 08:06 AM
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Default Re: Stacking Rack Mounts w/o Mounts.

Yea, the heat and weight are my main concerns. The cat’s to busy playing with all the mice she smuggles in the house - but that’s another forum.

I checked out some boxes last night, but they’re all so deep, at least 18”. Some of my gear is only 4” deep, this would make rear access very difficult.

I opted for a pair of steel rack brackets, they have a good selection of all sizes at Mars Music. They take the weight load off and lock everything together as one big unit, while maintaining good rear access. I’m also going to get a small electronics fan to stick in the back - the pre’s get quite hot and I’m sure could benefit from a little breeze.


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Old 03-16-2001, 09:58 AM
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Default Re: Stacking Rack Mounts w/o Mounts.

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I opted for a pair of steel rack brackets, ...
Is there a way to isolate the chassis from each other (electrically)?

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Old 03-16-2001, 07:05 PM
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Default Re: Stacking Rack Mounts w/o Mounts.

You can isolate in a rack by using plastic screws and/or washers. You need the washers between the gear and the rack which means you need to apply something sticky to them otherwise installation is nearly impossible. Also you need to make sure the equipment faces don't touch, you have some wiggle room while tightening the screws to push up/down.

I helped someone do this with a rack, and we didn't think of the sticky . . . took two hours to rack a few units. He loosened all the screws, and pushed the units against one another . . . DOH!

You usually don't have to worry about the isolation unless you are already having a problem though. i.e. if the units are already stacked and touching each other then you won't have any more difficulties with them non-isolated in a rack.

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Old 03-17-2001, 12:24 AM
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Default Re: Stacking Rack Mounts w/o Mounts.

I have several stacks of unracked outboard gear placed on top of each other. I use the little rubber pads that came with them, or if the gear did not come with the rubber pads, I pick extras up at the local electronics store. This isolates the units from each other and allows space for cooling purposes. This configuration has been working fine for the past ten years.

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