Rack mounting with no damage

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  1. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    I'm getting ready to build my first rack and I want to avoid "rack rash" on my Axe II and other gear.

    What are my options? Would plastic or rubber washers work? Can you recommend a source for them or any other suggestions?

    Thanks.
     
  2. cardinal

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    Humphrey's isolation washers. They prevent rack gear from touching each other at the rail and create a channel for the screw so that it never touches the actual rack ear.
     
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    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    Thanks.

    Any suggested vendors? I Googled it and came up with nothing. Allparts showed nothing matched.
     
  4. Funky Monkey

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    They were phonetically clever...try "Humfree"...they should pop up on most of your common music retailer websites.
     
  5. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    That did it...thanks! :aok
     
  6. Scott Peterson

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    I just use plastic washers that you get with rack screws. They work fine.
     
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    Another thing I used to do was to put narrow strips of either felt or indoor/outdoor carpeting (attached with small squares of double-stick tape), running front to rear along the tops of the units. That prevents anything from getting banged up during installation or removal. That can happen if you're packing them in there tightly, but I usually tried to leave a nice ventilation gap between the units. I believe my rails were pre-drilled to allow some options in the vertical mounting arrangement, because I don't remember ever drilling and tapping new holes so that I could space them out.
     
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    I have a surplus of loop-side velcro. When I had my rack, I put it between any surfaces that were going to be metal-on-metal. And then I still used the Humfrees. The thing with the Humfree product is that they also prevent any metal contact in the holes of the rack ears. It's not just to keep the finish on the rack ears and rails from marring, but also to keep things quiet as far as ground loops and EMI/RFI caused from that contact. They really worked for me for that, too.
     
  9. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    All good suggestions. You guys are saving a noob from making easily avoidable problems.

    Thanks.
     
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    birdie_in_texas I can haz virgins? Silver Supporting Member

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    yep..these are the best thing by far..
     
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    These work for me too.
     

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