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Old 07-16-2013, 09:49 PM   #16
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You can infer all you want. The first sentence states his intent.
And as I stated before, you need to go back and read the Mod named Red Squirrel's previous posts.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:54 PM   #17
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No point in arguing. Sorry I asked. Won't help the Squirrel get the shelves built.
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I may possibly add some home circuits to it too like the TV and office but it will mostly be for the servers.



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Kinda messy looking, so the shelves will make it better, and the inveter-charger will go in the beige rack, which I'll dedicate for power and lab stuff while the open rack is production stuff (has better cooling, while closed rack will provide protection for power stuff).

The rack will go where the current batteries are, leaving room so a couple hvac ducts can pass between it to go in the crawlspace where my hvac control system will be. Will be setup as a hot/cold aisle setup. A bit overkill for a home server room, what why not. In winter it will just vent throughout the house, but should the hydrogen levels go high it will switch to outdoor air immediately. Need to find some motorized dampers that don't cost $900 though... but that's a whole other topic. :P

So long story short, my existing design looks pretty solid then? Maybe replace the 2x6 planks with plywood instead?


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So just curious, why are you building a server room? Going to start web hosting out of your basement? Development work?
Mostly hobby stuff, but lot of it is production, like file storage, firewall, hvac control, media server etc... Lot of development stuff too. I'd love to do web hosting but I don't have the bandwidth for it. Everything else would be a piece of cake otherwise. I'd make the entire basement the server room, and get some AC units and standby generator and I'd be set. But with 1mb upload, not happening. :P

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:13 PM   #19
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Could be for the servers....could also be for the house....could be for both...

3/4" plywood is plenty strong....I would put get some plastic trays to lay the batteries on.

As long as the charger is good....there should not be an excess of hydrogen gas expelled.
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I would look into unistrut. I use it for pipe racks and stands in mechanical rooms.
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Trying to avoid having to buy anything new. I already spent lot of money on this project lol.


Unistrut looks very interesting though... But still the trouble of finding a place I can buy, probably have to order etc... shipping would be a killer. Looks like some of the stuff used at work (telco CO) actually for cable vault, ceiling cable tray holders etc.
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The only weak spot in your design is missing cross bracing on the back---a plywood back or cross bracing will give you a stable box/rack.
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You know, I was thinking, what about old Bread tray racks. You can modify the angle iron and reuse for your project, to hold the batteries as they sit in the wood rack.
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The only weak spot in your design is missing cross bracing on the back---a plywood back or cross bracing will give you a stable box/rack.
I was thinking that too, I may put some bracing for the bottom shelf on the back and front. Since the sides will have plywood I wont need any bracing there. Will ensure it keeps square both sideways and forward. Wont put any batteries on the bottom "shelf" as the bracing will be in the way, but I will use it to store stuff like the hydrometer, gloves, safety glasses etc.

The bread racks could be interesting too.
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