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SMHarman

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So, I have 70+ odd cables hanging down a wall of what will become the master bedroom walk in closet / AV Rack in the corner (yes - welcome to NY).

 

The all at the moment cascade through the framing from the 9 ft ceiling height of the room next door and between the vertical frames.

 

What height does the brains trust usually have this exit the drywall and what is usually used to protect (or more to the point stop you shredding / breaking) the drywall where this happens as the cables get shuffeled about during install?

 

A full height rack will be backing up to where this cable collection is.

 

Thanks

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Personally I like to come out high on the wall then make an "umbilical cord" that goes down to the floor then back up to the top of the rack for distribution in the rack. Keep all of the cables tight and managed and this gives you a few things.

1. The ability to pull the rack out and service it (then the wires move out easily)

2. If a wire gets broken, cut, termination issues and so on you have a service loop to work with.

3. If something goes goofy and you need to tone or test a wire you have more wire to use. 

 

There are a hundred ways and preferences. That is just one of mine. A new "theory" is to make the umbilical cord and then land all the wire on din rails. Then from the dins to the device you have a jumper. This gives you a termination/test point but also gives you some loss in the connection, not much but some. I may be starting this way soon. Just seems clean and convenient. The other issue with this is it takes up more space.

 

Just my 2 cents.

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To prevent ripping drywall, install a steel or aluminum edge between studs for the wire to rest on - you can get Z - shape units that you can screw to the front of the studs, and that you can have then overhang the drywall edge.

Glue some standard L shape of the material arounf the rest of a square 'hole' you leave to prevent the more basic chafing off on teh side and top. Makes for a nice lean finish.

 

Or if youu're intending to spend the money, just mount a small (enclosed?) patch panel unit at the top of the wall and have the wires come from that to the rack as needed. Same as above applies - extra connections so some signal loss, but generally not an issue if you use good wire and don't have crazy lengths.

 

Few options I've used:

 

http://www.middleatlantic.com/products/racks-enclosures/wall-mount-racks-cabinets/cwr-series-data-wall-cabinet.aspx

http://www.middleatlantic.com/products/racks-enclosures/wall-mount-racks-cabinets/ppm-series-pivoting-panel-mount.aspx

http://www.middleatlantic.com/products/racks-enclosures/wall-mount-racks-cabinets/swr-series-shallow-wall-rack.aspx

http://www.middleatlantic.com/products/racks-enclosures/wall-mount-racks-cabinets/hdr-series-low-profile-horizontal-distribution-cabinet.aspx

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