Modern Rack Rails in Classic Racks?

Warner Losh imp at
Mon Apr 29 18:10:43 CDT 2019

On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 5:05 PM Zane Healy <healyzh at> wrote:

> On Apr 29, 2019, at 1:52 PM, Warner Losh <imp at> wrote:
> While it might not be useful for all applications, I've gone down to the
> hardware store and purchased "angle iron" and cut it to length. I then
> drill a whole through it in a couple of places and bolt it to the rack.
> It's not as nice as sliders, but it gets the job done for all the systems
> I've used in the past couple of decades. It wouldn't work well, however,
> for systems that have big heavy disk drives, for tape drives, etc. It also
> burns 1 U in the rack. For me that's not been an issue but others have
> complained about that in the past when I've suggested this.
> Warner
> I figure that loosing 1U will be less of a concern than the insulating
> effects of putting a sheet of wood in there.  I’m giving real consideration
> to jury rigging something.
> I’ll pick up the rack and then go from there.

I put wood there too :)  But only when the chassis is venting front to back
(or back to front) as opposed to top to bottom... Though it's been a long
time since I've seen top to bottom...


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