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Where to find threaded bars for flexy rack?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by djelliott, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. djelliott

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    Hi.

    I want to build a simple Flexy rack but can't find anywhere to buy the threaded bars. I would need 3x 1-1.5m.

    An online retailer would be prefered but I live close enough to most major diy stores.

    Thanks in advance

    Dave
     
  2. IronGiant

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    Screwfix Direct do some nice rod in stainless steel, it costs a bit more but looks nicer.

    Dave
     
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    Not sure what sizes they do, but my B&Q does a decent range of threaded and non threaded bars.
     
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    Hey them Flexi racks look pretty good, what do you think the maximum height would be? (I've got 10 hifi components)
     
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    Oh just measured the space for the hifi components, ~1.2M high, including ventilation gaps. Then of course add shelf height (9 shelves)

    Too high?
     
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    Looks like they stopped doing stainless steel then, but those should be fine, but only in 1 metre lengths. B&Q may do longer lengths.

    Dave
     
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    Nathan. You can pretty much go to the limit of the rods length. It will become harder to put the shelves on something too high but 1.2m should be no problem at all.

    My stand is approx 1.1m high now I think. Taz's is around the 1m mark also.
     
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    For the Flexy don't you require m20 studding? Got mine from : www.tool-net.co.uk and would recommend them. Good Luck!

    cheers steve
     
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    Yup, that's the stainless steel stuff, and it is much more expensive, I suppose it depends how much you like the stainless steel look and how corrosive your living room is ;)
    but if you need m20 then you'd better follow banners advice.

    Dave
     
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    Is there any reason why you need m20?
    Does the m20, m12 etc relate to the diameter of the bar or just the size of the grooves?

    Thanks
    Dave

    PS: At least I now know its called studding and not just a threaded bar ;) :smashin:
     
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    it's the width of the bar, ie m20 is 20mm (or as good as) and m12 is 12mm, so depending how structural the bar is depends on how thick it needs to be. Personally, if it's clamped onto MDF every couple of inches I'd have thought 12mm would be more than enough (that's what they use to bolt a raised deck to the side of a house and in my case, what is holding up my stairs) But if the design calls for 20mm and you want to stick with it, or the thicker posts look nicer, go for those.

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    Hi there,

    I've looked at this a few times, and most places accessable to diy people seem to do lengths upto 1m, and even then the girth of the rods seem quite thin.

    From a business side of things, we use lots of bolts, nuts and stuff and have a supplier in peterborough who i've talked to about the idea and he said he could get me neigh on any spec i wanted, nuts, threaded lengths and probably washers to suit.

    I can dig thier names out of our files if required but don't know how they'd react to a 'non' business enquiry ?

    Lemmie know.
    Lee
     
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    built a flexi-twin a couple of years ago got my 20mm stud from a local fixings and fasting supplers,(good old yellow pages )worked out cheaper than 16/18mm as it was a stock size,total cost for the nuts (including 10 dome nuts for the top and bottom of the stud )washers and stud was around the £30-£40
     
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    I recommend you check out John Howard & Sons - website here - as they are about the cheapest I could find on-line, especially if you want stuff in stainless steel (although zinc-plated - BZP - ought to be fine unless you plan to leave the rack out in the rain).

    The official Flexyrack design calls for M18 (18mm) rods, which are hard to find in this country. John Howard does both M16 and M20. If you must have M18 then try AllFix - website here.

    Rubber/neoprene washers are rather tricky to track down, as well. Try Keith Payne Products, website here.

    And yes, the number refers to the diameter of the rod in millimetres. You can buy up to about M12 in Homebase (or maybe B&Q) shops, but usually not bigger.
     
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    I built my flexi with 4 12mm rods and with the 18mm MDF for the shelves the whole thing is very rigid and very heavy.
    Only thing I couldn't find was the neoprene washers, I don't think I could face dismantling the whole setup to re-thread the rubber washers.

    Boink!
     

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