Getting the Rack Right the First Time
This unique equipment rack and wiring job may not be the prettiest, but it's very tidy and efficient.
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July 06, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger

Thankfully, not every project we profile on the “Neat-O” page in our sister publication CE Pro stems from the poor work of a custom integrator (usually we talk about one company taking over for another to get your installation just right).

Sometimes it’s just the general “neat” in “Neat-o!” that we admire. Installer Thomas Marino of Advanced Technologies in Baton Rouge, La., gets a gold star for his uniquely tidy wiring and equipment rigs in a couple of locations at the “Louisiana Blair House,” a 4,700-square-foot homage to the famed Blair House in D.C., where dignitaries stay when they’re visiting the neighbor across the street, President Obama.

Is it the best looking installation? Judging by the commenters on CE Pro, probably not. The cable trays seem to be a somewhat controversial choice, but they do keep things neat, easy to manage and efficient—perhaps a product DIYers may want to look into as well if they’re having trouble following all the wiring and cabling.

Marino describes himself as a “seat-of-the-pants” installer who doesn’t rely on CAD drawings to design his terminations, but you’d never know it. “I lay out my wire tray, place my pieces and parts to create something that makes sense to me, and just make it happen,” he says. Don’t worry, once it all does make sense, Marino keeps intricately detailed charts to know where everything runs.

Click here to view a slideshow of more photos and details of these rack rooms.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for and Electronic House magazine.

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