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Forum topic by Billyboy posted 01-22-2011 02:32 AM 2061 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2011 02:32 AM

Can anyone point me to a source for metal mesh/screen to be used in cabinet doors that will have electronic equipment behind them?

The screen needs to be open enough that heat will escape, and it will need to not interfere with the IR signal from remote controls. The holes have to be small enough to keep my grandkid’s fingers away from the knobs inside.

I’ve seen a posts elsewhere that seem to indicate that steel mesh will interfere with the IR signal. Does anybody have an opinion on this? Our cabinet hardware is satin finished nickel plated, so a brushed aluminum or steel mesh would be nice.

I only need mesh for two cabinet doors so I’ve got to be able to buy a small quantity at a reasonable price.

So far, the best deal I’ve found is at McMaster Carr. Some of the online mesh suppliers are very expensive – $180 to $250 for a 2’x4’ panel! McMaster Carr is more like $60 for 36”x40” aluminum or steel diamond mesh.

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#1 posted 01-22-2011 02:39 AM

I got it from Rockler in the past.

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#2 posted 01-22-2011 03:06 AM

My local “Ace Hardware” stocks expanded material in various patterns/metal-plastics & wood.
Before you cut material, test for IR interference. Sensor location is paramount.

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#3 posted 01-22-2011 03:17 AM

any interference is from blocking the signal, more open = fewer problems. they do make IR repeater kits. stick an emitter on each piece of equipment over the detector and a receiver on the out side of the cabinet,. could use a solid door, as long as you can provide ventilation!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#4 posted 01-22-2011 04:14 AM

I used chicken wire in my daughters new clinic.It sounds awful but looks really cool.Aviary wire is similar but half inch mesh rather than 1 inch.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 01-22-2011 04:33 AM

Outwater is a great place to find those hard to find products, they have great customer service and online catalog.

-- James

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#6 posted 01-28-2011 11:06 PM

Thanks to all who replied.

I decided to keep my existing doors and go with an IR repeater kit. I bought a “Remote Control Repeater Kit’, Impact Acoustics Model #40430 from Amazon for $43.83. I just noticed that the price has dropped to $29.99 at Amazon, so I’ll be talking to them about a refund.

Anyway, this IR repeater works great. Just plugged the various cables in, attached the IR receivers to my equipment and shazam, it all worked.

I added a rectangular vent and a small (4” diameter) silent equipment fan to the cabinet to help exhaust heat.

So far, so good, and all of my doors still look the same. Sweet!

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 03:10 AM

Billyboy Just keep an eye on the fan—They have a tendency to stop working after a while. you might consider two even, if one doesn’t keep cool enough—or to add redundancy, both (hopefully) wont seize at once!!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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