Functional but flawed design/mfg
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I purchased this for a wall mount inside my entryway coat closet/AV closet. The unit is made of soft steel and is Very heavy. Unfortunately, being soft steel, it has considerable flex. Obviously the mounting lag bolts had to match the wall studs so the bolts were not positioned optimally at the furthest mounting points (far left and far right). The closet dimensions and the rack swing prevented me from moving the rack to optimized bolt locations. The left bolt is thus about 8" from the left corner. This resulted in about 2-3mm deflection (bending away from the wall) when the rack is opened and about 1-2mm deflection when the rack is swung into the closed position. 1-2 mm doesn't sound like much but the rack is now distorted under it's own considerable weight + the weight of the shelves and heavy audio components. I cannot get the locking pin inserted into the top hole. There are only three solutions: 1) install 2"x8" wood blocking behind the drywall to mount the bolts closer to the corner; or 2) manufacture this wall mount hinge from a more robust ($$$) steel alloy that is more rigid; or 3) engineer the mounting plate in a manner that resists deflection better (cheapest solution).
Pros: Easy to install Compact swing range Attractive
Cons: Flexible Poor material for application