Filed under: Cable and Wire Storage, Cable Bundling, Cable Management, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets, Cable Wraps, Cables and Wires
When it comes to protecting your everyday electronic cables it may seem a little daunting to say the least. Although it doesn’t have to be with cable sleeving. Cable sleeves are a specially design cover which is designed to be threaded over the cabling to create a protective barrier between your cable and the damaging object. Installing a cable sleeve is easy. Here are some tips when looking to purchase cable sleeving for your electronic cables.
Tips When Choosing Cable Sleeving
Tip #1 – Choose the Proper Sleeve: It may sound like common sense although choose the proper sleeve will go a long way to completing the application in a fast and easy manner. When choosing, work out whether you will be threading it over the cable or wires or whether you have to wrap it around your wires.
- Wrap Around: You can purchase cable sleeving which features a slit down one side which is able to easily be wrapped around the cable effortlessly. This type is perfect for larger cable applications which can’t be undone at both ends.
- Threaded: Threaded sleeving is ideal for the loose cables where both or one end is exposed. You can easily slip the cables through the sleeving providing a fast installation.
Tip #2 – Size: Size is also an important factor when choosing your cable sleeving. You don’t want to buy sleeving that is too small or too large to fit on your application. When choosing the size you will need to measure around your cable with a measuring tape and choose one that is slightly a little bigger than the measurement to be able to slip it over the cable with ease.
Tip #3 – Colour: Although it may not seem obvious but choosing the right colour can also go a long way when choosing the right cable sleeving for your application. The colour can provide a cleaner and more professional look to your application when matched correctly. It can also blend into the background depending on your application.
So if you are looking to purchase cable sleeving for your wiring applications, why not take some of these tips into consideration to ensure you purchase the right one for your cable setup.
Filed under: Cable and Wire Storage, Cable Bundling, Cable Management, Cable Pulling, Cables and Wires
Have you ever been on a job site and had trouble with unwinding your cable or wire reel to find that it just tangles and your job takes twice as long? Well if you have ever been in this situation then you may just need the LSDI DeCoil-Zit™ Reel Holder.
What Is the LSDI DeCoil-Zit™ Reel Holder
The LSDI DeCoil-Zit™ Reel Holder is a specially designed holder which is ideal for holding and unwinding your cable reels in a convenient and productive manner which can help save you time and money on the job site.
The Benefit of the LSDI DeCoil-Zit™ Reel Holder
Benefit #1 – Portable: Because of its compact and easy to assemble and disassemble design, this reel holder is capable of providing high portability for a variety of different applications. This reel holder is lightweight and can easily be carried from one location to another with ease.
Benefit #2 – Construction: To make things even better, this portable cable reel holder is also able to provide high supporting capabilities with its high strength construction. This cable holder is designed to hold up to 300lbs and is constructed with high strength tempered steel which allows for it to last under demanding and challenging applications.
Benefit #3 – Scratch Resistant Feet: Not only does this reel holder provide a convenient and compact size, it can also be used on a variety of surfaces with its anti-slip rubber feet. This helps to keep it from sliding and slipping when in use and provides a safer method of unwinding cables without scratching the floor in any way.
So if you need a way to hold your reels for easy unwinding of cables then why not try the LSDI DeCoil-Zit™ Reel Holder and notice the difference with how fast you can complete your job. Great for all sorts of small cable applications, this reel holder will definitely make your wire and cable installation much faster and easier.
Filed under: Cable and Wire Storage, Cable Management, Cable Wraps
Where there are large applications of cables within industrial areas it can be difficult to carry all the cord protectors you need to the one location in a convenient and time friendly way. Well with the RampRunner Cord Protector Transport Carts you can easily transport all the cord protectors you need to the one place quickly and easily. Here are just some of the perks of using cord protector transport carts.
The Advantages Of Using Cord Protector Transport Carts.
Advantage #1 – Holding Capacity: Just when you thought you couldn’t hold it all, these cord protector transport carts are capable of holding and transporting up to 36 cord protectors at the one time. With a high holding capacity such as this you can easily cover your cords in a professional and quick manner without jeopardizing time.
Advantage #2 – Reduces Labor Costs: Just what any business owner needs is the lowering of overall costs. These cord protector carts are able to easily lower your labour cost because they can help to get the job done quickly and easily without having to make multiple trips which can be beneficial for your overall budget.
Advantage #3 – High Construction: Designed to handle the most toughest of use, these transport carts are constructed from tubular sturdy steel which can support the weight of multiple cords covers at the one time. The cart is designed to not break or bend under pressure which makes it suitable for a variety of heavy wear and tear applications.
So if you need a high quality and well constructed cable protector transport cart to help get the job done faster and more cost effectively, then why not see the benefits of what a RampRunner Cord Protector Transport Cart can do for your business. Ideal for protecting the cable protectors along with the female connectors, this cart can easily get all your cords protectors to your job site in no time at all.
Filed under: Cable and Wire Storage, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets
Congratulations all – we’ve made it through another week, and it’s time to celebrate our soon-to-start 3 day Memorial Day weekend with some cinematic fun. Personally, I’m eyeing Men in Black 3, but before heading to the megaplex to escape the 90+ degree heat, there are a few other pre-summer blockbusters to talk about: a couple of our newest product demo videos on YouTube. Roll ‘em!
Brush Grommets: Video Production Dude Fernando is back in front of the camera this week, talking about a few of our stylish and practical brush grommets. Here’s why you should watch: lots of us have grommets in our desktops to control cables and give them a safe pass-through point, but brush grommets take things to the next level. If you’ve ever had a disconnected cable slip back through a grommet and land under or behind your desk, you know how annoying it can be to retrieve it. Brush grommets solve that problem because their cable openings are lined with flexible bristles that conform to cables and don’t give connectors empty space to fall through. That, and these particular grommets look really nice, too.
How to Store Cables with the Reel-A-Pail®: Check out Tiffani’s video demonstration of how to store extension cords and other cables with the Reel-A-Pail® Quickwinder™ – it may look like just a bucket, but it’s so much more. The Quickwinder stashes a cord reel neatly inside a covered heavy duty bucket, so that you can coil up cables on the job and keep them neat and protected while you’re not using them. You’ll even find out how to fasten it to truck beds and other structures for really tough use.
When you’ve got a job to do, it pays to have the right tools – take it from the person who once tried to pound in a stray trim nail with a screwdriver handle when a hammer wasn’t immediately available (poor screwdriver). I’m a big proponent of not only having the proper tools, but also keeping them in such a way that they stay in good condition and are easily accessible when you need them. And that’s why, even though I personally never need to store cable reels, I’ve recently become a big fan of the Spoolmate™ Wire Dispenser Cart and Storage System.
The Spoolmate combines some of the most functional elements around (high capacity storage, mobility and ease of use) into one genius, wheeled wire dispenser that may not look too exciting, but really is something special. To quote Guy Fieri of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, “here’s the kicker” – whereas most wire reel carts rely on axles to hold spools of cable in place, the Spoolmate lets you get away from the hassle of moving axles every time you need to change out or reposition a spool of cable.
This is all thanks to a patented spring-loaded lever that lets you load and unload cable reels that are 6.5 inches or less in diameter without them ever touching an axle. Instead, they’re stored in a section that’s surrounded by retaining bars that hold the spools (up to 5) in a neat line but still allow them to spin freely when you need to dispense wire. No hoisting down an entire axle, removing and reconfiguring all the spools and then fighting to get it back in place – just move the spring-loaded retaining bar with one hand, add or remove a cable reel with the other, and you’re done.
One other extremely cool thing about the Spoolmate is the optional companion Spool-Aid™ spool repair system that goes with it. Designed to prevent you from having to pitch spools every time their end plates are damaged, the Spool-Aid kit comes with sturdy replacement discs that zip into place with a single screw to cover the damaged original disc and restore your spool to like-new condition. Awesome.
Reel-A-Pail Quickwinder: The Fast-Action Cable Winder That Puts a Protective Shell Around Stored Cables
I’ve pretty much had it with the old “thumb-crook-to-elbow” cable wind, because even though that old standby is a fast and easy way to turn a long cord into a smallish bundle, I’ve found that in most cases, the cable loops tend to mingle a little too closely, and end up tangled anyway. Sheesh.
So I switched to assorted winders and cable reels, which were great until my husband found out the hard way that reeled cords hanging out on a trailer can come loose when jostled around too much, causing the plug-end of a much-needed extension cord to hang over the side and bounce along the road asphalt in such a way that said plug arrives at its destination looking like someone tried to put it down a garbage disposal. Sheesh again.
I had been beginning to think that cord reels have to be stowed in protective boxes or similar to prevent the cables wrapped around them from unwinding, being scratched up, getting wet or becoming encrusted in dirt, but not to long ago, I ran into I new type of cord winder that’s put a glimmer of hope on the horizon: the Reel-A-Pail® Quickwinder™.
As you’ve probably already guessed, the Reel-A-Pail involves both a reel and a pail, and is indeed quick at winding cables. Just think of it as a heavy-duty cable reel that’s encased in a bucket-like outer shell that keeps stored cable perfectly contained, and protects it from the ravages of dirt, moisture, abrasion and impact. That’s what I’m talking about!
One of the things that I like so much about Reel-A-Pail is that it’s all-inclusive (a package deal that doesn’t require any extra add-ons for complete functionality/protection), comes in several styles and sizes to suit almost any need, and is even versatile when you get down to specific models, as each type can accommodate a range of cable types and sizes. It terms of portable cable storage and organization, you really can’t go wrong.
Depending on which model you choose, the Reel-A-Pail Quickwinder either comes with a flat base that can be bolted down to a trailer, truck bed or floor, or a handy built-in wheeled cart that lets you roll substantial loads of cable wherever they may be needed.
Filed under: Cable and Wire Storage, Desk Cable Organizers, Desks and Workstations
Ah, under-desk cable managers. I’ve always like them in concept, but it seems like they’ve missed the mark (just a little) in one way or another every time I’ve tried to put them into action. There was one where I just couldn’t get the finished product to look anywhere near as neat and attractive under my desk as it did in the picture on the box, and there was another one that looked terrific once installed, but had a very easy to move lid that couldn’t stand up to my accidental kicks and knee-bumps. Since then, I’ve pretty much relegated myself to tried-and-true wire loom, cable ties and adhesive cord clips. But I just met a new under-desk organizer, and I think that I may finally be ready to cable manage again.
The new cord tamer in my life is named the Cable Corral, and I love it for its simplicity. It’s basically just a steel basket that mounts to the underside of your desktop, giving you a place to stash power strips, peripherals and long cables out of sight – without affecting your connectivity. This is great for antsy desk-dwellers like me, who need to frequently stretch their legs below-desk throughout the day to avoid both muscle atrophy and general insanity. It’s always nice to be able to do this without getting a foot caught in a pile of cable slack, or accidentally kicking a power supply.
And installation is so easy – the Cable Corral screws right into the underside of your desk, and then you just pile in everything you want to keep clear of the floor and out of sight. No need to precisely bundle or wind cords, no cover malfunctions – just stash your stuff, and let your feet enjoy the newfound wide open roaming space where there was none before.
Filed under: Cable and Wire Storage, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets, Cable Wraps
I’ve been catching up with some of the newer cable tie-like products that have recently made it into our inventory, and there’s one in particular that’s especially versatile: the Wrap N Strap®. Oddly enough, it first caught my eye because I thought it looked like a hospital bracelet. Hmmmmmm.Yes, I know that that’s probably a bizarre association to make, but don’t let that weird you out. I’ll admit that I’m a consummate white-coat phobic, but the colors that these cable straps come in are so fun and cheery that they pretty much killed any negative medical-related vibes right off the bat. Probably took that a little too far… suffice it to say that these look kind of like hospital ID bracelets, but not in a bad way.
That said and done with, Wrap N Strap cord organizers do fasten like a hospital bracelet… you know, with a little round plastic fastener that pops through one of a series of holes? But unlike a patient ID bracelet, these can actually be removed without scissors. This easy removability factor is great for two reasons. First, when it comes to unbundling cables from standard zip ties, it can be a little iffy to introduce a sharp pair of scissors into the mix: it may be your intent to only snip through the cable tie, but if you’re not careful, you can nick or cut through a cable as well. And secondly, the fact that Wrap N Straps can be removed without being destroyed means that you can reuse them – always a smart choice for those looking to save a little money or cut down on waste in general.
I’m sure that by now you’ve caught my drift that Wrap N Straps® work great on cables, but they also play nicely with rope, bungee cord, chain, Christmas lights… pretty much anything in strand form that you’d want to neatly bundle up and store. And remember those fun colors I mentioned earlier? They make these perfect for color-coding.
Filed under: Cable and Wire Storage, Cable Pulling, Tools and Cases
How is it that so many times, the simplest things can be the most useful? Sure, you can get plenty of cool gadgets that have GPS, lasers, Internet connectability and every other high-tech feature out there, but sometimes what you really need is just some bent metal tubing and a couple of wheels. After all, electronics are great, but they’re not going to get you too far when you’re trying to schlep cable reels from one place to another.
If you’re still scratching your head over the “bent metal tubing” comment and wondering what on Earth that has to do with transporting spools of wire, let me explain. I recently came across the ReelCraft® Side Mount Cart Handle, and I have to say that despite it’s simplicity, it’s really pretty smart. Fully-loaded cable reels can be pretty unweildy to just hoist up and carry around, so it just makes sense to have what is essentially a wheel-equipped handle that attaches to the spool and lets you just push or pull it around.
The Side Mount Cart Handle is 42 inches tall, so when you use it, there’s no bending involved. You just grab on to any point that’s comfortable for you, and and enjoy the lack of back strain. Add to that a couple of smooth-rolling semi-pneumatic tires, and your job just got a whole lot easier. As for how it works, simple: you just attach it to the side of a reel, and you’re ready to rock.
Filed under: Cable and Wire Storage, Tools and Cases
It’s only 10 days until Santa Claus comes screeching into town, and as we start the final countdown, I thought it might be fun to highlight a few of our more Christmassy products. I realize that I’ve already brought up Christmas in earlier posts (I got way ahead of myself in that respect), but there are still a few interesting items that can be very helpful during the Yuletide season.
Only yesterday I was mulling over the things that post-holiday cleanup entails, and the Two-Spool Cable Storage Bag (or Twinkle Light Keeper, as I like to think of it) came instantly to mind. Now, I feel like I’ve used this anecdote far too many times for different things, but it involves a classic Christmas movie, so I’m just going to go for it. Remember in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, when Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) decides to deck the house out in “25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights”? He unloads a beach ball-sized knot of Christmas lights on his young and reluctant son, Russ (Johnny Galecki), with a dismissive “You can work on that.” This scene is pretty funny as it plays out onscreen, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that it’s one you don’t want to recreate in real life. That’s where the nifty Two-Spool Bag comes into play.
The entire concept of the bag is so simple, but it prevents some pretty major decorating and post-holiday storage headaches. That’s because when you open it up, you’ll find two cable reels on stands, each of which allows you to spool up to 100 feet of mini Christmas lights. Imagine having 200 feet of holiday lights stored tangle-free inside a bag that measures only 15 x 6 x 11.25 inches! You may have had to unsnarl things this year, but decking the halls should be a whole lot merrier the next time around.