Filed under: Cord Covers, Tools and Cases, Workplace Safety
Ever picked up a heavy-duty polyurethane cable protector? They’re heavy – sometimes really heavy. Depending on its width and the amount of “ramp” area it has, a typical cord protector can range anywhere from 20 to 100 lbs. Granted, for that type of product, heft is a definite selling point, because it means that the cord protectors aren’t going to be pancaked or pushed around when pedestrians and vehicles go over them. But think about the fact that you almost never need just one cable protector, and that they’re often used on a temporary basis.
Add it all up, and that means some serious cable protector hauling every time you need to set up, break down, or just change configuration. Not that having to break a sweat every now and then is a bad thing, but seeing as how most cable protectors are at lease 3 feet long, they can be a little unweildy to schlep, considering their weight. Moving more than one at a time is, in most cases, not advisable. Now, I know that there are a few people out there (I may or may not be one of them) who think that making multiple trips is lame, and would rather overload themselves in the name of efficiency than have to go back a second or third time. These people tend to end up in pain shortly after entertaining these thoughts. These people need to get a cable protector transport cart.
You heard me. The Yellow Jacket Cord Protector Cart. It can hold up to 12 of the biggest and baddest cable protectors at once, but lets you roll them from Point A to Point B in comfort, instead of juggling them like an idiot and sweating like a pig. And in the event that you just need to store the cord covers for a while instead of immediately setting them up in another location, the cart doubles as the perfect storage rack. When it’s time to put the cable protectors back in action, just wheel them wherever you need them. I hate to say it, but sometimes the “lazy” way really does end up being the smarter way.
If you’ve ever wanted to build your very own parking lot, now’s your chance. I’ve never thought of speed bumps and parking blocks as something you can just go and order online, but we’ve just added them to the website, so I guess you can! Personally, I have no immediate use for parking lot fixtures, but I think it’s pretty cool that they’re easily available if the need ever arises.
While most of us are used to speed bumps and parking stops being molded out of concrete or asphalt, these Eagle products add a neat new twist to things because they’re made out of high-density polyurethane, and are both movable and reusable. This makes them perfect for temporary parking areas at schools, parks, and special events – you can custom-configure them to plot out traffic flow and parking, so everything is safer and a little more organized.
And here’s another thing I like about Eagle speed bumps that you won’t see with the run-of-the-mill asphalt kind: they also do double-duty as cable protectors! Each speed bump has 2 cable channels molded into its underside, so if you need to run power cords or other types of cables across a vehicle path, it’s no problem. Just cover the cables with the speed bumps, and they’ll be protected from crushing while you, at the same time, limit vehicles to a safe speed.
A decade in South Florida may not have gotten me a tan, but it did something even better: desensitized me to the presence of reptiles. A random gecko or two in the house? No problem. An iguana lumbering across my front walk? Bring it on. And a giant, bright-green anole in the backyard mango tree? Awesome!
I feel so liberated that I can now sleep at night, even knowing that there may be a lizard loose in the house (true, those geckos may be tiny, but still: progress is progress). There’s just one problem: even though I’m finally able to harmoniously coexist with lizards, I still have a major aversion to snakes. I’m not even talking about the various Asian and African pythons that are slowly strangling the life out of the Everglades. I’m taking about garter snakes. They’re generally puny and pathetic as far as slithering wildlife goes, but they keep trying to sneak into the house through my side door, and at that I take great offense.
Ever since I found that baby garter snake hanging out in the middle of my hallway late one Friday night, I’ve begun cringing involuntarily at the sight of anything that’s black and yellow striped and has a tendency to arrange itself in a wavy, s-like shape. I shiver to imagine such things. But I think I may have found something that will get me over that…
Strangely enough, it’s a cord cover, but one of a most peculiar sort. You know how garter snakes are slithery and striped with black and yellow in a bad way? Well, the SideWinder Cable Protection System is both of those things as well, but in a very, very good way.
Most cord protectors are rigid, and have the tendency to run only in straight lines unless you connect them with specially-manufactured angles and bends. Every twist and turn you make is extremely deliberate, and you have to plan ahead and purchase accordingly for them. But what if you could protect ground cables with something that was both incredibly tough and flexible, that you could just snake around obstructions as needed, without any special planning or parts. You can, with the SideWinder.
The SideWinder system is made up of a long line of articulating 1.5″ segments, which are hinged together to form a single, continuous cord protector. Need to round a corner or work around a column, platform, or other obstruction? No problem – just bend the SideWinder to follow any path, no matter how full of turns it may be. It can even be customized for length: just snap on or remove extra pieces, and you won’t be stuck with too much or too little coverage. Talk about great cable protection that won’t cramp your style…
Ever since I got into the cable management business, I’ve come to think of heavy duty cord covers as being essential wherever pedestrians, vehicles, and ground-level cables need to harmoniously coexist. They keep wires and hoses from the irreversible damage that happens when they’re trampled underfoot by pedestrians (or run over by carts, cars and trucks), and they protect people, too – any of you ever tripped over a power cord?
There’s just one small hitch – heavy duty polyurethane cord covers can require a hefty startup investment if you need more than a few. Say that you belong to a small organization (like a school, church, or not-for-profit organization) that needs to put on a special event. Say that at this special event, there will be power and data cords running all over the ground, to hook up speakers, computers, video displays, and maybe the odd cotton-candy machine or two. Add to those cables a bunch of event attendees who probably won’t be looking where they step, and you have some serious liabilities on your hands. You need industrial-grade cord covers to keep things safe, but don’t have the budget to actually purchase them. What do you do?
We realized that the Need vs. Cost issue can be a problem for some organizations, so we’ve come up with a solution: rentals. If your business is located in the greater Fort Lauderdale/Miami metro area, you now have the option to rent Electriduct Hawk cord protectors on a daily basis. No paying full purchase price or footing hefty shipping bills – just reserve the number of cord protectors you need, drop by our warehouse to pick them, and bring them back when you’re done. Be sure to check out the details – it’s an option you won’t want to pass up!
I can be so closed-minded sometimes – especially when it comes to Neoprene. All I have to do is hear or read the word, and I mentally immerse myself into sparkling turquoise waters and Cousteau-esque daydreams of teeming coral reefs, sea turtles, and schools of vibrant, darting fish. What’s the connection? Wet suits. Ever since my first trip to a dive shop at age 11 (I had to be “outfitted” for my super-cool snorkeling class at the YMCA), I’ve always associated Neoprene with scuba gear.
Well, I was recently shaken right down to my fins when I found out that these days, Neoprene is making its mark on the world of cord covers as well. That tidbit alone is enough to rock your world, right? Okay, I’m exaggerating, but you probably didn’t expect to hear that, did you? It’s nice to know I’m not the only one. Sooooooo, I bet you’re dying to hear all about the Neoprene cord covers that finally changed my viewpoint. Well then, I won’t keep you waiting.
The first thing that hit me about these cord covers is that they have a much nicer – shall we say more refined? – look than the average plastic cord cover. Secondly, they’re a lot easier to lay flat on the floor right out of the box. Plastic cord covers usually need a little coaxing to flatten out after they’ve been stored rolled up. That isn’t necessarily a problem, but it’s really nice that Neoprene cord covers don’t keep you waiting.
They also weigh practically nothing, because they’re basically just molded foam. But my absolute favorite feature is that they can be loaded from the top, through “secret” slits. I can practically feel you furrowing your brow over that one – I’ll explain. Standard flexible cord covers are typically slit lengthwise along their undersides, so that you can slip cables into the cord channel from the bottom. This is fine, it just means that you have to flip the entire cord cover over every time you want to add or remove a cable. These plastic cord protectors generally have a smooth, dome-like surface. Now for the Neoprene: these also have bottom slits, but hidden among what looks like decorative contouring on the upper surface are two additional lengthwise slits that actually let you top-load cables. You never need to flip the cord covers over unless you want to use the third channel – how easy is that?
Thanksgiving is over, Christmas fast approaches, and everywhere you turn, you’ll see red, green, and twinkling lights. It’s a wreath! It’s a Christmas tree! It’s a… Firefly® Cord Protector??? Yes, that’s right – while adjectives like “red,” “green,” and “twinkly” usually bring to mind objects of Yuletide cheer (to most normal people, at least), we Cord Covering Nerds at CableOrganizer.com hear those three descriptors in combination and tend to think of one of our newest cable protectors: the aforementioned Firefly®.
Now, before I start babbling on about its attributes, let me set one thing straight: the Firefly, despite its red and green and lights, is nowhere near as pretty as the wreath or Christmas tree that I just mentioned – or even the insect that it’s named after, for that matter. But you can take comfort in the fact that its looks are intentionally quirky, and for one of the best reasons out there: safety.
I should probably explain. Firefly® Illuminated Cable Protectors are designed for low-light environments, where a run-of-the-mill cord cover just wouldn’t be easy enough to see. That neon-green cover? Sure, it’s not a color that many of us would normally gravitate toward, but it turns out that green is the most visible color to the human eye, so that makes it a great pick. And those animated red LEDs? They just scream “look at me” – and that’s the point. After all, you’re trying to keep people from tripping in clubs, concert venues, and other dark places where a trip-and-fall accident would completely wreck an otherwise good time.
But Fireflies aren’t just good for warning pedestrian traffic of they’re presence – they’re also great at catching the eyes of drivers who need to maneuver their vehicles over them. That’s a really nice feature, considering that it’s not too pleasant, or safe, to unwittingly charge a cable protector at high speed (buckle your seat belt). A visible warning and adequate time to slow down are definitely nice things to have.
They’ve done it! Finally! A light-capacity cord cover that’s tough as nails, but still has the sense and decorum to actually blend in with tile and wood flooring. If you’re wondering why I’m so tickled by a mere cord cover, then you’ve got to understand how much of a step up this is. Up until recently, if you wanted to hide floor cables and prevent cord-related tripping hazards around the house, the go-to product was the run-of-the-mill flexible plastic cord cover. Not that there’s anything wrong with flexible cord covers, per se. They’re economical, easy to use, and generally speaking, they get the job done. The only thing is, they fit in much better with concrete floors and commercial-grade carpet than with, say, nice residential tile and hardwood floors.
So, as you can imagine, the Cable Shield is a very welcome addition to the cord cover world. To begin with, it’s tough. Instead of using flexible plastic, the Cable Shield lives up to its name through its rugged, unyielding PVC construction, which can withstand weights up to 661 lbs. So bring on the stomping pedestrians, the rolling furniture, and the moving carts – these babies can take it!
But despite the Cable Shield’s name and overall strength, it has (dare I say it?)…. a prettier side. A little something that makes it appeal to even picky decor people (don’t feel bad there, I’m one too). That’s all thanks to the good looking finishes it comes in – which include woodgrain (hardwood floors, anyone?), terracotta and brown (for the tile fans), as well as black. From now on, you’ll never have to trade in your decor for a little home safety and organization.
How did we ever get along before Con-Tact® paper? Before that smooth-on-one-side, sticky-on-the-other
vinyl “paper” on a roll appeared, what was covering our kitchen shelves, or lining our utensil drawers? I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, I didn’t exactly have access to a laminating machine, so clear Con-Tact® paper always saved the day whenever I had a particularly stunning art project that needed to be immortalized. Like I said, whatever did we do without it?
Up until a few weeks ago, I never really knew that Con-Tact® Paper came in a wood grain print — did you? It turns out that this less-seen pattern opens up even more possibilities than the regular clear and countryish floral patterns that you normally find at the store. We’ve found that wood grain Con-Tact® paper works particularly well for snazzing up/camouflaging otherwise blah-looking flexible plastic cord covers that are being used on hardwood or laminate flooring.
While there’s nothing wrong with solid-color cord covers per se, the hard truth is that sometimes you just don’t want them standing out against your shiny, cherry-stained flooring. Well, getting them to blend in has just become pretty darn easy. Just cut a strip of Con-Tact® paper that’s wide enough to span the cord cover and wrap a little bit around its edges, peel off the backing, and smooth it into place.
Today, we’re getting back to basics with Wiremold Cord Protectors. Not only are these a customer favorite, they’re also some of the simplest products we have for protecting cables around the house or at the office. If you’ve never used light-duty cord covers, they’re the perfect way to guard cables that run across walkways. The combination of cords and pedestrians can be a dangerous one, because your cables can be crushed beyond use if they’re trampled on too much, and also threaten to snag the feet of people who aren’t watching where they’re going. These flat-lying cord covers are made of flexible plastic, and are designed with an arched top that makes them easy to walk or pull an office chair (or small cart) over.
Using a Wiremold cord protector is incredibly easy – the flat bottom surface is slit all the way along it’s length, so you just slip cables through the center slit, turn the cord cover right side up, and lay it on the floor in any direction you need it to go in. If you really want the cord protector to get a good grip on the floor, you can apply double-sided tape along the bottom edges to help it stay in place.
Because no two cable-protecting jobs are exactly the same, you have a choice of lengths, so you’re covered in just about any situation. Wiremold cord covers come in 5, 10, 25, and 50-foot lengths, and can be further trimmed to size using just a utility knife or heavy duty scissors. You also have 3 neutral color choices (beige, black, and grey) to match just about any decor, or, if you want your cord covers to really stand out for safety, you also have the option of high-visibilty yellow.
Running heavy duty cord covers in closed construction zones or private warehouses is one thing, but if you’re planning on using them in public places, you’re going to have to think about ADA compliance. Heavy duty polyurethane cord covers are no problem for your average pedestrian to step over, but can be tricky, if not impossible, for individuals in wheelchairs to traverse. Because of this, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires high-capacity cord covers to be fitted with ramps and rails that ensure safe crossings for people who are physically disabled.
Luckily, these modular ramps aren’t just easy to obtain, they’re also very simple to install. Take Cross-Guard™ Modular ADA Compliant Access Ramps, for instance. They come in pairs ( to cover both the “up” and “down” slopes), and can be installed by just one person, no tools needed. The ramp sections just snap onto the cord covers, and stay in place. You’re left with smooth, gradual, high-traction slopes that provide smooth crossings for wheelchairs, strollers, carts, and pedestrians, too.
Just like the Linebacker® and Guard Dog® cord covers that they’re compatible with, Cross-Guard™ ADA ramps come in 36″ (3 foot) lengths, which makes things really easy, because you just have to order one set of ramps for every cord cover you need to make compliant – no extra measuring or calculations needed. As a finishing touch, the ramps can be bordered with accessory rails, which keep wheels (and feet) from slipping over the edges during crossings.