Why You Should be Excited About Flat Cables

February 28, 2014 by · 3 Comments
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If you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered why we pack our electrical material in these tube-shaped conduits we refer to as “cables”. You’re probably not like me though, because that’s kind of a weird thing to wonder. But seriously, when you think about it, why a tube? It’s actually pretty cumbersome, and it doesn’t look all that great either. It’s not particularly easy to hide, and takes up a fair bit of physical space. But what if…there was another way?

ENTER FLAT WIRE AND TAPERWIRE

Taperwire Cat 5 cable

It really FLATTENS the competition…GET IT?!

Flat cables are totally a thing you can buy right now! Instead of bundling the copper wire into a braid and running it through a tube, flat cables runs foil thin copper wire that’s essentially, well, flat. Think of them as that unpopular, socially awkward kid at the school dance who just blends into the wall (or as I like to call him, “me”). They can conform to just about any level surface, and can be bent to wrap around corners without damaging them or affecting performance at all. Right now, two different companies market flat cables: Taperwire and Flatwire. CableOrganizer currently offers both brands.

VERSATILITY

Flatwire Home Theater set-up

Watch as I make these cables…disappear!

So, what can these flat cables be used for? Glad you asked. Well, I’m assuming you asked, and it makes me glad to think you did. There are currently a ton of different flat cables available for your wiring needs, including audio, video, HDMI, data, and low-voltage lighting. It’s great for home or office, and can really streamline a home theater system that’s overgrown with a bunch of cable vines. That thing looks like the ruins of an ancient castle. Bring it into the 21st century with some flat cables and impress all your friends. It’s also compatible with existing round wire, if you absolutely have to involve some of those wormy things in your set up.

NINJA VANISH!

Flat cables are not only pretty much flush with any level surface, but they’re also adhesive, which means they can easily be installed on whatever flat surface you like by just peeling and pressing. As I said before, it can be bent to suit your needs; no corner is too corner-y. Once it’s set in place, all you need to do is paint over it, and the cable becomes virtually indistinguishable from the surface itself! Far less noticeable than that bug that you accidentally painted over the last time you gave your wall a fresh coat. I can still see him there, like a little six-legged Han Solo frozen in Sherwin Williams Carbonite.

insect in carbonite

Kill…meeee…

ELIMINATES TRIP HAZARDS

Beyond looking totally ugly on your wall, standard cables are also super annoying when they have to travel across the ground, because inevitably someone’s gonna come walking by, texting on their smartphone or whatever, and stumble right over your painfully three-dimensional cable. Then woops: broken phone, broken nose, and lawsuits a-plenty.

jennifer lawrence falling down

Oh J-Law…is there anything you CAN’T make adorable?

In this day and age you really can’t assume anyone is looking where they’re going, and don’t think signs are going to help; nobody reads those. Why, I myself just recently walked into one of those big metal cables they use to brace telephone poles…you know, the ones with the…well look, it’s not really important. And it wasn’t me, it was some other, less cool guy. Anyway, the whole trip hazard debacle is easily eliminated by installing some awesome flat cables on your floors, which are nigh untrippable thanks to their ultra-thin nature and adhesive backing. They can even be run under carpeting, if you’re one of those cutting edge folks who still has a bunch of carpeting everywhere. How are those stains working out for you?

TRIED AND TRUE

I’ve only recently discovered the existence of flat cables, but it turns out things can exist without me knowing about them. In fact, flat cables have been around for a good long while. Taperwire was developed in 1987 by Ron Fuller, and has been available in one form or another since 1991. Flatwire, meanwhile, was conceived by Robb Sexton in 1986, patented in 1995, and has been on the market since 2004. What I’m saying is, it’s not some fly-by-night fad, it’s the real deal. Seriously, I’m sitting here scratching my head wondering why we even have round cables anymore. I mean I suppose that was fine for Cavemen to power their stone television sets or woolly mammoth vacuum cleaners (The Flintstones is historically accurate, right?), but here and now we should really be past such prehistoric limitations, don’t you think?

mammoth vacuum cleaner

It’s a living.

DRAWBACKS

Well…perhaps we still have a ways to go. Do you remember when I mentioned “low voltage” lighting up there? Go check if you don’t, or just take my word for it. That qualifier is important, as high voltage flat cables aren’t in existence just yet. HDMI flat cables are also pretty new, with Taperwire’s being a fairly recent release, and Flatwire’s version not being available at this time. Also, the highest CAT cable available is Taperwire’s Cat5e, with Flatwire’s Cat6 currently just as imaginary as their HDMI. (For more info on CAT cables, check out this article).

They’re also not cheap. Though they’re quite convenient, it comes at a price, literally. On the other hand, think how much you’ll save on all the additional items you’d have to buy to hide and trip-proof all your unsightly round cables? With that in mind, the price becomes a bit easier to stomach. It’s certainly cheaper than a lawsuit should anyone in your office trip over a wayward wire bundle, and the aesthetic benefit to your home entertainment set-up is hard to ignore. Plus, it’s not like you can just make your own…

steamroller clip art

…or can you?

No. No you can’t.
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How to take the perfect #Selfie

November 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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#measure2-cut1 how to take perfect selfies

#measure2-cut1 how to take perfect selfies

Wondering how to take the perfect Selfie? Here are 7 great tips for how to make the partnership between you and your camera.

 

Seven tips for the perfect selfies:

1. Be confident.

2. Take a picture of yourself first with the front facing camera.

3. Make sure you have good lighting

4.  Make sure nothing weird is going on in the background. Also if it’s in your bathroom, put away the drying underwear.

5. Steady your arm

6. Take a couple of photo’s. Don’t be afraid to take more than one photo, so you can choose the best one.

7. Use the filters on your phone to edit.

The Number 1 Reason Refrigerators are returned?

November 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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#measure2-cut1 refrigerator measuring for your home

#measure2-cut1 refrigerator measuring for your home

The number 1 reason refrigerator’s are returned back to the store is because it doesn’t fit the space at home.

 

How to avoid this mistake? Here are the questions you must answer before going out to buy a refrigerator

1. Measure twice, buy once

2. Mark out any restricting obstacles, larger fridges have a wider door swing while double door side-by-side refrigerators have narrower doors.

3. How much space do you need? Is Energy saving a priority? What about a Water and Ice Dispenser? Will you need door bins sized for gallon milk jugs?

4. And most importantly, an easy delivery and return option offered by the store.

How to choose the perfect toilet model for your bathroom

October 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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#measure2-cut1 toilet installation for small spaces

#measure2-cut1 toilet installation for small spaces

Getting it right for small spaces #Measure2-Cut1.

How to choose the perfect toilet model for your bathroom, here are 2 great tips:

1. Measure your available space. That means mark out with gaffers tape walking area, and door opening area to see how much available space you have to install your toilet.

2. Consider your other options. There are a wide range of toilets, with different efficiency an eco-friendly options. In fact you can even choose flush power, toilet height, bowl shape and wall mounted.

3. Enjoy!

Spelling is extra important when you are getting a tattoo.

October 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Measure Twice, Cut Once. Spelling is extra important when you are getting a tattoo.

#measure2-cut1 for tattoos

Getting it right

Choose your tattoo SOBER. Google the text or type it into a word document and hit spell check. Print it out then take it to your tattoo artist for a consult. Consults are free, it’s the tattoo that costs money. Read it over and decide the next week. Yes, wait a whole week before you get it. That way you can catch any errors and you’ll know spontaneity and impulse didn’t give you a permanent spelling error.

Re-purpose your old kitchen sink for the hobbyist gardener

October 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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#measure2-cut1 re purpose your old kitchen sink in the garden

Wondering how to keep your hands clean while you’re getting dirty in the garden?

Getting it right

Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom? Why not re-purpose your old kitchen or bathroom sink as convenient outdoor wall sink. It will provide the perfect place re-potting plants and seedlings, washing just harvested vegetables and of course washing used garden tools before putting them away.

Short on space? Not the gardening type? Or no sink available? There are also hose reel holders to suit any garden wall.

 

 

The Advantages Of The Calamari Surge Protector

September 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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surge protector Just when you thought a home theatre surge protector couldn’t get any cooler, the PowerSquid® Calamari Home Theatre Surge Protector will definitely turn heads. Not only does this device have high surge protection properties but it also resembles that of a squid like creature in appearance. Created to handle up to 2520 joules, this surge protector is capable of handling some of the most dangerous power surges there is and is great for any home theatre systems.

The Advantages Of The PowerSquid Calamari Surge Protector

Advantage #1 – Safety and High Connection: Created to handle up to 2520 joules, this surge protector is capable of handling some of the most dangerous power surges there is and is great for any home theatre systems. The design features a PureStream filter along with an audible alarm which ensures that all your gear is always protected at all times. It can also be used to provide high connection for DSL dial up and coaxial cables allowing for it to easily provide high versatility within any of your home theatre applications.

Advantage #2 – Swivel Plug: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, this surge protector provides a convenient and versatile swivel plug end. This swivel plug means that you can easily connect this device into any wall outlet behind furniture or desk due to its 360° swivel flat profile. It can be turned to suit tight spaces making it suitable for limited room applications.

Advantage #3 – Light Up Plugs: Not only does this clever device protect against surges it also features 2 blue neon plugs which are perfect for finding in dark spaces. Because of this blue light they are able to promote increased visibility which is especially great if you are in an emergency and need to find the surge protector in a hurry.

So if you want a surge protector that not only handles the demanding pressure of your theatre system safety, but also looks cool at the same time, then look no further than the PowerSquid Calamari Surge Protector for all your home theatre safety needs.

Benefits Of 3M™ X30/X30N/X35N Digital Projectors

September 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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digital projectorsProjectors have been around for a long time, although with upcoming innovations and new advancements in the field of technology the world has welcomed new digital projectors which are great for a number of different reasons. Projectors such as the 3M™ X30/X30N/X35N Digital Projectors are a great choice for business or work applications and can easily provide a number of benefits that will make your presentation or working environment easier to handle.

Benefits Of 3M™ X30/X30N/X35N Digital Projectors

Advantage #1 – Clearer Images: One of the first benefits of having a digital projector is that with the updated technology they are capable of creating clearer and more detailed images that will benefit your presentation or viewing. Now you can easily watch or view detailed images or movies clearly and impress your boss at work by providing a professional appearance to you and your work.

Advantage #2 – Power Saving: Another great thing about a digital projector is that it is designed to offer lower power consumption than other models. Newer models such as the 3M™ X30/X30N/X35N Digital Projectors provide eco-friendly operation which helps to save energy and money.

Advantage #3 – Universal: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better this digital projector also features a universal power adapter which makes it suitable for use in any location all around the world. It is ideal for taking with you on very important business or conference meeting trips and is able to deliver reliable use each and every time.

Advantage #4: – Customizable: With its unique design, this digital projector offers a personal input souring name which makes it perfect for you to customise your input devices such as an iPod, laptop and more. It provides easy adaption and connection of other devices and promotes high operation capabilities when used.

So if you are in business or you just need a high quality digital projector, why not take a look at the 3M™ X30/X30N/X35N Digital Projector and see just how many benefits you can get out of this one device.

Tips To Choosing Motion Activated Security Lights

September 4, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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Motion Activated Security LightsSecurity is important no matter where you live and keeping your family safe it also just as important. There are many different ways to keep your family safe and these can include security cameras, security alarms, or the use of motion activated security lights. Motion activated security lights hold a lot of benefits for many home and business owners and can provide an asset to anyone who may looking for that little extra security each and every day. Here are some simple tips to consider when looking to purchase motion activated security lights for your home.

What You Need To Consider When Buying Motion Activated Security Lights

Tip #1 – Waterproof: The first thing to consider is to make sure the security light is suitable for outdoor conditions in direct weather changes if you are placing it in areas that are exposed. Security lighting that is going to be exposed to the elements will need to have an IP rating of 44 and up. This rating is designed to tell you whether the light is waterproof and weatherproof. Lights that are to be installed undercover, under awnings and away from water and other elements can have a lower IP rating although it is important that the light stays away from wetness at all times.

Tip #2 – Detection Range: The next things to consider are the detection range needed. The detection range allows the sensor light to activate and highlight an area when movement is detected within its sensing range. Depending on the light the detection range can be anywhere between 20ft to 50ft or more. Security lighting such as the Motion Activated Security Lighting offers a detection range of 53ft which makes it perfect for driveways and other long distance applications. Motion Activated Security Lights

Tip #3 – How Many You Need: Another thing to consider is the amount of security lighting devices you will need. This can easily be determined by the size of the house and the area that you wish to have covered. These lights can be placed on each corner of the house, near the garage, or near the front steps or along a driveway. The more security lights positioned around the home the more illumination is created causing increased visibility of trespassers.

So if you are looking to purchase security lighting for your home or business, why not take some of these tips into consideration when you want to install the right security light for your needs.

 

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Test Your Power Usage With A Power Meter

August 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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power meterSick and tired of having high electricity bills each time? Well with the Kill A Watt™ power meter you can now calculate the electricity costs of your appliances each day of the year. This power meter is great for home use and allows you to easily keep your power bills under control. With so many different yet simple features you will be able to work out if an appliance is using up more power than needed.

Save Money And Power With a Kill A Watt Power Meter

This power metre reader provides an easy to use and read LCD display which features volts, kilowatt hours, watts, amps, Hz, and VA. It can easily help to forecast the costs over the coming year and is designed to provide an accurate rating by up to 0.2%.

With a simple to use design it can accommodate for any 115V electric appliance to be plugged in and can easily read the power consumption of what the device is using. The benefit of this is that you can work out which appliances and devices are making your power bill more than what it needs to be.

It can easily provide a simple to operate design which features easy to press buttons which signify the specific rating. It also comes power meter 2with a 6 month warranty, and is designed with an ETL listing. This power meter can also check the quality of power by monitoring the line frequency, power factor, and the voltage to ensure that your power supply is running at full capacity.

So if you have high power bills that need to be lowered, why not try the Kill A Watt™ power metre.  With rising power bills and living costs, why not save yourself some money today and spend it on the things you love.

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