Over the past few days, there’s been a whole lot of Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach going on at my house. Every time I unthinkingly drop the remote or leave the room for a minute, the crazed Car Dude I’m married to jumps into action, changes the channel, lets his jaw drop ever so slightly, and gets his classic car auction on. Trying to switch back to another channel is pretty much a lost cause, so I’ve been getting eyeful after eyeful of sweet paint jobs, amazing body work, custom upholstery, and, of course, pristine engine bays.
Seeing that much order and spotlessness under the hoods of so many vehicles has gotten me thinking about one of the coolest wire looms we carry: Bentley-Harris Convoshield. To me, that name sounds kind of rugged and military, like maybe it’s a combo of “convoy” and (obviously) “shield.” But make no mistake: this stuff is pure bling. I’m talking about all-out, pimp-this-ride, so-shiny-it’ll-make-you-squint chrome action.
But Convoshield doesn’t just sit around and look pretty. It also has some down-and-dirty utilitarian factors, like its ability to protect engine bay wiring from dirt and chemicals, its unbelievable heat resistance (up to 1000°F!), and the fact that it just keeps things looking like a well-cared-for cut above, instead of a run-of-the-mill hot mess.
Despite its complete chrominess, Convoshield wire loom is actually made out of nylon copolymer base, which is overlaid with an ultra-reflective aluminum-based coating. The overall result is a knockout automotive loom that looks completely metallic, withstands a ton of abuse, and, according to those of our customers who are hardcore car guys, runs (or drives?) circles around any comparable product they’ve purchased in local auto part stores.
Convoshield isn’t limited to cars, though – we’ve also gotten quite a few happy reviews (and pictures) from motorcycle owners who have used it to take their bikes to a whole new level. Long story short: if you have something on wheels and want to make it look even hotter, just add some chrome Convoshield. Mission accomplished.
Drossbach Wire Loom Dispenser Boxes: All the Benefits of Wire Loom with None of the Storage Headaches
I love wire loom. It was one of the first cable management products I was ever exposed to, and it’s had a special place in my heart ever since. My admiration for the bendy stuff isn’t all sentimental, though: it just works. Wire loom is one of the easiest means of taming – and hiding – multiple cables all at once. Just cut it to the length you need, insert your cables through its side slit, and things are automatically neater and more organized. And did I mention that it’s cheap, too? There’s pretty much no way you can go wrong with split corrugated tubing…
…Unless, of course, you buy more than a few feet of it, in which case, it becomes extremely tricky to store. Not long after the first time I successfully organized the cables beneath my desk with it, I was scheduled to shoot some product demonstration videos for a website called NewBaby.com. I thought: “Hey, wire loom is great for childproofing cables!” and proceeded to add a nice 10-foot length of it to the box of cable management goodies that I’d be toting along to the studio.
Suffice it to say, in the 3 days that elapsed between my assemblage of demo products and the actual filming date, things got a little, well, untidy. That box of products did nothing but sit in the corner of my office, but somehow the wire loom managed to interweave itself with its box-mates, as well as start creeping out of the actual box – all by itself. It’s like it was alive; I’d coil it up around my arm until I though things were secure, carefully set it back in the box, and it would unfailingly loose itself again, like a twisted, slow-motion version of those practical joke snake-in-a-cans.
Which is why I’m feeling so enthusiastic about Drossbach’s wire loom dispenser boxes. Designed for people like installers and organizers who have an ongoing need for large amounts of wire loom, these boxes-o-loom each have a built-in spool, around which the wire loom is coiled, as well as a handy cutout that’s big enough to neatly dispense wire loom, but small enough to keep the tubing that you don’t need inside the box.
I hate to cut things short, but I think we’ve pretty much reached the “’nuff said” point. This is one of the only good ways I can think of to store any quantity of split wire loom on a shelf. It’s neat. It’s organized. It won’t make you tear your hair out. Maybe I should say it again: ’nuff said.
I’m a big fan of using split wire loom to organize cables – it’s flexible, super versatile, allows you to add in and break out cables anywhere along the way, and best of all, it’s extremely cost effective. It’s also very easy to install – you just work cables into its lengthwise slit, and before you know it, they’re organized and hidden from sight. There’s just one drawback – if you’re installing more than a few feet of it, your fingers can really tire out, and sometimes even feel a little raw. I know, I’ve been there.
The first time I used wire loom to manage some workstation cables, I started the project out with my bare hands. But after I began feeling the resulting symtoms (the same ones I mentioned above), I simplified things by using a wire loom tool instead.
The first time I laid eyes on a wire loom tool, I found myself thinking “how the heck is this thing going to help?” All that met the eye was a weird molded piece of plastic with a hinge running down the center – when it was in its unused state, it’s shape reminded me a lot of fighter jet wings. Like I said, weird, right?
It’s actually brilliant. As it turns out, when you fold that oddly-shaped piece of plastic around a bundle of cables, it completely encloses them in a channel, the leading edge of which forms a fin-shaped point that fits right into a wire loom slit. Once inserted into the loom, you just zip the tool down the length of the wire loom, pulling the cables along behind it.
The whole operation only takes seconds, and you’ll find that your fingers aren’t any worse for the wear. And do you want to know the best part? It’s free with any wire loom purchase from CableOrganizer. com.
So, what does it look like underneath your desk? For longer than I care to admit, the floorspace below my desk was completely covered with knotted-up computer, peripheral, and telephone cords. In addition to those cables making my workspace look terrible, they also kept my feet in a constant state of near strangulation. Call me crazy, but you should never lose a shoe to your computer cords when trying to get up from your desk.
It didn’t take me long to catch my limit of the under-desk cable jungle, and I decided to take control with wire loom. Wire loom is a flexible tube-like product, which is usually slit along it’s length to make cable insertion quick and easy. The whole idea is to neatly gather cables together and cover them with wire loom, so that instead of a tangled mass you just have a sleek bundle. Check out the difference between our before and after photos:
Wire loom isn’t only for computer-related cables — it’s also a great product for snazzing up custom car engine bays while protecting wiring and hoses from engine fluids and abrasion.