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.
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.
Until recently, whenever qualified personnel had the task of repairing or performing maintenance on electrical panels, they were required to put the entire thing back together each time they needed to walk away from it, whether or not the task was complete. While this ensured that other workers wouldn’t come along and tamper with the worksite or sustain accidental electrical or mechanical injury while the repair person was away, it meant that, overall, repair jobs took much longer – imagine having to repeatedly screw on and unscrew the protective cover, every single time you stepped away and returned. It could add hours to the job!
But now, thanks to TempCovers™ from Grace Engineering, work can be paused and resumed without wasting precious time fiddling with bolts and screws. Thanks to the fact that they’re bordered with magnetic strips, TempCovers™ protective placards instantly grip onto electrical boxes, and stay firmly in place while you’re away. And just so there are no misunderstandings with other personnel, the entire cover is emblazoned with danger signs and detailed warnings, so that even if you’re not there to fend them off, they’ll be fully aware of the potential danger of the situation. And when you return and are ready to pick up where you left off, all you need to do is pull off the cover and get back to work.
For additional protection, TempCovers™ are made of a UL classified flame-retardant material, and meet all applicable OSHA requirements.
It’s another Friday and I feel like ending the week on a high note, so I’m going to give all of you hardwood and laminate floor fans out there some good news. If you have floor cords to hide but don’t want to detract from your gorgeous wood-grain flooring with a plain plastic cord cover, then do I have the product for you. Meet the ChordSaver™ floor cord cover.
It may be made of heavy-duty PVC, but let me tell you, it looks just like wood. It’s available in Light Oak, Dark Oak, and Cherry wood grains to match most hardwood or laminate floors, but if none of those finishes work for you, you also have the option of a custom-stainable finish. ChordSavers™ also come in solid black, yellow, white, gray, and orange colors, which work great on tile or painted cement floors.
As you may have guessed from the spelling of its name, the ChordSaver was originally developed for use by musicians, both onstage and in the studio. One of the nice things about it is that it comes in lightweight, relatively slim 3-foot sections, so it’s great for bands and working musicians who need to constantly set up, break down, and transport equipment from one venue to the next. With ChordSavers™, you no longer need to have a roadie dedicated strictly to cord covers.
Okay, I’ve been focusing mainly on the unique looks of the ChordSaver™, but being that it’s first and foremost a utilitarian product, let’s focus on its functional aspects for a moment. Like I mentioned, ChordSavers™ are made of rugged PVC, which makes a nice, hard covering that protects cables from the foot traffic trampling over them. And pedestrians are protected as well, thanks to the high traction non-skid backing that keeps the cord covers from sliding around underfoot.
Running cable and hoses across the ground or floor in industrial facilities, parking lots, and high-traffic public places like convention centers and stadiums can be an expensive undertaking, especially if the cables and hoses aren’t properly protected. Save yourself the outrageous expense of cable replacement and liability costs by making a one-time investment in extra heavy duty cable protectors like those by Yellow Jacket®.
Yellow Jacket® cable protectors are made of a proprietary high density polyurethane called Durathane, which is formulated to stand up to heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic so that your cables are safeguarded against impact, abrasion and crushing even in the harshest conditions. To keep things neat and organized inside the cord cover, you’ll find anywhere from 1 to 5 channels, so you have the option to separate different types of cables from one another (say, power and data) or keep individual hoses and lines securely in place.
To reduce your slip-and-fall liability, the surfaces of Yellow Jacket® protectors have a molded-in diamond tread pattern that gives pedestrians plenty of traction as they cross over the cord covers. Yellow Jackets® interlock together with dog-bone shaped connectors, which, while they lock snugly together, have been specifically designed to simply disconnect when placed under extreme duress, instead of just snapping off and ruining the entire cable protector. That’s just another way these cord covers can save you money in the long run.
Just how long will your investment in Yellow Jacket® cable covers be good for? How does 2 decades sound? There are actually Yellow Jackets® on record that have been under constant heavy use for over 20 years, and they’re still intact and functional.
I’ve since moved into a workspace with wood laminate flooring, but the floor in my first office was covered in carpet — as well as a cable that stretched all the way from my coworker’s phone to the jack across the room. I’ll tell you, it’s pretty tough to glide gracefully across one’s office when a killer phone cord is laying in wait to ambush one’s unsuspecting feet. Okay, maybe I’m being a little overdramatic… but we did get snagged on a regular basis.
My office-mates and I tried to make things a little safer with a plastic dropover cord cover, but no luck — while you can usually apply a little double-sided tape to keep dropovers in place on smooth floors, that trick doesn’t work on carpet, and the thing just kept sliding around.
One day not long after, I was planning a project that resulted in the SafCord cord cover coming across my desk. It never had the chance to stray far from my desk after that, because I wasted no time in slapping it down over that phone cable running across the floor. “What is it about the SafCord,” I’m sure you’re asking, “that let it do the job no other cord cover could?”
First of all , it’s made specifically for loop-style carpets, the family of floor coverings to which the commercial-grade carpet on my office floor belonged (I should mention here that it also works on Berber and looped rugs). When you put it down, it doesn’t budge — not even if you vacuum over it. Yet you can pull the SafCord up at any time, without any sign that it had ever been there. Would you believe me if I told you that there is no adhesive involved? The magic that locks it into place on carpet is actually just the “hook” side of hook-and-loop, which grabs onto looped carpet fibers.
Other cool features include the fact that SafCord has a completely flat profile (because it’s made of Cordura Nylon fabric), can be cut to length with scissors, is machine washable, and can be reused countless times. Oh yeah, and it also hides cords and prevents you from tripping…