Cable ties come in a variety of different types, colours, and designs to choose from. But with so many on the market, how do you know which ones are the best choice for you? Well don’t fret, here are some simple tips to help you choose the right cable tie option for your cable or wire application.
Tie Your Cables With A Cable Tie Option
When it comes to choosing the right cable tie for your wire or cable setup there are a few things you need to take into consideration. These are:
- Strength: Cable ties come in a variety of different strengths to handle certain cable installations. When choosing, think about what types of cables or wires you will be bundling together. For home use plastic or nylon cable ties may be the best choice. For larger commercial or industrial cables which may be permanently placed, stainless steel cable ties would be the best option.
- Temporary or Permanent: When choosing, another thing to consider is whether the cable installation is going to be permanent or placed temporarily. For temporary cable tie installations it is best to use a reusable cable tie option. These ties are designed to be unhooked and removed when needed. Permanent installations may require a more permanent holding solution. This is where a normal cable tie option comes in handy which can be pulled and secured permanently.
- Size: Size is also another thing to consider when choosing a cable tie option. The size of the cable tie option is important as too small of a tie either won’t fit or cause constriction around the cables. Make sure you purchase one that is a little longer which can fit snuggly around the cables. Measuring the thickness of your cable bundle is a good idea to get a rough estimate of what is needed.
- Material: Depending on where the cable tie option will be used will depend on the type of material it is made from. It is best to choose a cable tie that can handle any wear and tear. For exposure to the elements or water a stainless steel or metal cable tie may be best. For indoor use for smaller cable setups a plastic or nylon cable tie is a good option.
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.