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Old September 12th, 2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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Cable wrap for homemade snake

Can someone recommend a product for binding together a number of cables in order to make a snake?
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Old September 12th, 2014, 11:29 AM   #2
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Techflex Braided Sleeving Solutions
Techflex is available from Parts Express and other electronics suppliers.
A/V supplier Markertek.com (Saugerties NY) carries it as well.
http://audio-video-supply.markertek....rch#w=Techflex
I personally don't have that much experience with it but it's highly regarded by folks who make custom cables. It's very durable and available in many colors.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 11:40 AM   #3
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Thanks as always Rick. I was also looking for something that you could wrap around pre-built XLR and other cables as a quick way to bind them together and make a temporary snake. I have heard of such a product but can't for the life of me remember what it is called.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 12:17 PM   #4
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Re: Cable wrap for homemade snake

Something like these:
Cable Tidy Tube Black 32mm x 1.1m | Cable Tidy & Covers | Screwfix.com
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Spiral Cable Binding, 3mm Cable Binding, 3mm Spiral Cable Binding

If you google for "spiral cable binding" you should get lots of hits, and there are other solutions depending on how flexible and easily taken apart you want your snake.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 12:24 PM   #5
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Spiral cable wrap, Split Loom, Split cable tubing are usually found at your local Shack o' Shame or Home Depot. For temporary multi-cable runs ( hard wired dolly camera for instance) I usually bungle cables together with nylon cable ties... Faster, easier, better than that home A/V garbage.. in my opinion.. of course it wouln't come apart without a pair of side-cuts or other cutting tool.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 02:14 PM   #6
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Back in my stagehand days, we made up bundles using cloth-based friction tape. No sharp edges to rip up your hands, like you have with cable ties. Easy to remove later, unlike gaffer tape. And little or no gooey adhesive residue, unlike plastic or rubber electrical tape. I still think it's a good compromise.

Of course if you want something that's going to be highly visible, and you want a high-class look, hand lacing is hard to beat.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 02:51 PM   #7
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This stuff.
CABLE BINDING - SPIRAL - Canford
There must be US based suppliers of the same kind of stuff.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 03:30 PM   #8
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I seem to recall seeing something in a plastic spiral cable wrap at Ikea.
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