If you have a home office, a large number of home appliances, and several mobile devices that require frequent charging, then the appearance of cords and cables snaking every which way from wall outlets and extensions is nothing new. Computers, TV sets, home entertainment systems, landlines and other electronic appliances need electricity to function, so cables come with the products (except, of course, for wireless devices). At any given time, cables of varying lengths would be hanging down the back of these devices, trailing down shelving units and crawling over the floor.
A massive tangle of cables can be an eyesore if you’re aiming to maintain an aesthetically pleasing home. Also, there’s no question that cords lying across the room can also become tripping hazards for anyone in the household, so they need to be controlled in some way. But simply pushing the tangled mess of wires and cables behind the appliances, out of sight, isn’t the solution. Leaving them all jumbled together might cause problems with your connection to the power source or create damage to the cables themselves because of the improper bending, tugging, and tangling.
Scaling it up
You can find clips and ties that can set the cable disarray in your home to rights. Likewise, for larger applications, cable clamps can be used to hold cables together and keep them organized to ensure their continual function and good condition.
You are likely to have seen your hired contractors or technicians make use of these cable clamps before. The professionals who installed your land line phone, Internet, or cable TV system have to connect wires from their outdoor posts to your home, and they need a way to anchor these cables to the property securely. Electrical wiring, metal cables, ropes and other heavy-duty materials will require these cable clamps, which provide a stronger solution than the clips, hooks, loops, or even adhesive tapes and Velcro used for your household electronics.
A cable clamp used for general commercial and industrial purposes is typically made up of a split circular opening, which a user can clamp around cables or wires, and an extension flange that contains holes through which nails or screws can go to affix the clamp and the gathered wiring’s to a surface. A cushioned jacket is included to make sure that the gathered cables are protected from damage from abrasion. This common clamp type comes in plastic or metal; the choice of material will depend on how permanent and secure you want the cables to be, as plastic will understandably have limited strength for holding cables in place compared to steel clamps.
U-bolts are another example of cable clamps that can be used. These, however, are used more for rigging applications than simply securing wiring together. It consists of a U-shaped bolt with threaded ends, a clamp plate with two holes where the two ends of the bolt can pass through, and two nuts for securing the bolt.
Keeping cables, cords and wires neatly gathered and secured with a cable clamp helps keep the space organized, protects the condition of the cables, and ensures the uninterrupted flow of power through the wires.