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AV Cable Organization

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I was wondering how other AVSers organized their cables in order to keep things tidy. I put two screws into the wall so I could hang the power strip on it. It has a pretty long power cord that I keep zip-tied and it rests on the floor, but I think I will put it on the bottom shelf of my stand so I can push it back a couple more inches, to the baseboard. In a couple of places I have each cable tied and then the group of them tied together, like the multi-channel out for my PC. In the picture my PC is on the bottom, but I decided to move it next to the TV stand so the power strip cable can go there. I even took masking tape and made tags for each power cord and labeled each so if I need to unplug one I don't have to trace the cord.

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Looks like you did a pretty good job - it's tough to organize the cables in a stand where there's no attachment points to get the excess cable bundles out of the way. I'd suggest tying up the power cords underneath the power strip so that the excess cable doesn't interfere with airflow. But not a big deal as you've got lots of area there.

Good idea to label those cables, but you'll want to use something other than masking tape. The heat and age will quickly turn those into a sticky mess (sticky but not enough to hold onto anything). Been there, done that - by the time you actually need to look at them, they may have fallen off, and will leave goo all over the cable. Either use labels from any label maker, or get some cable ID tags/strips from Home Depot (electrical section).

For tying up the excess cable, definitely not masking tape, as again it will fail fairly quickly. Velcro cable ties are the best answer, but zip ties also work (but have to be cut off to be changed). You can get (Home Depot again) some adhesive-backed plastic cable attach points that you stick to the underside of your shelves (or the bottom of the power strip). The attach point is a plastic loop that you can run the cable tie through to secure the cable bundle.

Jeff
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Good idea for labels, I'll have to do that. I will have to look into a way to tuck the excess power cords away. I don't want to put anything adhesive on the stand since I made it (the construction is metal free smile.gif) I don't want anything that could ruin the varnish or be difficult to take off later. I remember when I made it I was thinking about leaving the bottom trim off on the back so it would have been possible to tuck the cords underneath it. But I decided I wanted the stand to have all four sides resting on the floor. I like the idea of underneath the power strip. Oh, as for ventilation, each shelf is actually three boards (front, middle, and back) so there are two ~2-inch gapes between the boards so all the devices have air flow from underneath. I do need to change that masking tape wrap, I just ran out of ties that I had on hand. I usually use a small pocket knife blade, or one of my swiss army knives has a pointy letter opener, and I will usually undo the tie to be reused again.

Which type of cable is it that recommended to coil in a figure-8? I forget which, but it's to keep crossover interference in comparison to just a simple coil...Oh, it's the subwoofer cable, it just hit me! But is it recommended to do this for coax and HDMI, too?
post #4 of 4
Velcro OneWrap from Home Depot, for Velcro ties. Bag of black zip ties.

Ideally, you'd put your power strip in the 'rack'. But since you don't want to do that, I would suggest bringing all of the AC cables to one corner of the shelf/cabinet, and then bring them across to the outlet strip in a single bundle. Maybe some kind of clamp on the back of each shelf to make horizontal cable runs easier?

Without nailng, drilling, or marring the cabinet, will be imipossible to be perfect. What you have now looks pretty good!
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