As regular readers of this thread know, I had a real mess of low voltage wires in the main part of my basement which needed straightened out, organized and neatly run through the ceiling joists. The biggest task was organizing the pile of wires which ran to my bonus room, family room and basement lounge theaters, plus structured wiring for my office and a couple other spots. To refresh your memory, this is where I started.
Like in the theater, I cleaned the inside pocket of the steel beam and attached 3/4" plywood with construction adhesive and clamps
I cut the temporary cable ties holding everything together so all the wires were loose
Then I attached three separate rows of wire mounts to the plywood inside the steel beam and fastened with wood screws. Since this beam is relatively light weight, the flange is not very deep, requiring me to run this mass of wire in three separate organized bundles
It took me almost 6 hours to untangle just this one pile of wires. I then organized the wiring by "like" groups. Since it rained for days when I did this, I had to get creative with these long, organized wire tails criss-crossing the basement floor
I didn't take any in-process pics until I was doing the last wire bundle
Here's a close-up of the Panduit wire organization tool in-action
First leg of the wire organization complete:
And here are the three organized bundles of wire plus a fourth bundle coming from the upstairs kitchen / deck locations heading out the basement window into the back yard, waiting to be run through the ceiling joists back to the racks
This was all done in late March when I was under the gun to get the basement inspection complete. No pictures, but that huge long tail of wires was pulled through the ceiling framing all the way back to the rack location months ago. The wiring in the back half of the basement alone, including this wire bundle and EXcluding the theater wiring, nearly filled a 3.5" hole completely full. It's really incredible how much wire I ran and it makes me tired when I think about all the wire termination work that's left after it's been pulled neatly through the Middle Atlantic racks!!
In the months since it has been absolutely wonderful to no longer have this mess of wire under foot while finishing the basement.