Organizing at work and in the home

cableOrganisation either in the home or at work can be a difficult task initially but once accomplished effectively can make the difference between a well-organised and efficient environment and one that’s chaotic and doesn’t function as well as it should.

The same is true of cabling. These days we have so much equipment which needs power – desktop computers, laptops, servers, TVs, DVD players, phone chargers and docks, printers, scanners, photocopiers, fax machines and complex gaming systems – that effective cable management is essential. Not only do trailing cables have health and safety implications, presenting a possible trip hazard, but they are also unsightly and reflect badly on the overall perception of an environment. After all, they say that a tidy house shows a tidy mind.

What Are the Options?

For those installing cabling there are a number of options to choose from, and those choices will depend entirely on the nature of the cable and its intended use. The installation of electric cables is probably the most challenging and before any work is undertaken it is vital to ensure that all tradespeople used are fully trained and qualified. A list of registered electricians can be found at the NICEIC. This is the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting – the UK’s independent body for consumer safety and electrical installation regulation. Let’s take a look at some of the options for both domestic and commercial cable management.

Trunking
Available in a variety of sizes and as open or closed, trunking is ideal for differentiating between cables associated with different locations or applications and to protect cables once installed. It can help with identification and so eliminate wasted time when isolating a problem, replacing faulty wiring or installing new equipment. As cables can heat up when in use, it’s essential that the products used must be heat-resistant, so look for trunking which is capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 85°C.

Nylon Cable Ties and Cable Tie Mounts
Perhaps the most ubiquitous of the cable management solutions available, cable ties are a popular choice not only for the orderly bunching of cables together but also for numerous other jobs around the home and office. They provide an extremely cost-effective and speedy solution. Cable ties are available in a variety of sizes and colours, which can assist with identification of specific cables. They are also offered with a screw mounting hole if they are required to be fixed to a wall or under a desk. Many are also suitable for use in exterior situations and can be withstand temperatures of -50°C. Check that the cables have a suitable flammability rating if they are to be used to hold together electrical cables. If even greater organisational options are required, cable tie mounts are also available as either self-adhesive or with screw mounting holes.

These are just some of the options available for effective cable management which not only help to organise our homes and our places of work, but can only reflect well on the tradesperson who completed the work.

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