In many ways, cable ties are the unsung heroes of tech gadgetry of the wired kind. Imagine where we’d be without them!
What you may be surprised to learn is that there’s a multitude of other uses to which they may be put which have zilch to do with their primary purpose – about which more in a moment.
The trouble is, cable ties are also possibly the single most neglected piece of techie peripheral equipment out there. How many times do you glance beneath a computer desk in offices and / or homes to see what can only be described as something of a spaghetti junction?
The question is: why do people still do this today? Well, simply put, it’s because they buy a load of expensive tech hardware and associated gadgetry and leave out a few pennies’ worth, relatively speaking, of cable ties, usually because they simply forget. Then there’s the procrastination element; you’re always “going” to sort out your wiring in office and home etc., but just not today, right? After all, it’s a simple task you can do anytime in theory!
Of course, the term “cable tie” covers quite a broad spectrum, from the humble nylon cable tie consisting of triangular teeth sloping in one direction, to far more robust and demanding products used by professionals in a whole range of settings.
Searching around online to find the exact cable tie you need might seem like a daunting task. The advice would be to go for the well-known electric wholesalers such as RS Components, Denmans and Premier. For example, the cable ties from RS components include highly-specified cable ties which may be made from stainless steel, flame resistant material, and with specified tensile strengths. They will also be colour coded, making them suitable for myriad specialist applications. The range of cable ties also encompasses the humble and cheap nylon cable, ideal for simple household and home-based office use.
Now for the fun stuff: did you know that cable ties can be used for all sorts of things besides their actual purpose? For example, people use them to fix broken toilet handles, to keep plants upright against stakes, to help put up the Christmas lights, to child-proof their homes (keeping youngsters’ hands away from dangerous or precious objects with a temporary cable tie to close a cupboard for example) and to replace broken or missing zip pulls.
You can even put a lot of cable ties tightly around the wheel of your bike which makes them act as snow chains for cyclists. People have even been known to use them for cheap DIY storage by attaching together a few plastic milk crates using cable ties for fastening. This creates a surprisingly strong structure that can even be wall-mounted.
Or how about an alternative here? You could use them to finally get around to organising that ugly spaghetti-like cabling around your office!