My Solution for Cable/Clutter Organization

By on March 26, 2010 6:07:35 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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One of the things I really can’t stand about my office is the mess of cables that are clearly visible to whomever walks by my desk.  As much as I have tried to clean and consolidate the cables, it still left a mess.

My solution was to take a trip to IKEA and pickup this cable management rack I saw on Lifehacker.

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Installation just takes a few minutes, and then you have a nice cable rack where you can route and wrap cables around.

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With this I ran the cables from my printer and Windows Home Server and pulled other cables together and got them off the floor.  Now it is much, much cleaner and organized.  For just $10, this really is an easy and cost-effective way of cleaning up your office.

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March 26, 2010 6:13:42 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

any risk of a fire from all the cables being alone side each other?

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March 26, 2010 6:40:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nope. I wouldn't put data and power cables next to each other (electromagnetic induction)...but other than that, looks like a great solution.

AND...how often does one feel great about a $10 purchase (SD deals not included in that )?  

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March 26, 2010 7:29:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Great idea ID! I did the same thing with something similar. I got mine off an old desk some business was throwing away,

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March 26, 2010 8:39:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

(please don't let this be posted a bunch of times, forums have been real slow to update to show the new post)

I did that a year ago (blog post) and it worked out great, although not as clean since I have the surge protector zip tied to the rack and made a mess with all the looping to keep the wires in there. Looks worse now because I cut the under-board to half-height, so now all the plugs and junk are visible.

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March 26, 2010 11:31:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I wonder if Walmart has something like that as I refuse to shop at Ikea. I was planning on using zipties but perhaps this is a better solution.

 

Hi Bebi.

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March 27, 2010 11:43:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

A lot of my cables are kept tidy by conduits made from a couple of lengths of garden hose slit lengthways and nailed to the back side of my desk.  Thing is, I added an extension to the desk for my spare rig, so now I need to get behind there and re-organise it all again.

I wonder if Walmart has something like that as I refuse to shop at Ikea.

Hehe, Kona.... that's just like me with Google.

So, what did Ikea ever do to you???

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March 28, 2010 12:02:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nice rack!  ........I can't believe I was the first to say that!   seriously though, it looks good. 

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March 28, 2010 1:19:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nice rack! ........I can't believe I was the first to say that!

Hehe, Fred, that'll get you on the list.

 

 

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March 28, 2010 2:09:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I don't want to talk about it here Starkers.

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March 28, 2010 2:22:30 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

One solution is to go to some place like Home Depot and buy some thin walled pvc piping the length of your desk or however much you need and then just run a electric saw down the length of it to open up about a 2 inch gap...then just screw it to your desk and drop your cable in it.

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March 28, 2010 8:29:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hehe, Fred, that'll get you on the list.

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March 28, 2010 9:49:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

One solution is to go to some place like Home Depot and buy some thin walled pvc piping the length of your desk or however much you need and then just run a electric saw down the length of it to open up about a 2 inch gap...then just screw it to your desk and drop your cable in it.

That's what I did with the (slightly bigger than standard) garden hose, cut along the length with a craft knife and fixed it to the back of my desk.

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March 28, 2010 10:33:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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March 28, 2010 9:31:43 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting WebGizmos,

And the great thing about it is that it didn't cost me a cent... well maybe a couple of cents for battery power.  Yeah, I slipped over the fence after dark and cut about 5 foot off the neighbour's hose (he was none the wiser)... then the next morning, I knock on his door to borrow the craft knife to slice up the length.

Nah, seriously, he was tossing it to the tip, and technically (he tells me) it's irrigation hose, not yer standard garden hose, which is why it's a bit bigger in circumference.  Still, it does the trick.

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March 28, 2010 9:42:38 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

My boss just uses tons of zip ties. He does really clean looking wiring jobs. He'd probably like these things.

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March 28, 2010 11:13:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting WebGizmos,
just screw it

Yeah, that's what I think about it, too!

 

Seriously, great idea, ID! fortunately, my desks at home and at the office both have panels that help hide the wires, and for the ones that are exposed, zip ties have worked wonderfully.

 

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March 29, 2010 8:38:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Designed and built my own desk so as to eliminate visible wiring issues.  Back of desk has a 'door' to access the rear of the computer....so no need to remove the thing to alter/plugin connections, etc. ...

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March 29, 2010 4:36:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You still have wires showing Jafo. Unless everything is wireless.

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March 29, 2010 4:51:03 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

how would a wireless power work? if you had that you would be rich as all hell.

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March 29, 2010 7:34:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You still have wires showing Jafo. Unless everything is wireless.

Keyboard is bluetooth...mouse is wireless.

Only wires visible are from desk top level to monitor and L and R speakers beside.

Hint....wireless Monitors aren't going to happen....

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March 29, 2010 8:09:54 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

man .... you need to get some cable, i got a g9x laser mouse some g35 headphones both usb now just to get rid of this mac keyboard with a G19, wireless internet is bad, gaint eithernet cord wins.

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March 29, 2010 8:33:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Wireless internet is bad? I disagree.

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March 29, 2010 8:37:51 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

tell me what is good about it, my friend has wireless at his house keeps getting d/ced online in every game some days its good some days its really bad most of the time its bad.

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March 29, 2010 9:32:55 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I run my desktop off the wifi from the router downstairs. Never had any issues. Depends on the hardware you use and the connections.

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March 29, 2010 10:43:34 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hint....wireless Monitors aren't going to happen...

I guess You haven't heard about this yet..... Link .....it's only a matter of time!

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