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Cable Management with Tape

Cable Management with Tape

CoreyCorey Member
edited June 2012 in General

I've seen some servers come with cables taped down along long runs of surface between front panel and back panel... I always wondered what kind of tape they use... but after about 30 minutes of research I think I figured it out!

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it gaffer tape?

(Also an informative post for people that didn't know what tape they used.)

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  • jarlandjarland Member
    edited June 2012

    Gaffer's tape > all

    In a pinch I'll use the duct tape that doesn't leave residue behind. I, of course, am talking about audio cables but close enough ;)

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  • InfinityInfinity Retired Staff
    edited June 2012

    @Corey said: Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it gaffer tape?

    Who's they? Everyone, someone in specific (or pacific as my ICT teacher likes to think it's said).

    I personally do my cable management, for servers and other stuff with my warning/caution tape which can also be used as electrical tape. It's awesome but very very tough, and hard to get off the reel.

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  • CoreyCorey Member

    @Infinity Off the top of my head - Intel, Supermicro.... others as well. The problem with using other tapes is the residue it leaves behind after getting hot and melting.

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  • JacobJacob Member

    Electrical tape and Black cable ties.

  • sleddogsleddog Member
    edited July 2012

    @Jacob said: Electrical tape

    Electrical tape can get very messy on a surface that gets warm....

  • JacobJacob Member
    edited July 2012

    Dun Dun Dunn....

    @sleddog said: Electrical tape can get very messy on a surface that gets warm....

  • PADPAD Member

    Not sure how @Jacob makes much sense of using Electrical Tape.. that stuff will melt down when it gets warm.

  • JacobJacob Member

    I used tape to tire the cables around my PC case, so it is not visible on the front.

    Ofcourse in servers it is cable ties.

    @PAD said: Not sure how @Jacob makes much sense of using Electrical Tape.. that stuff will melt down when it gets warm.

  • CoreyCorey Member

    @Jacob I'm not sure that you read the thread saying 'of course in servers it is cable ties' when obviously they use tape in some cases.....

    Here is another example... in a laptop they use tape in more than one area. I know they use tape in the inside of the screen to tape down the wifi antenna and cable for the webcam. Pretty sure its gaffer tape.

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  • jarlandjarland Member
    edited July 2012

    Thus the gaffer's tape, it handles heat quite well. Worth the cost. Made a name tag out of a strip and put it on a shirt four years ago. Still there, washed weekly. Leaves no residue, very strong, easy removal only when intentional...when not washed on a shirt for four years ;)

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  • AdamAdam Member

    Think Kapton tape is what you're after (also referred to as Polyimide tape).

  • Bondage tape, know that sounds weird but it is great. It sticks to itself, doesn't loosen and leaves no residue.

  • RandyRandy Disabled

    Zip ties

  • ZiggaZigga Member

    @Randy said: Zip ties

    tsk tsk... Cable ties on networking cables is illegal here (in AU)! Mostly because you can damage the cables. Preferred cable support is Velcro. High quality electrical tape also works a treat, cheap and nasty ones sometimes leave a residue. Fabric tape(gaffer in other parts of the world) is also quite lovely, till it meets a sharp part of a wire tray :(

    google that will ya?

  • apple use conductive foil tape in all their macbook product line right? last time when i tried to open my macbook the tape look better than gaffer, only leave small residue and i can easily clean it with my thumb..

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  • TazTaz Disabled

    Velcro!

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  • CoreyCorey Member

    Guys... I'm talking inside the server... what if you have a wire that is going from front panel to back panel and it is getting in the way of air flow... how are you going to velcro that to the chasis?

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  • InfinityInfinity Retired Staff

    @Corey said: Guys... I'm talking inside the server... what if you have a wire that is going from front panel to back panel and it is getting in the way of air flow... how are you going to velcro that to the chasis?

    Yeah, last night I realized what you were trying to say. I think it is thin strips of gaffer tape that is used.

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  • @Corey said: Guys... I'm talking inside the server... what if you have a wire that is going from front panel to back panel and it is getting in the way of air flow... how are you going to velcro that to the chasis?

    I use zip ties and tiedown points for that.

  • Gaffer's tape <3

    It's used a lot in theatres to tape down lighting cables, etc, or tape down light bases even sometimes - so yeah, it can handle a lot of heat :p

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  • @Corey said: Guys... I'm talking inside the server... what if you have a wire that is going from front panel to back panel and it is getting in the way of air flow... how are you going to velcro that to the chasis?

    Cut it!

  • KuJoeKuJoe Member
    edited July 2012

    NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER use zip-ties on network cables. Power cables are ok, network cables are not unless you love cross-talk. ;)

    Velco only for me (although I do have some zip-ties being used as guides).

  • ZiggaZigga Member

    @KuJoe said: NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER use zip-ties on network cables. Power cables are ok, network cables are not unless you love cross-talk. ;)

    Its also just ridiculously too easy to damage a set of pairs.

    google that will ya?

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