March 13, 2015

A DIY Hack That Will Secure Your Cables of Any Size Once & for All

Set life is a lot like the Old West. There's a lot of wranglin' and wrastlin' going on, only instead of steers and wild mustangs giving you trouble, it's stupid idiot cables.

Laying down cable only to proceed to wrangle them back up again is a chore no one really wants to do. (However, those links will give you some tools and tips that'll make the process easier.) This is especially true when you've done all the work of wrapping them up using your much practiced professional technique only to see that the thing you used to secure everything has busted or come loose -- like your once neatly coiled cables.

This DIY cable tie solution by Made might solve this issue once and for all; all you'll need is some scrap PVC pipe (or cork) and bungee cords. Check out their tutorial below:

To be honest, I have no interest in sawing and drilling to make cable ties -- even though I think the idea is really great. It's just a little too labor intensive for this ol' gal. However, if DIY projects are your thing, then this seems like a really cheap and easy way to solve loose cable issues.

How do you secure your cables after you've wrapped them? Do you use any DIY tools or tricks? Let us know in the comments down below!     

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Bongo ties are less than $6 for a pack of 10, or for ties that you don't lose at the end of every day tie some paracord or similar small-gauge rope to one end of your stinger or cable. This bungee one seems like a waste of time and money to me.

March 13, 2015 at 5:05PM

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Chuck McDowell
1st AC
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Bongo ties forever!!

March 13, 2015 at 5:55PM

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Taylor Russ
Director of Photography
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Attach a 1/2 inch wide strip of double-sided velcro to one end of the cable with a zip tie. Make the strip long enough to wrap around the coiled cable and you're good to go.

March 13, 2015 at 6:23PM

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I've got Bongo ties (which can get lost or snap), and some of my lights have Velcro straps sort of riveted to the cables, but I prefer MatthTIES. I attach to the cables near one end using a clove hitch knot. Just a personal preference.

March 13, 2015 at 6:50PM, Edited March 13, 6:50PM

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Shoe laces attached to the plug end (so they stay out of the way) via a clove hitch knot that holds the lace to the rope permanently are a cheap and effective way to tie up cables after coiling. Light weight cotton or nylon clothes line around 3/16" diameter also work well.

The items noted here, made from bungee cord and PVC pipe, are available premade as Ball Stretch Cords from Harbor Freight Tools at 4 for $2.49. Devices like this tend to get lost however. Rope more or less permanently attached to a cable never gets lost.

http://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece-ball-stretch-cord-set-47302.html

March 14, 2015 at 12:15AM

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Yep, couldn't remember the knot name but basically everyone working regularly uses this method to tie up their stingers. Bongo ties are nice to clean up a camera cables when it's rigged up, though.

March 14, 2015 at 11:43PM

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Chuck McDowell
1st AC
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I bought these at Lowes and love them! They come in all sizes and colors. Totally reusable and takes two seconds to put em on and take em off!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02P8v0_4Tnc

March 14, 2015 at 3:24AM, Edited March 14, 3:24AM

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mark dossett
FILM MAKER
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I like the Nite Ize things, but they are too expensive. This "Garden Tie" stuff works great and is super cheap...it just doesnt have the rubber ends. http://www.amazon.com/Luster-Leaf-Rapiclip-Light-839/dp/B000RUFDI2/ref=s...

March 16, 2015 at 11:55PM

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Nicholas Agri
Director, Cinematographer, Editor
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I just use velcro ties. These ones manage everything from USB computer cables to medium sized power cables and XLR cables. You can get bigger ones if you need them. They're great - cheap (less than 5c each), reusable and stay on your cable so they never get lost. Don't know why you'd waste your time with this DIY job. To be honest, I'm finding myself skipping the articles on this site more and more, and going straight to the comments, because that's where it seems the real experience and advice is.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/100pcs-Reusable-Velcro-Cable-Ties-Adjustable-Tidy-Straps-Hook-Loop-Cord-Ties-/231237530895?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item35d6d4b50f

March 15, 2015 at 11:17PM

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Or you could save even more time and money and use what almost every G&E crew uses: trick line.

Tie it on, leave it on:
http://goo.gl/8Zk34E

Note: trick line looks like paracord, but it's not... paracord is the WRONG thing to use - too slippery and can loosen up when the cables are piled up.

March 16, 2015 at 4:52PM, Edited March 16, 4:52PM

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Jon Wolding
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