Introduction: DIY Audio or Video Looms (Snakes)

Ever had a long run of multiple cables and felt it was far too messy, I have, I needed a way to get Power, Audio and a footswitch cable to my effect board without mess and this is how I made a Durable loom to keep them safe and tidy.

Step 1: What You Need

You need:

A Cable Tidy kit (I got mine from a pound Shop)
Lots of electrical tape (Pound shop too...)
Some cables to loom up.

Step 2: Get Your Cables

Prepare your cables by removing any knots.

Since I have already made my loom, here are 2 example cables.

Step 3: Tape Them Together

Tape them together with a small amount of tape to keep them in place, the ends don't need to be together, some wiring scenarios may require them to be staggered apart to fit nice with equipment.

Step 4: Continue Taping

Do the same along the entire length.

For those inclined this would be the right time to add a foil shield if needed.

Step 5: Use the Cable Tidy Kit

Use the cable tody kit to go along the length you want to loom up.

Step 6: Tape It Up

Tape along the entire length to keep the cable tidy closed around the cables and to keep it from sliding.

Step 7: Done!

Once you have finished taping you will have a Very durable loom that is still pretty flexible!

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Aud1073cH made it!(author)2009-04-30

As you say, "some wiring scenarios may require them to be staggered apart to fit nice with equipment"

Here's a way to do it:
-First set up your rig and make all connections the same way you will for the show - including space between gear, pedals, amps, etc.
-You may want to make a "test loom" using removable wire ties (the kind you find on new cables.) -but don't leave them on long term- they'll bite into the cable insulation over time.
-Arrange the loom so that the cables don't twist around each other, or knot.
Extra cable length can be folded back along the loom, and added to it. You don't want a coil of "extra" on the end of your loom. -If you can build your own cables, you may want to adjust the length to be exactly the right length.
-Once you have a loom you like, apply a more permanent solution (tape, small zip ties, cable tidy, expandable cable sleeve, etc.)

I don't like the sticky adhesive tape leaves behind, so I use the smallest zip ties I can find.
tape, ties, and cable tidys allow you to have multiple entry points along the loom, ("staggered apart" as the instructable says) so you don't have a large "fan" at the end.
Expandable cable sleeves provide good protection, and allow cables to move when you coil the loom, but they only allow one entry on each end.

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tezzanator made it!(author)2009-03-30

Poundland :)

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lemonie made it!(author)2009-03-30

I was always of the opinion: tape or cable-tidy, but I guess you get the best of both. I.e. if you want to take this apart it's much easier than tape alone.

Which pound shop - Poundland, The Pound Shop, Everything's a Pound, the 99p Store?

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