This solution has several advantages:
1. Very cheap (I haven’t run the numbers …. and will not)
2. Handy, there is always a roll of tape somewhere at home
3. Can be color coded (depending on the tape you use)
4. Can be made with duct, masking, packaging, electric, cell-o, etc, tape
5. Reusable thanks to the “in built” tab
6. Doesn’t leave sticky glue in your cables
7. Can be made to many sizes, almost all the ones you find in a house or in a workshop
8. No tools needed, just your fingernails
9. Can be used to “shorten” cables, just wrap excess cable and tie the bundle
10. Is made in a couple of minutes, no time wasted
11. You can write codes on the tape
12. Can be used for cables, rods, tubes, hoses, ropes, wire, etc.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
1. Duct or any other fairly strong tape, depending on what you are going to tie.
2. Clean fingers, or the cleanest you can manage, to protect the glue in the tape.
(If you use scissors or a knife, use the verb “to cut” wherever I used “to tear”)
I always make mine to TILAR * precision. The measurements given in the pictures and in the text are just a guide for a tie that fitted nicely to a soldering iron, I was measuring as I went along. The numbers are rounded, no decimals, and the conversions given are also rounded, please don’t punish me for the informality, this is just a cable tie.
If you don’t want to waste tape and time measure first what you are going to tie, use a piece of paper, yarn, thread, plastic or your fingers, whatever there is at hand, it´ll give you a good idea of where to start. It’s advisable a length enough for at least 1.5 wraps around the cable bundle. Remember that 2 to 3 cm (1 in) will be used for the end that is attached to the cable, anyway it’s always better to cut excess if you run long than to add if you run short.
The pictures were taken with my iPhone 3GS and edited in Microsoft Office Picture Manager, basic job, no big deal really.
Step 2: Tearing the Tape
MAKING THE TIE
First I tore a 20 cm (8 in) length from the roll, enough for the cable of my soldering iron, which in fact is about the same length as most of the appliances, instruments, chargers and tools I have at home.
Step 3: Getting the Desired Width
Step 4: Ready to Start
Step 5: Prepare Tab
Step 6: Preparing the Cover
Step 7: Covering the Inside of the Tie
Step 8: The Tie
Step 9: Attaching the Tie to the Cable
Step 10: Use of the Tie - Preparing for Storage
Step 11: Closing the Cable Tie
And voila, you’ve got yourself your cable tied nicely in just a couple of minutes.
Step 12: Closing Statement
This is my first instructable, I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had making it, and I hope you find it useful too, I’ll be delighted to hear your experiences and improvements.
(*) By the way ....... TILAR: Till It Looks About Right