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Easy cable clip - sucker version

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This instructable introduces an alternative design for a cable clip, based on a previous openproducts design: instead of screwing the clip to a wall or a closet, it features a sucker cup, which allows to stick the clip on a window, a tile or other smooth surfaces. This makes it easier and quicker to hang up the clip, but at the same time it is (slightly) less robust. These sucker-version cable clips are available in the openproducts webstore.

The design of the 'cable clip from tubing' (published on 13 September 2012 under CC by openproducts, http://www.instructables.com/id/Cable-clip-from-tubing) is simple but functional: it is a user-friendly clip from which cables can be hung vertically as a way to store them and thus to prevent the cable from raveling. In addition, the cable is exposed less to wear and tear.

According to user feedback on this 'cable clip from tubing' a barrier for installing the cable clip was the fact that it needed to be screwed: it appears that people sometimes are reluctant towards affecting walls and skins of closets and jambs inside their homes.

By using a suction cup for making this alternative easy cable clip this barrier is being removed.

Based on an existing suction cup the easy cable clip is very easy to make, without any special skills or tools: two cuts with a simple knife is all it takes to upgrade a suction cup into an 'easy cable clip sucker version'.

Alternatively, cut-and-dried cable clips are available from the openproducts webstore in two variants: 1.) a sucker version and 2.) a screw version.

In step 7 some words are being spent on explaining why this clip is innovative.
 
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Step 1: Find a suitable suction cup

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This instructable is based on a suction cup with a 4 mm (0.16 in) crosswise hole. Variants may also be applied, but the advantage of this one is that the intended cable-lead is already present.
andrea biffi10 months ago
wow! that's very smart!
dana-dxb1 year ago
simple and handy thanx for the share i sure gona need this
RangerJ1 year ago

I have two or three cables I am tired of chasing, so I plan to make some of these as soon as I can get the cups.
rob20241 year ago
Brillian idea - I bought a bag of ten suction cups recently, I knew they would be useful sooner or later so thanks my cables are all tidy now !

You can buy packs of them on Amazon under Kitchen & Home, some with built on clips/hooks etc
openproducts (author)  rob20241 year ago
Great. Feel free to share a picture of your tidy cables with the Instructables audience...
3366carlos1 year ago
very nice. the only thing is that sometimes those suction cups do not stay in place for very long.
If you spray a bit of water before you stick them, they stay stuck for much, much longer. I have one in my bathroom that has been stuck for 2 years holding my razor.
Water with a trace of washing up liquid is even better, probably because it maintains the airtight seal as it dries out.
openproducts (author)  ElectroFrank1 year ago
I understood that degreasing is the key for success. This indeed goes fine with water and washing-up liquid.
Clean with vinagure and water. The original glass cleaner.
Then feel the surface, if you can feel bumps, clean with hot water, soap and vinagure.
Repeat until clean.

Then lick the sucker before applying.
openproducts (author) 1 year ago
Thanks for the comments on licensing @james.m.k and @gcai_fwb. The concept that is being introduced has innovative aspects, which have been described in Step 7. In summary: it's not about the sucker but about the triangular clasps made from a standard sucker. Patenting this feature is a long and costly road, with high risks involved because of prior art aspects. Disclosing the concept in an instructable that is made available under CC BY is an alternative route, attributing the idea to openproducts. A next step could be to find commercial parties that have an interest in the work presented and are willing to facilitate a win-win-win situation. For example, granting a rebate to clients that purchase standard suction cups based on this instructable (win...), thereby increasing their exposure and sales (win...) and spare a few percentages of the additional turnover to openproducts (win!).
james.m.k1 year ago
Very nice!

Though I kind of doubt that using sickers to stick things to smooth surfaces is a licenceable thing. Too much prior art. But nonetheless, very nice.
Awesome!!!!!
i love ur idea.
mdeblasi11 year ago
Nothing like a simple solution to create a more workable world!
Nice.
hchiutx1 year ago
Some of the best inventions are simple little things that nobody else thought of. Not quite sure where to get the suction cups though - they are too cheap to be sold by themselves so it's hit and miss at the dollar store?
I have seen suction cups for sale in craft stores in reasonable amounts, sometimes singly.
gcai_fwb1 year ago
Good idea - but licensing it ?
Truehart1 year ago
Awesome!
BigMrTree1 year ago
Great Idea!! This is so simple yet so fuctional!! nice job
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