Introduction: Cheap & Easy Cable Management With PVC!
Let me start by saying I'm a tinkerer. To a problematic degree.
If you're anything like me, you've gone through great lengths to arrange all of your cables...under computer desks, behind TVs, etc., and later found that you needed to fish a cable out of the run, destroying all of your organization work in the process. That's frustrating, and creates a big mess that puts you back to square one!
Here's a system I use, it keeps the cables neat, and allows for pulling a single cable out later as needed, and best of all, it's cheap and easy!
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Step 1: Gather Materials
For this project, you will need a drill and drill bit, screwdriver bit, a table saw, PVC TEEs, PVC Slip caps, and short wood screws.
The size of the PVC is up to you; I used 1/2 inch in this setup, the bigger the PVC, the more cable you can fit in the loom.
Also...wear safety glasses when using power tools. You have such beautiful eyes!
Step 2: Drill a Hole in the Slip Caps
Drill a hole in your slip caps, large enough for the body of the screw to fit through, but small enough that the head of the screw does not slip through.
Step 3: Cut the PVC TEEs
Lower the blade on your table saw to 1/4 inch or so.
CAREFULLY run your TEE through twice to make a small opening for your cable to slip inside.
How big should the opening be, you ask?
That depends on how thick your cable are!
The highly scientific and technical answer is "Just eyeball it."
Step 4: Screw the Slip Caps to Wherever You're Going to Mount Them
I mounted mine under my jank desk. Please don't do this to a nice desk. I will cry. Neither of us want that.
Run the screws through the inside of the hole, and mount the top of the slip cap flush against the mounting surface. Use a philips head bit and drill to drive in the screws.
Step 5: Slide the TEE Onto the Slip Cap
Slide the TEE onto the slip cap. Glue is not necessary. The pressure alone will be enough to hold the TEE in place, and you want to be able to slip the TEE back off later of necessary.
Step 6: Run Your Cables
Repeat all of the previous steps for however many looms you need to cover your cable run.
Slip the cables into the cut of the TEE. Rest assured that if you have to pull a cable in the future, you can easily remove it!
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