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  1. Introductory Blabla When doing research for my builds earlier this year, I started to look into alternatives to zip ties. I absolutely love good cable management, but I am not fond of zip ties. They don't look nice IMO (personal taste, I will admit), they can damage a wire's mantle or the sleeving because it is very easy to overtighten them, and they are incredibly wasteful since most of the time a big chunk of plastic is cut off and discarded. After lots of googling I eventually stumbled upon the precursor to zip ties: Cable lacing. It is still used in quite a few places from what I've read, for example NASA lace the wires and cables on their spacecraft and you may still learn how to do this if you work in the telecom industry. I've also found a US Navy manual on cable lacing techniques, so presumably it's also used in marine environments, at least to some extent. In any case, it took me a while to find suitable information on this, but eventually I found a NASA manual, that Navy handbook I mentioned, a youtube vid and a few other tidbits here and there, and I pieced together a technique which works for me when it comes to managing my PC cables. Part 1 - Lacing a Double Layer Cable The audio is a bit on the low side, sorry about that, but if you turn up the volume it should still work for you I hope. I'm still very inexperienced when it comes to vid processing, but you live and learn. :) To give you a better impression of how this can look in the end, here is a shot of the main wire loom for HELIOS, my current passion project: And mounted into the build: Part 2 - Lacing Small Wire Bundles I would have really liked to do a vid on this as well, but at the moment time just doesn't permit that, so here it is in picture form. I hope it is somewhat understandable nonetheless, otherwise feel free to ask for clarifications. I didn't actually know what this knot was called until I did some digging and found out that it's a sort of whipping knot, to be specific the common whipping if I have understood things correctly. It's not very complicated but not necessarily obvious just from looking at it. Also, it's the same knot I'm using to make the sleeving ends on HELIOS' wires: You can find a tutorial for a variation of this knot here. However, since I only found that website after already having taken my pics I thought I might as well upload them anyway. ;) So, here we go: A loop... ...and around the bundle which you wish to lace, over the original loop. Press down where the two ends cross and hold tight. Then wind the red end around the bundle as many times as you deem necessary. I usually do at least a dozen loops. Thread the end which you have been looping around the bundle through the loop from step one on the side towards which you were looping (it sounds a lot more convoluted than it actually is, just put the end, now yellow, through the original loop). Pull on the other end... ...and tighten the original loop until it slips under all those loops you did around the bundle. Then pull on both ends and tighten things down, which should give you this result. Cut off the ends as close to the package as possible and you have a clean looking knot. :) I hope this is somewhat understandable together with the additional websites, otherwise don't hesitate to ask for clarifications. :) It's really not a very complex knot, just a non-obvious one IME. I hope I've put this in the right forum section, and wish you happy lacing adventures. :) Cheers, -aw
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