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    Messy Cables - need a solution

    I'm fed up of my huge amount of messy cables at home and I need a solution!
    I have 10 plugs in 3 multi sockets, meters of CAT5, speaker cable, satellite cable, 6 HDMI cables etc etc etc just for my home cinema kit.

    How can I tidy them up AND make it safer?

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    cable ties and trunking are your friends...as for the multi sockets, get a friend who is a sparky to add a spur of sockets in...did that at home, I got like 12 sockets on my wall to fit everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    cable ties and trunking are your friends...as for the multi sockets, get a friend who is a sparky to add a spur of sockets in...did that at home, I got like 12 sockets on my wall to fit everything!
    Only 12?! Come 2012 you'll be wishing you had 20 hehe!

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    nah...I have the following on my desk

    22in TV / PC Monitor
    Xbox 360
    PC
    Sky+ Box
    Lamp
    Home Hub
    Phone Charger
    Laptop Charger
    CPAP Machine (which stops my sleep apnea)

    3 spare sockets for any other contingency

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    Are they spurs or did he extend the ring main? You can't have a spur from a spur from spur.

    Ben

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    Buy 1 good and large multi way adaptor for the plugs and then screw it to the back of your AV rack, once in place you can shorten each power lead down by cutting off the original plug (as it's probably a molded one) and then putting new plugs on at the correct length.
    Then do the same with the Cat5 and speakers, just position each bit of kit and get the cables to just the right length. Think of it like redesigning the server cabinet and spend a good weekend doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Are they spurs or did he extend the ring main? You can't have a spur from a spur from spur.

    Ben
    Extension off the main ring.

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    SIGNUM from IKEA, only £7.14:



    IKEA | TV & media solutions | Cable management & accessories | SIGNUM | Cable organiser

    I would chain two together, and have a multiway in the seconds plugged into the first. Use velcro cable ties to keep cables from the same area together.

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    +1 for trunking. I am OCD for that, get as much inside it as I can to neaten things up.

    Oh and get as much wireless as possible!

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    How about one of these:

    Belkin Belkin PureAV® Home Theater Power Console PF60 AP41300fc10-BLK

    Allthough they are listed at around $600 quid they have been on sale quite a few times for about £39.99........
    Looks great if you have other Home Cinema equipment to plunk ontop of it and also gives you surge protection and insurance for about £300,000
    A basic 10way surge protector would cost around that price but this looks loads better.

    Last edited by burgemaster; 28th January 2011 at 12:55 PM.

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    Wow! I like that,

    Where did you see one for that price? Also does it make any noise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by burgemaster View Post
    the problem with those (as with many extensions, etc) are that not all plugs are the standard moulded size. for instance the xbox kinect has a larger plug, the router at home has a large block plug, some are bulkier at the top than at the bottom, so you end up with one plug dominating two spaces.

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    I got some plastic stuff for protecting saplings from a garden centre. It's basically articulated tubing but it was dirt cheap and a big enough diameter to take all of the leads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pagelad View Post
    Wow! I like that,

    Where did you see one for that price? Also does it make any noise?
    Completely silent and standard HiFi / Seperates width also.
    Belkin PureAV Home Theater Power Console PF60 Surge Suppressor £39.99 - 84% off
    http://go.avforums.com/?id=223X354&s...99-84-off.html

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