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    New PC Suite - hiding wires

    Hi,

    We are refurbing 2 PC suites and am wondering how you guys deal with the untidy wires. I am considering the broadleaf under the desk option but obviously there is a external power adapter to hide. Do you have the power sockets under the desks? We are looking at the dado trunking too to make it tidier.

    Hundreds of tie wraps and cable tidies sleeves?

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    That's a good question. I imagine there would be a whole load of things to consider and tricks to make it all look nice and up for the job. For that reason id price up some quotes for it to be done professionally at reasonable cost and not get involved with doing it myself.

    If anything ever happens you can bet your best pair of snips your handy-work will be under scrutiny.

    The alternate answer is, if its not a simple bit of trunking up/across the wall (sticky back) then its a caretaker job or contractor. Anyone but me to sign off.

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    I used rain guttering from Screwfix. We have HP All in One desktops that have a external psu the size of a brick. Our walls are pretty old and needed a wooden batten to attach the gutter brackets. Nice cheap solution.

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    Any chance of a piccy? Sounds like an interesting idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasbo View Post
    @laserblazer

    Any chance of a piccy? Sounds like an interesting idea.
    That's a shame, I've just popped into school because the SIMS backup has failed. I could have taken a snap for you. (I wonder if my replacement will go in over weekends for such things? Seven weeks and 3 days to go

    I'll do it on Monday.

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    We use a bucketload of cableties. It's not ideal but it keeps things tidy and for the most part, secure (from the kids/some teachers). I like some of the PC's like the Very PC Flex's though, where the bulk can be hidden in the area to the back of the case, or of course their Glide's where there is minimal cabling anyway.

    Or, if in doubt, gaffer tape.

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    Dado trunking under the bench. Cable tray just under the dado trunking. Holes cut in desktop. We have moved towards PC's mounted to monitor with stands. These usually have a cable cover that hides the mess at the back of the PC. It's the tidiest we have been able to make them, and it works very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasbo View Post
    @laserblazer

    Any chance of a piccy? Sounds like an interesting idea.
    Sorry, it's not a brilliant photo. The wires are a bit untidy because that's how the PAT tester left them and I haven't got around to sorting it.

    2014-06-02 07.16.06.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Sorry, it's not a brilliant photo. The wires are a bit untidy because that's how the PAT tester left them and I haven't got around to sorting it.

    2014-06-02 07.16.06.jpg
    We have alot of leaks here so that solution would help drain that away too.. brilliant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simcfc73 View Post
    We have alot of leaks here so that solution would help drain that away too.. brilliant
    Electrocute a few kids into the bargain - a triple whammy

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I used rain guttering from Screwfix.
    The only place that I've found that actually sells under-desk cable trays similar to that guttering is Ikea - they sell wire mesh trays that screw on to the underside of a table, with the mesh being handy for tying cable ties to.

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    We used normal wire cable tray with dado trunking under the desk as well the cable tray then gives you something to sit the power adapters in and cable tie wires too.

    This isn't the one we used but it shows you the stuff Buy Cablofil Cable Tray, Electrozinc Plated Steel, 300mm x 30mm x 3m, 1.5kg/m - CF30/300EZ

    Ben

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    Get some larger trunking that can run along the back of the benches, that's big enough to fit the external PSU and all the cables in it:
    PVC Maxi Trunking | City Electrical Factors

    Just be careful if you are going to have network cables in the trunking too as these are unshielded and should be kept apart from any power cables.

    Is there a City Electrical Factors near you? I've found the guys in our local branches to be very helpful and knowledgeable.
    Welcome to City Electrical Factors | City Electrical Factors

    They do 30 day accounts for schools too so are finance department friendly

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    Ive used slotted trunking (designed for control boards etc...) as well as having all power sockets mounted below the benching and used the screw on cable tie bases and then strong ties in them which have all worked well for us.

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    Trouble with cable ties is that as soon as you have them all fitted, the psu dies. I should have mentioned that we had no budget at all for the trunking and managed to get the guttering on Buildings. It was a fraction of the cost of pukka wire cages.

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