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Tie-1 Before nylon cable ties, bundles of cables were held together by waxed nylon cord. It’s still a nice way to to do harnesses in tight spaces, and, I think, looks much more elegant than nylon ties. It’s almost a lost art- few people under 50 know how to do it! (google “waxed lacing cord” to find sources of cord). Thanks Rob! Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. brianlarsen says:

    I wholeheartedly aggree and am even under 30 :)

    I learned how to do this in aerospace work where every gram and 1/10″ matters a lot.

    I figured that I would post references to this so that all could learn…

    NASA standard for this (NASA STD 8739.4):
    http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/codeq/87394.htm
    direclty to the tying:
    http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/codeq/87394-9.pdf

    Cheers,

    Brian

    Where I learned:
    http://www.ssel.montana.edu

  2. RobCruickshank says:

    I have somewhere, a NASA publication that includes that page, as well as soldering techniques, and so forth. It’s excellent, although I’m not sure if it’s still in print. I’ve posted a picture of some laced cables on Flickr here .

  3. egarner says:

    In the data center where I used to work, lacing was standard practice since zipties can kink cables/fibers.