Cable-Tying with Waxed Twine

Tim Jackson jackson.tim at
Thu Jan 25 01:43:31 UTC 2007

I order it from, you can also get the lacing needles and
everything else you might need:

A somewhat decent resource:

Needles and lace:

I have seen some Qwest and BellSouth technical documents which go into a
little more detail of how they expect it to be done, but go find someone
who's done any kind of cabling in a CO and they can teach you :)


On 1/24/07, William Yardley <nanog at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 07:30:06PM -0500, Dan Mahoney, System Admin wrote:
> [...]
> > I came back to find all my cat5 cables neatly tied with some sort of
> > waxed twine, using an interesting looping knot pattern that repeated
> > every six inches or so using a single piece of string.
> [...]
> > I have tried googling for the method, (it's apparently standard, I've
> > seen it in play elsewhere), and for the type of twine, but had little
> > luck.
> The kind my vendor was able to get was flat (not the normal stuff). As
> far as I know, this stuff is usually surprisingly expensive and / or
> comes in large cases. You might just see if the people at your colo can
> give you a roll or two, or ask where they order theirs (last time I
> asked, they bought it by the case).
> I believe this is the stuff I have:
> I got it from a local outfit (Danbru - - great Socal
> vendor) at ~ $35/roll, which seemed exorbitant to me.
> w
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