Cable-Tying with Waxed Twine

Robert Boyle robert at
Thu Jan 25 09:07:49 UTC 2007

At 07:30 PM 1/24/2007, you wrote:
>Upon leaving a router at telx and asking one of their techs to plug 
>in the equipment for me, 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.  For some reason, I found this trick really cool.
>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.  I was wondering if any of the gurus out there would 
>care to share what this knot-pattern is actually called, and/or if 
>there's a (illustrated) howto somewhere?

Someone else already mentioned Tecra Tools. We use Tecra. However, we 
use Specialized too.

Our guys prefer the Chicago style straight blade needles since the 
curved tools are too unwieldy when dealing with high cable density. 
Here is a picture from one of our datacenters:

We use lacing at all of our facilities. As far as I'm concerned, it 
is the only way to go.


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