Cable-Tying with Waxed Twine

Wayne E. Bouchard web at
Thu Jan 25 20:48:19 UTC 2007

Oh, just a small note on this topic...

Lacing (or even zip tying) doesn't really help a great deal for
tracability and whatnot unless you at least do a rough job of combing
out cables. In fact, failing to do so when you're tying cables down
can kink cables and actually lead to failures since many people haev a
tendancy to overtighten laces.

On Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 04:49:43PM -0800, Steve Rubin wrote:
> Dan Mahoney, System Admin wrote:
> >
> >Hey all,
> >
> >This seems a wee bit off topic, but definitely relates to network 
> >operations (somewhere below layer 1) and I can't think of a better 
> >place to ask.
> >
> >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?
> >
> >-Dan "Tired of getting scratched up by jagged cable ties" Mahoney
> >
> >
> Best site I have seen so far:

Wayne Bouchard
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