If dealing with miles and miles of cords and wiring at events – for everything from monitors and printers to audiovisual equipment and kiosks – has you tied up in knots, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Well, actually we have advice for how you can get those wires covered.
There are some simple, cost effective tricks for untangling the hassle of all that wiring.
Cords that run along the floor have two flaws. First, they are unsightly. Second, they could send booth personnel or a potential customer crashing face-first to the floor after causing them to trip.
Fortunately, there are several solutions for covering and securing wires that run along the floor.
The most common cover is shaped like a half-oval and usually made of plastic or rubber. Cords are either inserted through a slit in the bottom or need to be run through the cover. You can typically fit three to five cords under these covers, which is then attached to the floor with double-sided tape. The cost is $8 to $15 for a 5-foot length.
Drop-over protectors look like speed bumps. They work by simply being dropped over a group of cords. These covers typically do not need to be adhered to the floor because their weight keeps them in place (although you can tape them down if you want to be extra secure). Prices start at $30 for a 3-foot length.
Your final option for covering cords is perhaps the most common: tape. There are special types available “designed” for cords (such as puncture resistance and a hook-and-loop-fastener system, which is pretty handy for cords that run along carpet), but common gaffer tape does the job just fine (and it’s made to be torn by hand, which is really convenient). Tape is also perfect for securing and concealing cords that dangle down from tables and computer stations.
All of the above options are ideal for handing common foot traffic. However, if you need to secure cords in high traffic areas where they are likely to be run over by heavy I&D equipment, like scissor lifts, then you need a stronger option. There are cord covers built to resist up to 21,000 pounds. These heavy-duty plastic covers are either drop-over protectors or they have a hinged top to insert cables. Costs for these begin at about $90.
For cords that aren’t going to be in the way of pedestrians, you can still keep them from becoming an unsightly mess.
One option is to simply bind the cords together with ties, clips, or clamps. However, there are plastic or braided sleeves built to contain cords that look much more appealing. These sleeves have a slit that runs the length of the tube so your cords can slip inside.
Another tube option is commonly known as a raceway. These plastic channels are used to conceal wires and cords along a path and are not flexible. Raceways come in different shapes, including straight, bent, and U-shaped, so you can design the path for your cords.
There are also clips that use an easily removable synthetic rubber resin as the adhesive. These clips can be stuck on table legs or behind displays so cords can be easily managed and routed. Once the event is over, the clips come cleanly off until you need them again.
For cords that you may need frequently but don’t want to leave in a heap when they are not being used, there’s a product known as The Cord Caddy. This device basically took those hooks you use to wrap up your vacuum cleaner’s plug and adapted them to computer and AV plugs. It’s a handy tool for keeping cords neatly wound.
Of course, if you work with a professional organization to set up your AV equipment, like The Trade Group, we’ll make sure your cords are hidden and your display looks clean and professional. Give us a call at 800-343-2005 to see how we can help keep you from getting wound up.