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amakarevic 09-16-2012 03:42 PM

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as i'm nearing the end of my wiring project, i realize i have created a monster -- and i have uncontrollable chaos. i recall seeing little write-on self-adhesive laminated tags that wrap around a cable and have enough of a label to write on, kind of like the warnings on blow dryers but you can write on them.

anyone know the specific name for this that i can search online because "electrical label" was too vague, seems like.

my goal is to label every cable every 4-5 ft and know instantly which is which. my cabling is pretty neatly laid out (no intertwining cables or even crossing one another), all as parallel as can be etc. i am pretty OCD but i like that cause i almost get seizures in chaotic situations. everything must be under control...

kind of like what i tried to illustrate

Jim Port 09-16-2012 04:00 PM

Brady makes many label styles. Panduit may also have something to choose from.

joecaption 09-16-2012 04:32 PM

A Sharpee works for me. Cheaper and the tags not going to fall off.

amakarevic 09-16-2012 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1011074)
A Sharpee works for me. Cheaper and the tags not going to fall off.

Sharpee on what ? cable itself ? no, i can't write letters that small.

Speedy Petey 09-16-2012 05:14 PM

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Originally Posted by amakarevic (Post 1011078)
Sharpee on what ? cable itself ? no, i can't write letters that small.

Really? That's SOP in the trade.

amakarevic 09-16-2012 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Speedy Petey (Post 1011088)
Really? That's SOP in the trade.

what's SOP ?

Jim Port 09-16-2012 06:34 PM

standard operating procedure.

Missouri Bound 09-16-2012 07:48 PM

If you can't write that small...just make a chart and number them...every 4-5 feet if you like. Then look at the chart when you want to know what's what.

deverson 09-16-2012 08:11 PM

Take a small piece of romex jacket, write on it and slip over the wire. Cheap and big enough to get on most info.

amakarevic 09-16-2012 11:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Missouri Bound (Post 1011179)
If you can't write that small...just make a chart and number them...every 4-5 feet if you like. Then look at the chart when you want to know what's what.

no sir, that ain't gonna work -- cause there are areas that 6 or more cables are tight together (one in-between joists slot near the panel) and then also numerous holes in joists that have 2-3 cables going through...

amakarevic 09-16-2012 11:35 PM

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Originally Posted by deverson (Post 1011191)
Take a small piece of romex jacket, write on it and slip over the wire.

huh ??

directvman 09-16-2012 11:55 PM

White electrical tape works nice with a sharpie write on it then cut it off the place the cable in the middle of the tape and fold it in half making the 2 sticky sides stick together around the cable

allthumbsdiy 09-17-2012 01:33 AM

When I worked in a data center, cable management was a huge headache and we tried various methods (labels, bundling, etc.) What worked the best was a clear and updated labels on the main patch panel and corresponding circuit numbers on wires.

I think your intention is good, but some of those tags with strings will invariably get ripped off. If writing small is an issue, I agree with what Missouri Bound said earlier about writing (circuit) numbers.

BTW, don't pack those cables too tight to make them pretty. They generate heat

frenchelectrican 09-17-2012 01:36 AM

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Originally Posted by amakarevic (Post 1011078)
Sharpee on what ? cable itself ? no, i can't write letters that small.

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Originally Posted by Speedy Petey (Post 1011088)
Really? That's SOP in the trade.

I have done this all the time either in USA side or France side.

Use the fine point sharpe marker that work the best if you can write that small.

Or just write the numbers on the cables and next to the stud get larger marker and write it down what they are for.

Normally outside the panel I useally don't mark it beside the number then I go inside the breaker panel and find the numbered sleeve then it will tell what it goes.

Merci,
Marc

Speedy Petey 09-17-2012 06:53 AM

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Originally Posted by amakarevic (Post 1011059)
my goal is to label every cable every 4-5 ft and know instantly which is which. my cabling is pretty neatly laid out (no intertwining cables or even crossing one another), all as parallel as can be etc. i am pretty OCD but i like that cause i almost get seizures in chaotic situations. everything must be under control...

kind of like what i tried to illustrate

May I ask WHY you are looking to do this??? Is your OCD THAT bad?
Point being, this is a new project, WHEN and how often do you actually think you'll need to trace or troubleshoot these cables??

I understand if it something you really want to do, I am just curious.


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