How To Ensure Neat Cables During An Electrical Installation

If you are planning to install some electrical cables in your house, you should plan not only for the functionality of the cables but also for the aesthetics of your finished workplace. Here are a few tips to ensure your cable installation is neat.

Measure Carefully Before Cutting        

Cutting your cables either too short or too long will make you end up with untidy cables after the installation is done. If you cut your cables too short, you will be forced to cut other short lengths and connect your cables to reach the desired length. The more connections your cables have the more they will look untidy and disorganized. If you cut the cables too long, they will also look untidy because you will have superfluous wires hanging all over the place. That is why the old adage of measuring twice and cutting once is very applicable in cable management; it is the best way to ensure you use the right cable lengths from the start.

Use Short Patch Cables

A patch cable is used to connect two electronic devices together. For example, you may need a patch cable to connect your computer to your router or your router to your security system. Unlike wires that carry electrical current, patch cables cannot or should not be cut, you should just buy one of the desired lengths. This means it is easy to end up with an unusually lengthy patch cable, which results in the classic problem of hanging cables. Avoid this problem by measuring your connection points so that you know the exact patch cable length you need before purchase.

Use Conduits with Room for Upgrade

If you are going to route your wires through a conduit, which is useful both for tidiness and safety purposes, you should not buy the exact conduit size you need today. If you buy the exact conduit you need, then it won't have room for further wires that you may need in the future. Therefore, if you want to thread four wires through a conductor, but a conduit that can carry more than four cables so that even if you need to install additional wires in the future, you will still be able to pass them through the same conduit.

Don't forget that, in most cases, functionality, efficiency, and safety of electrical wiring are all intertwined. Let a professional electrical contractor handle the installation for you if you don't have confidence in your abilities.