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Apr 15 15

A Brief Look at Cable Tie Types

by Amy

Cable Ties Plus wants to make sure you have the right cable tie to complete your bundling and securing jobs.  Using a cable tie that is not appropriate for the environment can disrupt operations and worse, create a safety hazard. Also, having the right cable tie for the right job can save you money in both the short and long run, regardless if you are a manufacturing plant or a marine engine repair shop.

Here are some types of cable ties and a few words on their design and usage.

General Purpose

General purpose cable ties are suitable for applications that do not require unique features. Their variations are ready for a series of conditions that promise both systems and users will be safe.

Weather Resistant

Engineered for outdoor use, weather resistant cable ties have been used to secure solar paneling, as well as other outdoor cabling where Mother Nature has slowly eaten away at the ties, resulting in future damage and costly maintenance.

Releasable Cable Ties

When you know the wiring or cabling configuration is going to change, such as in a server or communications room, you want to use releasable zip ties.  These cable ties release easily and may be used for hundreds if not thousands of releases.

Identification Cable Ties

Identification cable ties have many uses around the plant.  Not only can they help you identify which cables or wires are which, but they can also help you identify pipes, valves, and server stands.  You can write on or use stickers on the flags, depending on the type you purchase.  These cable ties are permanent, so they are also safer because they must be cut in order to be removed.


Tefzel cable ties resist moisture, meet regulatory requirements, and act as a proponent against environmental hazards. They are the right tools for high risk arenas where lethal radiation and chemicals are a consideration.

Metal Detectable

Metal Detectable cable ties are one of the most important cable ties used in the food, beverage, and cosmetic industries when cable ties are used on the manufacturing floor.  Should one of these cable ties fall into a product run, they can be detected by machines designed to ensure no metal has fallen into the run.  This saves a companu money in that by being detectable by the safety machines, they can easily pull the offending material out of the run before it hits the shelves and customer’s homes.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel cable ties have a superior resistance to corrosion. Widely used in chemical and food processing, manufacturing and marine atmospheres, they promise superior strength against chemicals, acids and high temperatures.


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Apr 13 15

Quick Disconnect Terminals

by Amy

Quick disconnect terminals are a durable resource used in many industries, including engineering, automotive, manufacturing and more. If properly engineered, a quick disconnect terminal will not be designed merely to meet NEMA specifications. Proper manufacturing ensures they are produced with a variety of options that meet exacting standards and fulfill their obligations to every customer and task.

Quick disconnect terminals are the best way to modify wiring systems. You can swiftly connect and reconnect wiring using a sophisticated yet simple device that provides versatility in a variety of applications. Put the soldering equipment away, as you can manage the level of secure electrical currents expected in your systems using quick disconnect terminals, without all the extra work

Quick disconnects are designed for common and complex uses. Engineers and mechanics utilize them for modules and gauges in the automotive industry. Industrial uses include PCB connections, switch operation, terminal blocks and HVAC tasks for capacitors and relays. These devices can handle multiple American Wire Gauge sizes and adhere to the requirements of AWG color coding. They have the capacity to withstand temperature ranges between -40° and 220° Fahrenheit.

Quick disconnect terminals are produced with tin-plated brass and a variety of features. There are fully insulated devices in both the male and female categories. All are engineered with a high quality nylon coating that prevents leakage, and they will dependably secure your wiring installations. Best of all, their versatility is only trumped by their ease of use. Installation requires only a clearing of the wire before inserting it into the device and crimping the tube closed.

Once you begin using quick disconnect terminals, you may consider throwing out your old tools. (We’d advise you don’t!) Instead, buy these quick disconnect terminals in bulk because we are sure once you see their many applications and ease of use, they will become a primary resource in all your wiring installations.

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Jul 17 14

Use Cable Tie Fasteners for Outdoor Activities

by Amy

Whoever invented cable ties had a really great idea and people everywhere have found nearly endless uses for them. Most ties are made of 6/6 grade nylon, are resistant to chemicals and oils, and are available in various colors and sizes to meet individual needs. Black cable ties are UV resistant and are used most in outdoor applications. Cable ties are typically used to make secure connections between objects, bundle electrical wires or cables, and ensure outdoor tent connectors will not fail.

The warm summer months bring people outdoors for many activities that may include backyard weddings, graduation parties, or neighborhood picnics. Party tents are often erected to provide shelter from the sun or rain if the gathering will include a large number of people. Tent rental companies often recommend using cable ties to make sure the tent connections do not fail, and the self locking design of the ties makes the installation easy.

Formal events such as a wedding usually require electrical wiring and cables to power a PA system, speakers, and musical equipment. These wires and cables must be bundled and securely fastened to prevent the guests from tripping or becoming entangled in them. Cable ties make the job of fastening these electrical components together quick and easy. In addition, removing the equipment is easy since the nylon ties can be easily removed once the party is over.

Cable ties are not only ideal for heavy duty applications, but they are handy helpers in the lawn and garden area too. Since black cable ties are UV resistant, homeowners depend on them to secure fencing around the garden or hold a decorative trellis in place. The homeowner can feel sure these nylon fasteners will not fail in most outdoor applications, so their flowers and vegetable gardens will be protected as long as necessary.

Most homeowners have a collection of cable ties for both indoor and outdoor use, and find the easy installation of the securely locking fasteners invaluable for countless uses. Cable Ties Plus carries a full line of cable ties and specialty cable ties for any project you may encounter.


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Jun 27 14

Protection From Playground Injury With Heat Shrink Tubing

by Amy

As much time children have on playground swing sets, these playground staples can also be quite dangerous. Each year, swing sets are the leading cause of injury on home playgrounds. More than 150,000 children are injured on them in the US annually. In addition, playgrounds lacking in maintenance contribute to injuries among children who use the equipment. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to keep your private or public playground in tip-top shape.

Any proper inspection of playground equipment includes looking for cracks in the seat, examining the chains for rust, and checking the links for deformities. A playground supervisor should also look for worn hangers, sharp edges, and signs of vandalism. Examining the swing sets for pinch points is among these essential duties.

With so many different things that can go wrong on a swing set, you want to diminish the possibility of injuries, including pinched fingers. Heat shrink tubing is one strong and long lasting material that can help. Heat shrink tubing is used by professional playground supervisors and even those who have personal swing sets to prevent children from getting their fingers pinched in the chains they hold on to as they swing. The tubing should completely cover the chain and when heated, shrinks down to fit around the chain. Children can still easily and more comfortably grip the chain. Heat shrink tubing can be used on other playground equipment as well.

Climbing equipment with chains has also been known to cause injury to both fingers and toes. Even certain types of monkey bars can benefit from additional covering. Any piece of playground equipment with chain links should be covered for the best protection possible. As an added benefit, the tubing is resistant to many fluids and solvents that could be used by vandals to vandalize and disrupt the playground.

Utilizing new safety precautions, including heat shrink tubing from Cable Ties Plus, can save the fingers of many little ones. Children can play safely and parents do not need to fear that children will walk away with injured fingers or toes.

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Apr 8 14

Zip Cable Ties Keep Home Supplies Intact

by Amy

The plumbing in your home has to be put together in a precise manner. A single space or crack can lead to water leaks and other issues with your plumbing system. Cable zip ties can keep any type of plumbing together and working properly for years.

Zip Cable Ties Can Withstand Moisture

A good cable tie can withstand the moisture that will pass through any piece of plumbing. This is a good thing since you send water through your pipes each time you take a shower or flush your toilet. Heavy duty cable ties will not break or crack regardless of how much water passes through your pipes.

Cable Zip Ties Can Withstand Temperature Changes

Each day, homeowners send both hot and cold water through the pipes. In addition, the pipes themselves may be placed in an environment where they will experience hot and cold temperatures. Fortunately, the cable zip ties that you use will be able to withstand such temperature extremes regardless of where they are placed in your home.

Zip Ties Can Be Used As Temporary Tools

If you see that a pipe is cracked or does not fit properly, you can use a zip tie as a temporary solution to that problem. The zip tie will hold the plumbing together until you can use better or stronger tools to fix the problem permanently. Using extra heavy black zip ties as opposed to natural  zip ties can help you find urgent problems that need to be fixed.

The Ties Are Easy To Use

You don’t have to be an expert to use a cable zip tie. As long as you can put the tie through the lock, you are good to go. If there is any slack after you have locked the tie, you can use a tool such as a wrench or screwdriver to reduce that slack.

If you have a plumbing project at home, you can use cable zip ties to make a quality repair or keep each piece together. In addition to being great for keeping pieces together, they can withstand moisture and temperature extremes. This means that you won’t have to worry about your plumbing becoming loose over time.


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Apr 3 14

Help Prevent Battery Woes

by Amy

Battery cables take a lot of heat when your engine gets heated up.  Protect your battery cables from heat and stress by using Cable Ties Plus heat shrink tubing.  The heat shrink tubing offers an extra layer of protection from the elements and it can also protect the cable should your starter burn out.  The tubing is very easy to install.  Release the cable from your battery and slip it over the cable.  Then heat tubing up to a temperature above 212°F / 100°C so it shrinks tightly around the cables and you are ready to go.  The best time to do this is when you are replacing your battery cables.  The Heat Shrink Tubing can protect your battery cables against fuel and oils, solvents, and helps resist corrosion.

There is also another product you can use to protect your battery cables and that is Expandable Sleeving.  This sleeving stretches to fit around cables and offers cut-through resistance which helps protect your battery cables from being cut if you should have something sharp kick up into the engine compartment or should someone slip with a tool.  This is also a good solution for a motor boat because it helps prevent fungus build up and allows any liquid that has been sprayed around to drain off the cables.

You make a big investment in your car and boat decisions.  Just a little bit of extra protection can go a long way in protecting your investment from harm.

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Mar 12 14

Repair Your Wire Fencing with Heavy Duty Cable Ties

by Amy

When a fence breaks, it can cause a lot of problems. For example, you may have animals that can get loose. Fortunately, there are ways that you can easily fix your fence quickly until you find a more permanent solution. One of the simplest ways to repair your broken fence is with heavy-duty or extra heavy-duty cable ties. These ties are easy to find because you may already have them in your tool box.

If your chain link fence has a hole in it, then you can use heavy-duty zip ties to hook the links together. Repairing a hole with cable ties is cheaper and quicker than replacing the whole fence. You can even purchase heavy-duty cable ties to keep your chickens in their coop. Using fasteners can help repair small holes and keep the wire in shape for a long time to come.

Cable Ties Plus carries a wide variety of zip ties.  You can order specific tools and accessories based on your needs as well. For example, you can choose between nylon or stainless steel cable ties. Heavy-duty zip ties are inexpensive and they help the installation process by making it quick and simple. All you have to do is loop the tie around each section of the fence to hook the broken pieces together and cut off the tail.

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Dec 18 13

Cable Tie Wraps Add Stability To HVAC Products

by Amy

If you are dealing with drafty duct work or need to keep a large furnace in place, you want to use a cable tie wraps in both instances. Cable ties make it easy to keep items large and small in place regardless of how hot or cold the surrounding environment may be.

Cable Tie Wraps Come In A Variety Of Colors

Cable ties can come in a variety of colors such as white or black. Using a different color for each item can help you tie wraps blend in for a cleaner look. Using a variety of colors can also help you differentiate between units if a particular unit needs to be serviced in the future. For example, if you have drafty ducts, you can use a black tie to indicate that the tie wrap is supposed to be temporarily as opposed to a permanent solution.

Keep Your AC Unit From Falling Out Of The Window

If you live in an apartment, you may be forced to use a window air conditioning unit as opposed to central air. In the event that you live on a top floor, you can use cable zip ties or tie wraps to keep the air conditioner secure in the window. Any wire or wires that protrude from the unit can be secured as well using a tie wrap. The tie wrap can prevent the wires from tangling or taking up too much space in your apartment.

Keep Wires Away From Any HVAC Product In The House

Those who have a heat pump or a large furnace in the basement may have a wire or a group of wires that surround the unit. In a basement, there is a good chance that water could pool around or near your furnace at any given time. While the furnace may be able to withstand a little bit of water, you want to make sure that any wire associated with the HVAC product stays dry. Tie wraps or cable zip ties can help you keep the wires above water.

Cable zip ties or tie wraps can keep wires organized and secure while also helping to tie down a variety of products. If you have large HVAC units in your home, you need the right tools to keep them from becoming unusable.


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Dec 9 13

Nylon, Wire And Locking Cable Zip Ties Add Stability

by Amy
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A strong cable locking zip tie can add stability to any structure.

Are you looking to put up a screen around your property or looking for something to keep the wind away at the local park? If so, a locking cable zip tie can be the answer to your problem. With a quality zip tie, you can hold down tennis screens regardless of how windy it gets.

Zip Ties Are Perfect In Any Weather

If you live in an area where the temperatures vary throughout the year, a nylon zip tie or tie wrap

Is the perfect product to keep your tennis screen in place. Whether it is warm or cold outside, the tie will not chip or degrade in any fashion. This means that you will have a strong locking mechanism to keep the screen in place whenever the kids are playing baseball or you are playing tennis at the local court.

Zip Ties Are Easy Tools To Use

Those who are looking to put a screen up on their own property can do so quickly and easily with the right zip tie. A locking cable zip tie can be wrapped around any part of the screen that needs to stay secure within seconds. Simple everyday tools such as a screwdriver can be used to further secure the zip tie if you want maximum tensile strength.

Buy Them Online For Cheap

Zip tie wraps are inexpensive products that you can purchase for a few dollars. This is perfect for anyone looking to finish a home improvement project without breaking their budget. If you are adding the screen to an existing structure, a zip tie is a good tool to use to secure it because you can easily cut the tie if and when you want to move the screen in the future.

Whether you are using tie wraps around the house or for a larger project in the community, they are exactly what you need to do the project right. When the tennis screen goes up, the wind will stay out and the zip tie wrap will keep each section of the structure secured to each other as well as to the ground.

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Nov 27 13

Cable Zip Ties Make Great Security Products

by Amy

The police have a tough and often thankless job. It is their duty to protect and serve the citizens in their community. Part of this job entails arresting criminals who are threatening the safety and security of residents and business owners. Using cable zip ties makes it easier to apprehend criminals.

Cable Zip Ties Are Hard For People To Break Free From

Cable zip ties are products that you can’t break easily. Once the zip tie is secure, it will take a pair of scissors or any other human intervention to get them off. That is why zip ties are used to control crowds during a riot or whenever handcuffs aren’t available.

Zip Ties Are Inexpensive

If you are running a small police force in a rural area, a zip tie is preferable to a handcuff because of their low price. Any police force can afford to keep a large store of zip ties on hand whenever a crime is being committed. Police officers who are off-duty can use zip ties if they have to stop a crime when they don’t have the typical equipment available to apprehend a suspect.

Zip Ties Are Easy To Use

It doesn’t take much experience to use a zip tie. All you need to do is secure the suspect’s hands and wrap the cable tie around them. Due to the fact that it is so easy to use, a cable ties are a preferred security tool because you don’t have to spend a lot of time fumbling with them or letting a suspect get away because you couldn’t successfully apprehend him or her.

Zip ties add value to any security operation because they are inexpensive, easy to use and anyone can have them at any time. Therefore, if your police force is not used cable ties as a backup security tool, you are paying what could be a heavy price if a criminal were to escape because he or she couldn’t be detained properly.

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