by David, 26 August 2002
your computer is usually a mess of cables. IDE cables, PSU power
cables, floppy cables, fan wires etc etc. You name it, its there.
The mess of cables, if not properly organised, can contribute to
bad airflow through your case. And as we all know, bad airflow =
higher case temperatures. Higher case temperatures lead to higher
CPU temperatures. Not a very desirable scenario. Thus, to clear
and tidy your case of wires to allow for optimum airflow, some opt
to use spiral wrap.
wrap is sometimes hard to get, depending on where you are. There
are some online stores selling spiral wrap, but often at a high
this short article, I show you an alternative to conventional spiral
wrap, using materials you can easily find at most department stores,
which won't break the bank.
of scissors, a fine tipped permanent marker pen, and some length
of transparent tubing. The size and diameter of the tubing is entirely
up to you. If you want to wrap a thick bunch of cables, like PSU
cables, or IDE cables, then get appropriately sized tubes to use.
the permanent marker, and mark around the tubing, a spiralling line,
as shown in the picture above. You can vary the width of the lines
going round, according to your preferences.
take the scissors and then cut the tubing following the lines you
just drew. The reason I used a permanent marker was so that the
lines drawn wouldn't be rubbed out by me when handling the tube
you're finished cutting, voila! Your own DIY spiral wrap.
blue marker I used leaves a nice blue outline on the spiral wrap.
The small diameter tubes I used make the wrap I made perfect for
wrapping around the wires of my DIY fanbus.
are many variations to how you can cut the tubing. You could simply
forego the spiral cutting, and simply just cut straight down to
tube, though that would make the tube less flexible in terms of
holding together a bunch of wires. Experiment with the best style
for yourself, as only you know what you like.
tubing cost me RM 1 for a 3 foot length of 0.5cm diamter tubing.
In comparison, a similar length of spiral wrap will cost 3 times
as much if bought locally here in Malaysia, and our selection is
limited to only one size. Transparent tubing can be found in a variety
of sizes, thus you can vary the sizes of tubes used according to
this short article helped you some in your quest to get the most
out of your system, for the least amount of money.
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