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Properly Secure Low Voltage Wires and Data Cables

Low-voltage electrical wire and cable staples installation uses

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Properly Secure Low Voltage Wires and Data Cables

Secure low voltage wires and data cables to prevent hazardous situations and component issues. Two very common brands for cable management are Arrow, who specializes in staple guns, and Gardner Bender, who specializes in manually installed staples and fasteners. You may find these products either in the hardware section, electrical section, or both of your local home improvement store.

  • Staple Gun (i) There are specialized staples and staple guns per cable and wire application. A standard staple gun can possibly damage a cable or wire that’s intended for a specific shape of staple. (ii) Using a hammer will not work with staples designed for a staple gun. The staples are too thin in material and will bend when hit.
  • Manual Staple – (i) This financially makes the most sense if doing some rearranging or a small remodel. Fasteners are more robust than staple gun staples and designed to be tacked on with a hammer. (ii) Thermostat, phone, alarm and speaker wires fall under the low voltage group when looking for the proper staples. Data cable will have it’s own design of fastener.

Staples and fasteners to secure low voltage wire

Tips:

  • When planning your project, take notes on the exact cable or wire you are wanting to fasten, and consider the length of staple needed as various sizes are offered. Also, various colors of staples are available to better blend with your project when exposed in a finished area.
  • Buy extra staples as you can always return unused packages, and they are fairly cheap even if  to keep in your own stockpile.
  • Alligator Clip Staple HolderUse as many staples to the point where you feel the cable or wire is secure without excessive slack. There is no exact spacing to follow in this case.
  • When using the smaller manual staples consider holding the staple with a tool of some sort. (i) Wire strippers work well as they are narrow and not as bulky as standard pliers. (ii) A pair of needle nose pliers may be useful at times. (iii) As shown, you can get creative and use a telescoping alligator clip. This little tool allows you to adjust how far your hand is away from the staple, and has a firm grasp of the staple. (iv) There are also special magnetic tools to help hold nails and staples.
3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Correy Smith

    July 8, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    This reminds of the data and electrical cabling that were done in the office of a company that I used to work for in Idaho. The work that was done in that office was small pieces of staples stapled somewhat in between the cable just like in the illustration. It’s something that i would see in other buildings as well which is quite interesting to see.

  2. Edmund Doran

    February 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    This is fine for stapling into wood, but what about securing low voltage cables to painted wallboard?

    • Editorial Staff

      February 28, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Hi Edmund,
      Good question. Didn’t consider those applications when the article was created. A product like the Legrand Cord Management can work. Many home improvement stores will carry such items in the electrical section.

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