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    PSU cabling & sheathing solutions ?

    Hello all,

    One of my first jobs was making electrical harnesses from scratch for fire engines, so I'm familiar wrapping snake like nests of wires with loom tape, electrical insulation tape, fire retardant lattice sheathing, rubber heat shrink tubing and heat guns.

    I picked up a Seasonic S12 600 W PSU for a good price a while ago and as soon as I saw it I knew it had to be wrapped. Because of the relatively short runs of cable my initial lazy thought was to wrap the lot in tightly bound sticky electrical tape but after thinking about it I figured the long term temperature in the case would cause the tape to eventually lose stickyness, become untidy and leave hard to remove sticky residue over the cabling. If I ever needed to return the PSU to Seasonic it'd be a bitch trying to clean it off.

    However, that would be the simplest, cheapest, least line of resistance option which I'm still tempted by if you can convince me that average case temperatures isn't going to be great enough to cause problems with electrical tape over time?

    Surfing Google images I spotted "Power Supply Sleeving Made Easy". It gave an alternative method I'd already considered, only using liquid electrical tape. Bullseye, just the job I thought! Any of you guys had experience of liquid electrical tape? Ease of use / finish etc ?

    The fire retardant black lattice sheathing on these new modular PSUs always reminds me of Nora Batty's stockings. You guys know of any other worthwhile solutions, home made / shop bought, any other methods you've seen along the way?

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    I use black spiral wrap. You can get it from most places in about 3 different sizes, and you can easily take it off when you dont need it.
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    why not just use spiro wrap? as you can breakout the feeds where you need to.

    as an example Maplins spiro wrap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clunk View Post
    I use black spiral wrap. You can get it from most places in about 3 different sizes, and you can easily take it off when you dont need it.
    beat me to it lol

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    Braid the things! It's pretty easy, this kit is really good, has metal tools for removing the molexes etc so you don't have to get the braiding over them. I personally think black is the way forward with these as cables are messy looking whatever colour they are, but you can get all sorts of UV reactive ones.

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    Clunk's back spiral wrapping




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    Thanks folks. Picked up some spiro-wrap along with some neat electrical conduit, tapes ...a blue peter badge and some sticky back plastic - play time later on.

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