Keeping test leads tidy? Any good suggestions without drilling the walls?
My shack is actually a spare bedroom, and I have managed to kit it out with benches round 2 walls and most wanted attributes without drilling ANY holes in the walls. The house is internally lined with those dreadful butter soft insulating blocks you can cut with a bread knife, so securing heavy stuff to them is a nightmare, so I now avoid holes at all where possible.
Now, all my test leads, jump leads, patch leads, blah blah, are in a permanently tangled state in drawers, and it's driving me crazy. There has to be a nifty way to store this stuff, but short of something like pegs or hooks in the wall, what are my options, has anyone come up with any tips and tricks they'd perhaps like to share please? Thanks.
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TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
I have a small book case on the end of my desk there are a couple of hooks in the side of that book case and from the hooks I have my test leads and cables hanging.
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A towel rack or curtain rod on the end of desk or wall mount. try to get a square one so leads will stay on.also use S hangers over the rod for small clip leads......good luck......Glenn
If you only could work some way to make 2 small holes, this would be a good solution. Maybe mount it on the back of the shack door?? Other than the suggestions above about plastic bags, I don't know any other way. I used to use these hangers at work. Before I discovered them, I had made a long one from wood using a jig saw for here in the shack--mounted high, behind the door...but you could put a couple of these ON the back of the door. I made some big slots to take RG-8 jumpers, etc. These nice metal ones are made by Pomona and others. They are available in different lengths, colors, and slot sizes. You probably don't need to use all 4 holes.
Can you hang a rack from the ceiling?
When I chased electrons for a living, we had dozens of the little finger racks for out test leads like AD8T's picture. I had a couple of them on my big standing rack and a couple on the ends of my bench.
Those are all good ideas as well, I use a tie rack, simple and lots of hooks to hang the leads from, keep the leads seperated and tidy! 73,Michelle