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LERsince1991
Jan 10, 2010, 12:29 PM
Hi I just thought I best check with others to see what you think about my cable management system because I don't want something to suddenly blow a fused or set a fire :/

Basically theres 8 power plugs (through 2 extension leads) and 4 usb connections and lots of cable very tightly packed into a shoe box (size 10 UK :P )

The 8 power plugs are all powered from one power socket on the wall and mostly all on at the same time.

The equipment thats being power from this is a 22" Acer monitor, an external HD, a printer, phone charger, camera battery charger, a 25W lamp and then the thing I'm worried will pull too much power is a hi-fi amp (Kenwood A-82, which pulls 150w according to the back of it).

I've attached a photo of the setup and the cable management solution :P

Luke

Gav2k
Jan 10, 2010, 12:31 PM
Just try to make sure the mains side isn't kinked or looped tightly and you'll be fine.

cagilber
Jan 10, 2010, 12:39 PM
I would get rid of the paper labels just incase you get a spark. Maybe replace them w/ some sort of sticky labels you can write on.

LethalWolfe
Jan 10, 2010, 12:44 PM
Personally I wouldn't jam anything that could spark and/or heat up excessively inside a confined, flammable container.


Lethal

Mark72501
Jan 10, 2010, 01:46 PM
While the idea is nice, the cardboard shoe box probably isn't the best medium to use. Keeping with the same idea, you could purchase a plastic storage box at your local store, with the lid, and then drill some holes in the lid for heat dissipation and basically end up with the same result. Heck, it could even be better!

Nice idea, though!

Zaap
Jan 10, 2010, 07:47 PM
I've used a similar system to hide wiring for well over 10 years with no problems. For my home office desk, I purchased a wooden box for monitor power cables, USB hub and external drive power bricks, etc.

http://www.wareview.com/images/wirebox1.jpg

http://www.wareview.com/images/wirebox2.jpg
With a wooden lid on.
http://att.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=181559&d=1247022760
As seen next to my desk.


I really doubt there's any more chance of this catching fire as there is if the wiring were on carpet, near drapes, or anything else flammable. I would recommend a wooden or plastic box over cardboard though, and yes, probably get rid of the paper labels.

joshwest
Jan 10, 2010, 11:04 PM
What i did was buy one of these @ ikea,leave the back panel out and ran everything into the large bottom drawer. Work really well i have all my external's in there plus a Belkin Powerstrip that i can turn off with a shnazy remote.


http://www.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/119/4/AAAAArpzI6kAAAAAARlPhQ.jpg

Yokomo
Jan 11, 2010, 04:05 AM
If you are that worried, then you should consider getting this.

http://www.belkin.com/surgeprotection/concealed/

or a UPS.

At the end of the day, I run my stuff on a UPS and if I have power outage I got time to shutdown my equipment gracefully. I run 2 x 24 inch Monitor + 2 x PC and 2 x External drive + a MBP.

Cheers Yokomo.

Mark72501
Jan 11, 2010, 10:00 AM
I've used a similar system to hide wiring for well over 10 years with no problems. For my home office desk, I purchased a wooden box for monitor power cables, USB hub and external drive power bricks, etc.

IMAGE SNIP


As seen next to my desk.


I really doubt there's any more chance of this catching fire as there is if the wiring were on carpet, near drapes, or anything else flammable. I would recommend a wooden or plastic box over cardboard though, and yes, probably get rid of the paper labels.


This is really nice looking! And, yes, much safer than cardboard.

-Ryan-
Jan 11, 2010, 05:14 PM
I think a cardboard box is fine for a UK plug. Any other plug is probably dangerous, but UK plugs are the sturdiest and the safest and certainly the least likely to cause a fire. :)

mousouchop
Jan 12, 2010, 12:29 AM
I think a cardboard box is fine for a UK plug. Any other plug is probably dangerous, but UK plugs are the sturdiest and the safest and certainly the least likely to cause a fire. :)

I don't care how safe it my *seem*... All that electricity running through that box-- I would be afraid of the potential heat build up...

I would invest in a small storage bin or something of the like that would be a little less flammable that a cardboard box + paper tags. haha. Geez! :eek:

Hilmi Hamidi
Jan 12, 2010, 03:11 AM
Why do you have to hide the cables?
Just buy some cable ties and cover the wires nest with some clothes.

Ryan1524
Jan 12, 2010, 03:58 AM
THat's kinda stupid, to be honest.

nickXedge
Jan 12, 2010, 02:44 PM
...no. It is not safe.

jord1985
Jan 15, 2010, 08:37 PM
You should look into a Furman power conditioner, and like everyone said the cardboard box isn't a safe idea.