Is this safe!? My cable management + my setup! :D

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  1. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
    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


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  2. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    Just try to make sure the mains side isn't kinked or looped tightly and you'll be fine.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2007
    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.
  4. macrumors demi-god


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Personally I wouldn't jam anything that could spark and/or heat up excessively inside a confined, flammable container.

  5. macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2009
    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!
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.


    With a wooden lid on.
    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.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2005
    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.

  8. macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    Sydney, Australia
    If you are that worried, then you should consider getting this.

    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.
  9. macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2009

    This is really nice looking! And, yes, much safer than cardboard.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    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. :)
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    New York
    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:
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2009
    Why do you have to hide the cables?
    Just buy some cable ties and cover the wires nest with some clothes.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2003
    Canada GTA
  14. macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2008
    Long Island
  15. macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2009
    You should look into a Furman power conditioner, and like everyone said the cardboard box isn't a safe idea.

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