Chandlery July 1, 2004 Issue

Cable Cuffs

Handy keepers for those unruly cords, wires, and lines.

Based on the variety of devices invented to tame them, unruly coils of rope, power cords, and hose seem to be a widespread annoyance. The latest we've encountered is called Cable Cuff. While this gadget is neither marketed nor designed for marine applications—we encountered it in our local Home Depot—it's made of non-corroding plastic and stainless steel, and it certainly can be useful aboard. 

Three sizes of Cable Cuff are available. This device easily clamps around the coiled strands to maintain them in orderly fashion, and can be used on board with hoses, power cords, electrical wire, or even lines.

The Cable Cuff comes in three sizes. The largest one opens to roughly 3" in diameter (it's more oval than round) and closes to a 1-1/2" x 2-3/4" shape; the smallest opens to 3/4" x 1-1/8" and closes to a 3/4" x 1/2" oval. Cable Cuffs look and work like handcuffs. There's a pivoting "jaw" with serrated teeth that lock into a mating section with a release button. You press the jaw into the mating section until it's closed as tightly as you wish. The release mechanism is operated with the thumb—it's a simple one-hand job. There's a molded-in handle, and a small-elongated hole that lets you tie the Cable Cuff to its "prisoner."

We tried Cable Cuffs on a variety of jobs, ranging from bundling computer cables—they have some significant advantages over cable ties, as they're reusable and can be removed without tools—to securing coils of rope to holding a coil of not-too-thick hose. We found the Cable Cuff to be convenient and secure. The latching mechanism is solid, and highly unlikely to open accidentally.

A "homeowner’s pack" of Cable Cuffs contains 10 small clamps, four mediums, and four large ones and is available from the manufacturer for $19.95. A package of 15 large clamps sells for $24.95. We think that they're worth a try.

Contact- Cable Cuff QA Worldwide, 727/528-1000, www.cableclamp.com

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