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Audio snakes: outer housing.
Old 2nd July 2005
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Audio snakes: outer housing.

I'm making some sets of D-SUB/XLR cables for my Apogees, and I'm wondering what the standard ways of wrapping the cables are. I'm guessing that rubber housing used on audio snakes is manufactured around the inner cables; otherwise I don't see how you could get the cables through. I've tried big heat shrink
tubing, but it wrinkles too much; unless there's something other than the 3M stuff that stays pliable after it's been shrunk.

I really don't want to put zip-ties every couple of feet.
Old 2nd July 2005
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Hey Max,

How long is the snake, how many cables, and approximate inside diameter needed? If it's out of sight, tie straps ain't a bad deal. Our drummer had a cymbal stand come loose, go over, and cut cleanly through a 24 channel snake, taking out 6 or 8 cables. That was the expensive end of that 'enclosed' snake. Heat shrink all pretty much shrivels, and doesn't look to good. Don't rule out things like (flexible) garden hose; tough and relatively cheap. Empty BX wire casing (Greenfield) can be had in various diameters at Home Depot, etc. It also makes for a secondary shield. Contact cable manufacturers like Belden to get a line on slightly oversized casing that you can pull through. Tell them what your doing. They can be very helpful if your humble heh . Good luck, Paul
Old 4th July 2005
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Yeah, you're right. Having the capability to replace a line is nice. Thanks!
Old 4th July 2005
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If you don't want to use ty-raps, you can always make up some short lengths of shrink tubing and use them in lieu of ty-raps.

I did that with some of the tiny leads from a P&G fader recently:

Old 4th July 2005
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If you want real casing, consider heat shrink that is a little oversized, so that you can snake/pull the wire bundle through. Then leave the tubing unshrunk(is that a word?). Should look great, plus chemical resistance. You have to know the approximate maximum diameter of the bundle. Practice on something like copper tubing that you can measure the ID of. Then take a look here for choices.


The black flexible stuff looks nice. Just buy oversized, and don't bother shrinking. If problems develop, you can always pull the bad wire and snake a new one!


Good luck, Paul
Old 6th July 2005
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Great link; my head's spinning!

I think I'm going to have to call these guys about this. From the looks of their product listing, some of their tubing ought to shrink down to a more flexible material.

I did a little experiment with flattening out the heat shrink and snipping little openings on each of the 'folds'. Seems to make the tubing more flexible.

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