You can use cable cleats or cable ties to anchor electrical cables during an installation project. Which option is better for you? This article discusses why cable cleats may be a better option than cable ties. Use this information to help you to choose the material that is better suited to your DIY electrical installation project.
Cable cleats are available in several designs to suit the requirements of your project. For instance, you can choose a single cleat design if you would like to anchor a single cable. Similarly, you may choose a trefoil cleat design if you would like to clamp several cables together. Cable ties do not allow you the same liberty to choose how the cables will be held. This is because the ties hold all the cables together without the possibility of separating them in the way that cable cleats can permit.
Greater Tensile Strength
Cable ties are usually thin and narrow. These dimensions make them to have less material used during their manufacturing process when compared to cable cleats that are usually thicker and wider than cable ties. Consequently, cable cleats may hold the cables more firmly than the thin cable ties that are thin and narrow. When extreme load conditions exist (such as during a short circuit), cable ties may be more likely to fail due to their thinner construction.
The performance reliability of the two cable anchoring systems also varies. For instance, the attachment method used when fitting cable ties may increase or lower their performance. An example of how the mounting method can affect cable tie reliability is the use of a mounting bracket to hold the tie firmly in place. The cable tie will be less reliable if the mounting bracket is loosely anchored in the wall over which the power cable is running. However, the same cable tie will perform better if the mounting bracket is firm within the wall over which the cable is running.
Cable cleats do not need any mounting mechanism in order to do their work well. This makes them to be more likely to deliver the same performance characteristics that the manufacturer designed them to perform. It may therefore be better to use cable cleats since they do not rely on external factors in order to perform at their best level.
Discuss the issues above with a power equipment supplier so that he or she gives you additional guidance about the cable anchoring system that will be best suited to your application.