Initial cable installations require fasteners that are quick, simple and durable. It’s easy to choose plastic ties to save a little on upfront costs, but those single-use solutions can come with some unintended consequences. Reusable and flexible cable fasteners, such as VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tapes, are a wise solution for contractors who do initial cable installations.
1. Make Inspectors Happy and Comply with Building Codes
Major US cities are leading the way in cable installation regulations and many building inspectors in those cities prefer hook and loop fasteners over plastic ties. Considering this emerging trend, avoid having to redo a project by using VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tape as a solution to meet these demands.
Additionally, certain industry standards, such as TIA (568.D-0, 2018), BICSI (ITSIMM, 7th Edition) and AVIXA (F502.01:2018) all suggest hook and loop fasteners for cable installations to prevent cable damage and maximize data flow. VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tape is also available in a fire retardant version that helps installers comply with NEC standards.
2. Ease the Job for Maintenance Subcontractors
After the initial cable installation, the job is never truly done. Defective or outdated cables and equipment require a subcontractor or a maintenance team to provide the care a system needs to last its lifetime. Be considerate of these workers by using flexible and reusable fasteners on initial cable installations.
If a job is done exclusively with plastic ties, this adds unnecessary work for the maintenance team because extra time and labor is needed to undo and replace every plastic tie. Having to cut every plastic tie increases the risk of injury and damage and will leave a mess of discarded ties for maintenance to clean up.
3. Create Consistency in Initial Cable Installations
Since maintenance teams regularly work on moves, adds and changes, they’ll likely use reusable fasteners, regardless of what was used for the initial cable installation. Using the same kind of fasteners will make the project look professional with a consistent and clean appearance instead of a mishmash of multiple fasteners. Not only will your subcontractors be thankful, but your customers will also take notice.
By using flexible and reusable cable fasteners, such as VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tape, installers can comply with emerging installation regulations, develop positive relationships with maintenance subcontractors and create a clean and professional project.