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  1. pevweb

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    trying to figure out how to take a length of about 4' of 5 individual cables (small 12v cables) and put them into a rubber tube or something so that they aren't loose. I would essentially like a flexible tube kind of like the same material you would have in a long extension cord. I could take an extension cord, gut it and then put my cables in but I would rather not waste an existing cord. ideas?
     
  2. Harald Kapp

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    Silicone or PVC hose readily available online on different marketplaces, by different vendors in different diameters, lengths and colors.
    Or look up "flexible cable conduit" - specially designed for this purpose. Usually easier to insert and remove cables from these than from a hose.
     
  3. pevweb

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    thanks....everything I'm finding seems fairly rigid (compared to a regular extension). the bulk seems to be that corrugated tubing which is rather stiff. I think I'll just steal 4-5 feet from one of my extensions :)
     
  4. Externet

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    Already made for wiring a household thermostat, or for telephone wiring if thinner awg22 works,
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    Or stuffed vinyl hose as for fish tank available in many diametres at the hardware store; or a section of defunct garden hose...

    Cat4 ----> https://networkencyclopedia.com/category-4-cabling/
     
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  5. pevweb

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    thermostat wire seems to be what I should have gone with! it's a fraction of the price and already has sheathing on.. I'll go get a few meters!
    any limitations to that cable? other than it's just rated for 12 volts
     
  6. Externet

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    The AWG rating will tell the current capability. In stranded cable version will be much more flexible than in solid wire version.
     
  7. Bluejets

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    Also cabling used for alarm systems....insulation rated more than likely at no more than about 24v.
    Current rated as above.#6
     
  8. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    Also much more reliable as the risk of a broken cable is so much lower with stranded wire.
     
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