3 Easy Steps to Managing Cables

March 20, 2012 by CHAUVET DJ


by Wallace Greenaway, CHAUVET® DJ Product Manager

Trying to manage hundreds of feet of cable can be a daunting task — especially for DJs who are trying to set up and breakdown in a limited amount of time. If you carelessly toss your cables in a duffle bag at the end of your gig, you’re going to end up with a tangled mess the next time you set up. Following these three easy steps will make for an easy set up that will decrease your level of frustration and save you money replacing damaged gear.

1. Keep it clean
Always clean your cables before you wrap them and store them away. If you have an outside gig, your cables can get covered in grass, dirt, mud and all kinds of environmental remnants. Be sure to wipe them down with a damp rag. Personally, I use rubbing alcohol because it gets the job done and evaporates almost immediately. Indoor events usually require cables to be taped down which in turn can leave a sticky residue behind. Invest in a bottle of Goo Gone® for tougher jobs.

2. Properly wrap your cables
Properly wrapping your cables after each gig will save you a lot of frustration and money. If you wrap your cables incorrectly, you run the risk of damaging or breaking the wires inside and having to replace them. Simply tossing your cables in a bag or box can lead to a tangled bird’s nest of wires. Click here for tips on how to (properly) wrap cables.

3. Storage
Once you have properly wrapped your cables, consider tagging them so you know what size you’re working with. Staying organized will help decrease your set up time because cables will be clearly labeled and will unravel flawlessly. For safe storage and easy transportation, invest in a road case or plastic bin with a secure lid.

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