We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What are Cable Ties?

Michael Pollick
Updated Jan 29, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Cable ties are usually small plastic strips used to secure a bundle of separate wires or cables. A ratcheting system allows the ties to be tightened without causing damage to the individual wires. Cable ties are generally inexpensive, and can be ordered in various colors and sizes. Standard lengths range from 4 inches (10.16 cm) for home use to 48 inches (121.92 cm) for industrial needs. For temporary use, standard garbage bag ties with ratchet designs can often be used in their place.

Many projects involving wired components, such as stereo systems or computer installations, can quickly become unwieldy without the aid of cable ties. Wire bundles often need to be threaded through small openings — a task that becomes much easier with the wires all held together. Projects involving cables and wires can also present a tripping hazard, which could lead in turn to vital connections being pulled out of their sockets. Ties placed at regular intervals can keep stray wires out of high traffic areas.

Another popular use for cable ties is identification of individual systems. An elaborate home theater system often contains wires leading to and from video, audio, and auxiliary sources. By using color-coded ties, users can easily identify which bundled wires lead to which components. Red ties could represent video while green ties indicate audio, for example.

Standard cable ties do an excellent job of keeping wires bundled together, but they may not offer protection from the elements or other stresses. Instead, some technicians use a cable wrap that covers the entire bundle. This cable protection system may use Velcro™ technology for security or several judiciously placed ties. Individual wires are protected from excessive bending and friction, which naturally leads to a longer life and fewer repairs. Cable ties are an inexpensive solution to what can often become a very complicated problem involving tangled wiring and frayed nerves.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Michael Pollick
By Michael Pollick
As a frequent contributor to WiseGeek, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide range of topics. His curiosity drives him to study subjects in-depth, resulting in informative and engaging articles. Prior to becoming a professional writer, Michael honed his skills as an English tutor, poet, voice-over artist, and DJ.

Related Articles

Discussion Comments
Michael Pollick
Michael Pollick
As a frequent contributor to WiseGeek, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide range...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.