How to Protect Cable Wires on the Floor

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How to Protect Cable Wires on the Floor
Floor cord cover protectors (yellow ethernet cable on dotted background image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

A floor cord cover kit, or cable protectors, is an ideal way to protect and conceal loose cables that need to be run across a floor. Floor cord cover kits are available in light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty versions, with several styles, materials and sizes to choose from, depending on the location of the cables you wish to protect. There is even a nylon cover kit with hoop and loop fasteners to be used across carpet.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Floor cord cover kit
  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife or scissors
  • Double-stick tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the entire length of cable or cables that need to be covered to determine how many feet of protection is required. The height and width of your cables, when bundled, also needs to be measured to determine the overall size of the cord protector kit you need. The cable should fit loosely inside the protector.

  2. 2

    Choose the type of cord cover kit that is best suited for the area you are covering and the cables you are protecting. Light-duty cord cover kits offer sufficient protection for general cabling. A common light-duty cord protector is a rubber-like material that comes in a variety of sizes and colours and is very easy to install.

  3. 3

    Gather all your cables and ensure that they are all the same length so they can run together in a group.

    Lay out your length of cord protector. If you have purchased the kit that comes in a roll, it is recommended to unroll the product and reroll it in the opposite direction. This will help flattened the product so it will lie flat on your floor. Cut the protector to the required length--most require cutting, although there are also interlocking kits available.

  4. 4

    Insert your cables into the slit along the underside of the cable protector, ensuring they are completely inside the protector, to avoid pinching of the cables. The interlocking kits require the cables to be placed on top of a plastic tray; the top piece slides over the tray and locks in.

  5. 5

    Attach the cable protector securely to the floor to preventing tripping or damage to the cables. Most kits come with double-stick tape and will attach easily to most surfaces. There are other options available if tape is not recommended for your floor surface, such as hook and loop fasteners or self-anchoring protectors that have a special rubber backing that grips to most floor surfaces.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure that any adhesive you use is compatible with your floor surface.
  • There are many options among floor protectors available for just about any surface.
  • Do not over pack your cord protectors. This can cause damage to your wires.
  • Cord protectors are to be used with insulated wires only.

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