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-- Cable Sleeving Made Easy
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-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2004-07-02
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Note: This is a user submitted guide by modnut.

Disclaimer: Even though this mod isn’t too terribly difficult, if you happen to break your PSU, yourself, or any of your components, it’s not my fault.  This may also void you warranty.

Introduction:

Many people nowadays are into wire management.  This is a time consuming art that turns an unsightly mess into something pleasing to the eye.  No matter how hard you try to conceal the wiring, you still end up with exposed wires.  This is where sleeving comes in to make that mess of wires look nice in your case.

The sleeving itself is just a mesh tube that comes in all sorts of colors (even UV reactive) that slips over the wires.  You can find this sleeving at many mod supply sites or use this link above to find the lowest prices.  There are two major ways sleeving is sold; by the foot or in a kit.  I chose a kit because it has everything in it to do a great job.  The thing I like most about the kit is that you get a lot more sleeving then you really need for a lot less money than buying it by the foot.  As far as the mod goes, it is pretty easy, but takes a while.

These are the materials that I used, but you might not need all of them.

  • PSU
  • Sleeving (1/8”, ¼”, 3/8”, ½”)
  • Heatshrink (1/2”, 3/8”, ¼”)
  • Scotch tape
  • Molex removal tool
  • Small flathead screwdrivers
  • Lighter
  • Scissors
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Hot air gun (or other heat source)
  • Some staples

As I said before, it’s not very hard, but it will take a couple of hours.  It will also void your warranty.  The major thing you need know is which pins go where because if you screw this part up, it might screw up your components.

The first thing you need to do is switch off the PSU and take it out of the case.  Then go find a clean workspace to lay all your things out on.  I have a Coolmax CX-450B 450W PSU that I will be sleeving with a Vantec Blue sleeving kit with black heat shrink.

I prefer to end the sleeving just inside the PSU, which means that I will be taking the cover off of the PSU.  This comes with a warning, however, because the capacitors inside the PSU keep a charge even though it is unplugged (Just don’t touch anything and you will be fine).

Now remove the zip tie that holds the bundle of wires together and take the grommet out.

 

Then cut all of the zip ties on the wires off.  Now you are ready to begin the sleeving process.  There are 3 parts to this process; remove the connector (make sure you know where each pin goes), put the sleeving on, and then putting the connector back on.  This is pretty simple, but there are many different kinds of connectors that need to be removed and each requires a special technique.  The first one is the chain of Molex connectors.

This particular kind of molex connector is extremely hard to get out if you don’t have a pin remover.  I suggest that you go to Radioshack and buy a molex pin remover.  Then all you have to do is pop the pins out by sticking the pin extractor all the way on the pin and pushing the plunger.  The pin should just come out.

 

Then just tape the pins to the wire so that the sleeving will slide over them.

After you do the whole chain like this, measure how long the sleeving has to be.  Make sure to measure twice, cut once.  Then cut it and use the lighter to slightly melt the sleeving so it doesn’t fray, but not enough that it won’t expand.

 




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