4 Maintenance Tips to Make Your Cables and Wires Last Longer

At some point or the other we have all experienced the frustrating effect a faulty cable or wire has had on us.

When you turn on a lightswitch and it trips out the system; when you’re pumped up for work and you sit by your computer system only to find out it won’t boot up; where you want to listen to music on the move but your headphones have a loose connection; or you’re tired from the day’s stress and all you want to do is relax and watch television but you can’t - all because of some faulty cable or wire.

Nothing can be as annoying as getting electricians and service engineers over to your place every week or month to repair equipment and replace faulty cables and wires. From getting the television up and running, to the smooth running of more complex systems, we cannot deny the fact that cables and wires play a very vital role in our day to day activities.

Cables may look alike on the surface, covered with a layer of plastic polymer protection like PVC, but the underlying construction can vary considerably with the conductors playing different functions and the other layers customised for each particular purpose and application. The breakage of one tiny bit of the conjoined wires may lead to the total dysfunction of the entire cable.

Here are 4 maintenance tips to help you make your cables and wires last longer:

1. High quality cables and wires

This goes without saying, but if you’ll be buying a cable or wire, don’t sacrifice quality for price. This is one of those cases where cheap might mean bad quality.

When buying cables especially, ensure you opt for quality cables that have gone through rigorous cable testing in an accredited lab.

2. Proper cable installation

Most times people overlook this as they think that improper installation of the cable and wire cannot be the reason they don’t last. Do not assume you know how to install it just because you read one or two manuals. Employ only the services of professionals in installing your cables.

3. Roll up after use

The importance of this point can never be over emphasized because the act of carelessly handling the cables and wires right after use is the most common cause of the short lifespan. In order to achieve a longer lifespan for your cables and wires, immediately after use carefully roll or ‘coil’ it up and place in a safe dry place but don’t wrap them too tightly. Cables have a minimum bending radius – coiling them tighter than recommended can damage the conductor wires inside, particularly where it’s connected to a plug or other termination.

4. Inspect cables frequently

Don’t just get a professional's advice in buying the cable or employ an expert's service in installing it and then relax. Endeavour to inspect cables and wires from time to time before the damage goes beyond repair and remove crushed cables to avoid injures. If you see cracking or splits in the cable sheathing (the plastic covering) then there’s a chance the cable conductor underneath is also damaged and may not work properly.

When you maintain your cable and wire with good standards, you keep many of your appliances running efficiently and also with a longer lifespan.


Jimmy Rohampton is a freelance writer, blogger and business consultant from Southwest London. He travels the world and helps people master blogging and online marketing at HowToCreateABlog.org. Think you're interesting and he should know you? Say "Hi" to him at Jimmy@HowToCreateABlog.org

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