Heatshrink isn’t just for covering wire connections. When it comes to racks of equipment with lots of wiring, we think it’s a great idea to have as many reminders as possible of where those wires should be connected. As an example, in the picture above you can see labels on every connection and you can also see colored bands of heat shrink arranged in a rainbow pattern.
Heat shrink is simply rubber tubing that shrinks with heat from an inexpensive handheld heat gun. It’s an easy, quick way to remind you at a glance of wire order based on our visible spectrum of color order red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet or ROYGBIV. You can modify these layouts to fit your rack needs. Some cables have large connectors and very small cable, which can be difficult to work with for heat shrink. There is an answer to this as well as most heat shrink comes in several different ratios for shrinking. In this picture we used 3:1 heat shrink so it shrinks to 1/3 of its original size. We like to precut our heat shrink and keep it in an organized bin for easy access.
Try it out and let us know how it works for you! Do you use heatshrink to organize other things? Let us know.
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