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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking by Dan Rahmel

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Cable Ties and Coiling

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One of the first things you learn when working in film is the value of cable ties. A cable tie is a short length of rope attached near one or both ends of a cable. Rather than tying a cable with itself or separate piece of rope, the ties are used to secure the cable as shown in figure 42-1.

Two ties (one at each end) are only necessary for very long cables (greater than 50 ft) or very thick ones. When completing a shoot or “wrapping,” the ties allow a cable to be quickly coiled, bound, and stored. I find that cable ties to be extremely useful both at home and on set.

FIGURE 42.1 Ties can secure a cable more ...

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