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The least expensive system is white electrical tape or self-fusing tape and a ultra-fine-tip sharpie. Extremely portable, simple to use, if you can write small enough.
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This is a great idea. My problem is that I can't get that well organized. I usually end up at the boat and start wiring, so I need a portable, on the spot system.
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I bet you could use finger nail polish to make alternating bands of color on the cable, like a binary number .. would be really annoying to use though
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I bet you could use finger nail polish to make alternating bands of color on the cable, like a binary number .. would be really annoying to use though
you mean something like the way resistor are color coded??
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you mean something like the way resistor are color coded??
Yeah that's what I was thinking, something like that.
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P-touch and similar label makers are nice--but they are all thermal printers, and the labels will go to 100% black after six months to a year in any kind of warm location, i.e. engine bay. I've even had them go black simply from the heat of the gizmo they were stuck onto (like a radio or tv).

So all that nice work? Is likely to go to waste. Better to use the professional stickers, although some of them also go gummy and fall off after 5+ years.
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Ziptape Rite & Wrap labels: Ziptape® - Smart Cable Management Solutions. Comes in cloth or synthetic tyvek. RW51 comes in a roll of 300 labels, each 3/4 wide by 1-1/4" long, where the first 1/4" is a white write-on space and the remaining 1" is clear; wrap the written-on part first, then wrap the clear portion on top of that. Won't wrap all the way around larger wires through (circumference has to be less than 3/4").

Brothers labeller and clear shrinkwrap for larger cables.

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ZipTape MityMark: a little kit of 10 tape dispensers, each with a role of one digit (1-9 and 0); tear off a digit and wrap it on the wire, followed by the other digits required to make a number. Keep an Excel spreadsheet key to the numbers.

Home Depot carries some Ideal Industries' wire marker products: http://www.idealindustries.ca/produc.../wire_markers/. Pads of peel-off numbers and letters.

Coloured shrinkwrap is not a practical option, I don't think -- most places do not carry enough colours, and a person would have to find a variety of sizes. Same with coloured tape.

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Just curious, how a 1.25" label can wrap around a cable that is .75" in diameter??? .75 * 3.14 = 2.355"

I believe you mean .75" in circumference. BTW, I use these labels for network cabling setups all the time.

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Ziptape Rite & Wrap labels: Ziptape® - Smart Cable Management Solutions. Comes in cloth or synthetic tyvek. RW51 comes in a roll of 300 labels, each 3/4 wide by 1-1/4" long, where the first 1/4" is a white write-on space and the remaining 1" is clear; wrap the written-on part first, then wrap the clear portion on top of that. Won't wrap all the way around larger wires through (diameter has to be less than 3/4").
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Re: Labeling Cables/Wires

I just bought these and they are excelent. There is a small white square to write on and then a much longer clear section that wraps around to protect the writing. They stick on extremely well but can be removed if you want too.

Part 8668T11

EDIT: Here is the actual part. Looks like it can be cheaper elsewhere.

You can sort of see them in the picture.
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