Storage Ideas

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Storage Ideas

Posted by Parry Lopez on Aug 23, 2018 12:30 pm

Hi All,

The Student Center here  at Kent State University is currently wrapping up a new AV Help Desk and Storage room. I have all the shelving and cabinets I think I need, but I'm not quite sure about that yet. Currently, I am looking into something to manage all the cables we keep around. In our old space, we used a peg board and hung the wrapped cables on hooks. I was wondering if anyone had another solution than this. Since it is a new space, I want it to feel new and modernized, and the peg boards seem to add to a cluttered feel, even if it is well organized. 

I'd also love to hear about any other storage solutions you've come up with. I'd like to start off the new space being as organized as possible, and hopefully, my students and I can keep it that way!

-Parry Lopez
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Re: Storage Ideas

Posted by Chance Haugen on Sep 4, 2018 1:51 pm

Good afternoon Parry,
I think that one of the first things to mention is that all the cables should have a tie.  This could be reusable Velcro straps or tie line.  If all of your cables are not wrapped, that needs to happen.

As far as other storage solutions, they have some more modern options of peg board out there so they don't look the nasty brown.  Here at West Texas A&M, we don't use peg board.  We have about 8 2'x2'x2' road cases where each cable is stored in their road case.  We store XLR, DMX, 1/4" cables, power, and powercon cables in their own road case.  Microphones with clips are stored in their own road case.  We do a lot of moving of our gear around the facility and campus and the road case makes it very easy to get equipment from one place to the next.

Another thing that we do is have an empty road case that we use for events where we don't want/need to take all of our gear.  Our techs will pack that road case for all the cables and small supplies that they will need and then roll that to the location.  It works out pretty well and the techs seem to like the concept.

The road cases are stackable too which does help in space but they can get heavy and require multiple people to move them around.

If you want to chat more about out storage solutions, please let me know and we can chat.  I love new spaces!  They are so much fun to make work for your operation.

Chance Haugen
806-651-2394
chaugen@wtamu.edu

Re: Storage Ideas

Posted by Joe LeConte on Oct 8, 2018 10:14 am

I have to agree with Chance. Cable ties are a must. We use Tie Line for all of our cables because it is very cost effective and can be cut to size for each individual cables. However unless you're moving large packs of cables over long distances road cases can get very cluttery in a storage space. In our unions we have to use peg board for organization because of a lack of storage space. However, depending on how much you want to spend there are alternative peg boards. We use white peg boards in our rooms just because it doesn't dampen the look of the space like the ubiquitous brown peg board. However, if you have the money, there are metal peg board options. They are more expensive, and heavier, but they last longer and can hold much more weight per peg. 

Prior to working in higher ed I've worked in theatrical supply companies and on several touring road shows and I can say that when you're using road cases, unless your employees have good cable wrapping discipline, they can become a rats nest of tangles very quickly. Hope your new facility works out well. 

Re: Storage Ideas

Posted by Kyle Fayan on Oct 9, 2018 12:09 pm

We went with large storage hooks, like you typically see in a garage (http://a.co/d/hg3S0ok). They can hold a lot of weight and a good amount of cable. We also went with color coordinated velcro straps (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/733005-REG/Pearstone_s0508_10_m_5_x_8_Touch.html), with certain colors representing particular lengths of cords. Pictured is our media storage closet, this room services AV needs for the entire campus - excluding our main auditorium and main theater, both of which have their own supply. Not the most organized at the moment, but could be worse :) Make sure you can sink them into the studs, so you don't end up with what we had to do!
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