Velcro self-gripping straps are a great alternative to cable ties, especially when you’re dealing with delicate materials such as AV wires. They’re strong, lightweight, reusable, and available in several different colors and sizes.
I’m typically a fan of cable ties, but not when they damage the material I’m fastening — or are a real pain to use. Having to tighten and then trim a handful of ties gets frustrating really quickly. And let’s not even talk about what happens when I realize I need or want to change things. It seems that those moments only come immediately after I already secured fifty ties in place.
If you’re not familiar with these straps, take a closer look at the above photo. With a slot at one end, it resembles a cable tie. You loop one end through the slot, tighten your bundle, and then wrap the remaining length around your bundle. An alternative technique involves securing the first loop around a single wire and then looping it around your bundle. This provides a slightly tighter bundle, but is a bit harder to reposition without removing the strap.
8″ ties are a nice size to have on hand, and are economical at about 30 for $4 or 50 for $6 at the big-box retailers. In case you’re wondering, these are made right here in the USA.