Monday, September 22, 2008

This guy walked into my classroom... I went back to say hi and inquire further. He said he was going to be putting in power and data drops to facilitate the project in my classroom and in Eddie's, too! Amazing! Looks like they're going to put outlets in the ceiling above where the tables are so that is great.

Apparently the district wasn't too happy with 50 ft power strips--why? But anyway they thought it would be best to put in the power and facilitate this project so no complaining here! More info as I get it. What about James' room and Christen, too? We'll see...


  1. This is a repeat of Comment 1 with better format. I edited my original comment with a text editor with 75 char. lines but each line got wrapped by Blogger at about 45 characters resulting in ugly alternating long / short lines. I removed crlf's from paragraphs (except at end) and reposted to get the format below.

    The sketches were actually made with the Gimp (I could not figure out how to sketch them with Open Office Draw) They are about 2/3 to 1/2 actual size.

    Strain relief hook (NSJ)

    Fred used 2" loops of 1/8" nylon cord (intended for chalk line? ) taped to the ethernet cable with Gorilla Tape (double strength 'duct tape' -- 5 cm pieces - twice around cable) to make strain relief. The hooks were fashioned from bicycle spokes to hold the strain relief above tables. They were designed so their total vertical dimension was minimized and still keep the cord from coming out. I originally wanted to use downsized carabiner style hooks often used for key rings but could not find any.

    PVC brackets and Suspend-it clips (Roosevelt)

    The PVC bracket was used to suspend the PVC from the springy nylon ( brand name "Suspend-it" ? ) clips that grip the suspended ceiling frame. This system has the great advantage over the bracket used at NSJ of not cantilevering the PVC from the bracket which had a tendency to droop and twist. The closed loop will also hold the cable inside the PVC tray. They do not always hook/unhook (to add cables ) as easily as would be nice. With a pliers to hold one side I was always able to do it. A needle nose pliers would probably work even better. The 16 ga. wire was great for this use, stiff and strong but easy to bend.

  2. Thanks Fred, I'll take a couple of pictures of them in action and post.