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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for holding round cords 3-6 mm thick, 2 Oct 2013
This review is from: Command - Round Cord Clips, 5 Adhesive Strips, 4/PK, Clear, Sold as 1 Package, MMM 17017CLR (Office Product)
I had a project in mind, knew I wanted a product like this, but needed the internal dimensions of the clip to decide which variety and size of cord clip to buy. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn't realize that the bottom of the product page for this item has a, "Customer Questions and Answers," box where one can ask such things as dimension of the Amazon community. I could have saved myself a lot of time by asking there. What I did instead was run to a slew of Brick&Mortar stores trying to eyeball the product. Yes, a slew, because none of the stores had this product even in a non-clear version. In the end, I realized that I could just order these from Amazon to eyeball them; the A-Z guarantee coupled with a Prime Membership provides virtual Kevlar.

The internal radius of the cylindrical clip part is exactly 1 cm. The cord I clipped was 6 mm and round in cross-section. These were a perfect match, meaning that the cord was just difficult enough to slide into the clip that nothing will make it slide out on it's own, yet manually easy enough to intentionally remove from the clip to be used for non-permanent or semi-permanent fixation. I don't think one could force a cord any fatter than 6 mm through the opening to be held by this clip. However, a cord with a cross-sectional diameter less than 3 mm probably will not stay in the clip.

One note regarding the clear adhesive strips. I wasn't that proficient at applying them at first and I wasted a few of the adhesive strips. Each packet of 4 clips comes with 5 adhesive strips (i.e. you can only waste 1). My particular project involved securing round (not flat) speaker wire for very long runs across areas that wouldn't accept staples (such as mirrors and metal ducts), and said project required nearly 100 clips spaced at about 10 cm apart. Not realizing that my skill would quickly improve, I thought I'd need more than 1 per 5 to waste and ordered these, Command Small Refill Strips, 20 Strips per pack instead of the exact replacement, which would have been these, Command Small Refill Strips, Clear, 12-Strip. No biggie. I was an idiot and got white strips instead of clear. I'm actually glad I made the mistake, though, because the white adhesive strips ARE BETTER than the clear ones. Ironically, the white ones adhere more quickly (shorter setting time before usage) and yet once cured, they are removed more easily and with less potential for damage.

The trick with the clear strips is to let them cure before applying any force (putting anything in the clip) for LONGER THAN 1 HOUR. The manufacturer recommends 1 hour, but some of the early waste of adhesive strips was due to detachment when I tried to force the wire through the clip only 1 hour after applying the clip to the wall. I learned quickly, and let the clips cure for 3-6 hours subsequently with better results the longer I waited. Unfortunately, I tried to remove one of the adherent clips (meaning one that was stuck to the wall for many hours before its 1st use) and I wasn't careful enough. I pulled the tab at a very slight angle away from the wall, and it removed a small chip of paint with it - my fault not the product's. The white ones are easier to remove without accidentally pulling at an angle because they are spongy and thicker (like regular double-stick foam tape) so they start out a few mm from the wall. Hard to describe, but the clear stips are flatter (like double-stick Scotch Tape), and thus lie flatter on your wall. Unless you are VERY careful, it's difficult to pull absolutely against the wall. Tweezers might help there.
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