This has to be one of my favorite things about working in this biz. I love figuring out how best to connect everything and wire it all up. All of my friends and family know to call me when it comes time to hook up their new TV or Stereo or Surround system. I don't know why I like it..I just do. Anyway... I have a few different lengths of bulk snake cabling ranging from 15 feet to 6 feet and it's all top quality cable. I was thinking of using this cable to wire up my rack and patch bay. Would there be any problems if I were to cut open the snake and use the cables as individuals instead of having them all together in the snake? I don't know if the individual cables are shielded but I do know that they are all balanced. I know that that will have some bearing on whether or not this is a good idea. The reason I ask is because the longest cable I'll really need is about 5 feet long and there's no reason (that I can think of) to have cables shorter than that grouped together in a snake. Also, would it be a bad idea to use this same cable to build some patch cables? These would really only be about a foot in length. If this isn't a good idea, hit me up with some suggestions.