Mar 11, 2013

How to: Roll Up an Extension Cord Like a Pro

created at: 03/11/2013

I use extension cords on nearly all of my projects: powering tools in my outlet-starved basement workshops, plugging in task lights for fine handwork like cutting stencils or sewing, or snaking it through my kitchen to use outside for extra messy projects. And the rest of the time, my extension cords sit in a hopelessly bundled and tangled lump in a corner of my shop.   Not surprisingly, contractors - who use extension cords everyday to set up portable job sites - have come up with a better-than-wrapping-it-around-your-elbow trick to keep them tangle free and ready to go. Wires are not rope...don't treat them the same.

I'ma memorize this trick this afternoon, and put it into practice immediately. I hope it'll also work for stiff and twist-prone air hoses. 


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bruno on Mar 13, 2013:

@anonymous - care to share a photo or video so the rest of us can learn your way too?

Anonymous on Mar 13, 2013:

Why? Seems like a lot of work. I work in TV Sports produciton, we over-under our cable and cords. It takes WAY less time and thought than the above example. Plus you can drop the cable on the ground and walk it out without knots.

CJG on Mar 11, 2013:

Rolling up cords has always given me fits, but after seeing this, I should be able to do it without a problem! It's a chain sinnet! I can do that! And now, I need to buy a shed so I can hang all of my extension cords neatly... Thanks for this trick!