Tangled earphone wires.
Everybody has had it happen. Everybody hates it.
I've tested this method out on a few different types of earphone cords. The easiest to "link" are classic earbuds without volume adjustment pieces, whereas the hardest cords to work with are the "ribbon" style earbuds.
Because so many people have volume adjusting earbuds these days I thought it would be best to use these and tackle a few difficulties that may occur.
Step 1: The Problem
This is what you'll find.
Step 2: Sorting It Out.
Once this task is conquered we will start by grabbing the headphone jack.
Step 3: The Loop
Step 4: The Bight
This is called a bight.
For technical reasons, the end with the headphone jack is called the standing line
The end with the earbuds on is called the working line.
I will rephrase this step.
Pull a section of the working line through the loop to create a bight.
Pull this bight and the standing line to snug the slack in the knot.
Step 5: Continue "Bighting"
If you are having difficulty with this or the cord gets tangled, try undoing all your work and let your cord unwind.
Cords with twists in them make looping difficult.
Step 6: Volume Adjuster Problem
Just make a slightly bigger loop that the volume piece fits in.
Its better not to try to pull it through a loop as this will make it difficult to undo later.
Step 7: Final Touch
However you can prevent unraveling with two handy tricks.
1. Create a small loop close to the earbuds.
2. Pull the earbuds through the loop (I made the loop bigger so it's easier to see).
Step 8: Final Touch (2.0)
1.Take the headphone jack and place it through the last loop created by the earbuds.
2. Tug the headphones gently enough to seize the headphone jack (standing line) in place.
To undo your work, simply remove the headphone jack or earbuds from the last loop and pull on them. All the loops should pull out and you're set to go!
I hope you have enjoyed this and find it useful. This method is quite common in sailing and film lighting for line storage.
Also this loop is what crocheting is based upon. So if you know anyone who crochets, ask them to help you out.
-the tighter you make the loops the more the link will hold together.
-the looser you make the loop, the shorter the overall links will be, but the looser the knot
- over time, if tight loops are always tied then the wires in your cord will degrade. So don't overdo it!