Introduction: Electrical Cord Self-Bundling While Still Plugged In

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Bundle up excess electrical cord all by itself without unplugging anything.

Step 1: A Common Way to Self Bundle

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Electrical cord can be bundled in neat loops all by itself.
The trouble is that one end usually needs to be free to do this.

Step 2: The Cords Are Starting to Get Messy.

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Suppose you have a rat's nest of excess electrical cords behind your equipment.
And suppose you don't happen to have anything handy to neatly bind all cords together.

Step 3: Try This..

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Grab both ends of your loop with both hands.
Twist one end of the loop several times inside out while and optionally twist the other end outside in.

Step 4: Does This Do the Job?

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Do it as much as needed.
The cord will want to stay in one handy piece.

Comments

Blackice504 (author)2009-09-25

also with AC voltage you could make by mistake a inductor or aircore coil this can be bad for ac voltage. phone lines as well especialy when they have ADSL running through them can be really bad you will get problems with line noise in some cases your modem will not connect or connect then disconnect. best not to weave cables but to cable tie them or if you move things alot use velcro its cheap from craft store.

dsauer (author)Blackice5042009-09-25

If you have something to tie up cable, that is the best way to go. This should only be consider as optional, in case the need arises.

Void Schism (author)2009-09-25

This article worries me! Anyone who has ever seen what happens to an extention lead if too much current is drawn will know you should warn people. If you plug this in and the device starts to draw extra current (eg you stall the drill) you might end up with a pile of melted plastic and some pretty flames. BE CAREFUL!

dsauer (author)Void Schism2009-09-25

The extension cord was only used as an example since it could show both ends of the cord at the same time. After hooking up a lot of equipment, it is nice not to have to unplug anything on order to tidy up the rat's nest of electrical cord that begins to form behind the equipment.

mikeasaurus (author)2009-09-23

I think I understand, but step 3 could be elaborated on for clarity. Maybe add in a few pictures showing the twist?

dsauer (author)mikeasaurus2009-09-24

I am testing whether arrows make things clear.

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