How to Neatly Wrap Power Tool Cords

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Introduction: How to Neatly Wrap Power Tool Cords

I'm sure everyone has encountered some kind of tangled cord nightmare, be it at their job or in their home work spaces.

In public access workshops, like TechShop, we are always looking for ways to improve our tool organization and storage so that items are easily found and stay in top working order.

Here is a simple, easy, and neat way to wrap up the cords for all your power tools without putting unnecessary stress on your cables or brain!

Step 1:

First, make sure you get all the existing tangles and knots out of the power cord

Step 2:

Next, fold your cord in half.

If you have a very long power cord, you may have to fold it in half a second, or even third time.  You want to end up with a 18"-24" length of cord.

If you are wrapping a thinner power cord (like a hot glue gun or other home appliance cords) you can make your cord lenth smaller (somewhere between 8"-12")

Step 3:

Next, you are going to make a basic overhand knot with the folded over cord lengths.

Step 4:

There you go!  A easy way to keep your tool bins tidy!

Step 5:

And unlike these other examples, this method will not put unnecessary stress on your cable connection points and extend the life of your tools.

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    Great idea

    Nice box to keep them in ,too!

    I am a mechanic for a construction company and deal with hundreds of hand held electrical tools and honestly best method found is a mix of step 4 and 5 but always remember leave a loop where the cord leaves the tool this only needs be 4 inch or so will do this keeps the cord on the tool and not getting shut in truck box doors and chopped off from hanging out there in the open and a worn out cord is not the end of a tool they can be replaced

    WOW - who would have thought power cord storage would bring on such emotion?? I just used my circular saw. In the past I had wrapped the cord around it 3-4 times and tucked the plug into one of the wraps. I KNOW! That's probably terrible. I tried your method and it took less time and stored back on my shelf quite nicely. I just did your overhand knot, not the figure-eight that has been suggested. You'd have to pull it pretty tight to cause any stain on the cord. Thanks for a great method !

    Yeah, I use to loosely rape my cords around the tools but I stopped that and changed to this method quite some time back not only because it seems to be better for the cord but also because I some how managed to cut the jigsaw cord, I'm not sure if that was due to catching a new sharp jigsaw blade or if it got caught on something else in the tool shed, but to make sure I stopped rapping the cord around the jigsaw just to be on the safe side :)

    This discussion raises a lot of emotion because trashed power cords turn expensive and needed tools into paperweights. Everyone who has been around for a time has seen a lot of needless damage, waste and lost time owing to improper care of cords.

    Knots damaging cords? Look at step 4. KaceyK has tied an overhand that is only snug enough to keep the coil from self-unwinding. That's a lot softer than a knot that could cause damage.

    Several commenters have claimed that coiling once introduces a 180º twist. In my cords, coiling once introduces a 360º twist.

    I have all those tools but cordless. The battery chargers still have cords though but there neatly cable tied .