Introduction: Paracord Cord Reinforcement

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I have seen many people wrap cellphone charges and other such electronics cables in paracord. I really like the idea, but any cables I have ever broken, break where the cable meats the plug, not in the middle. This is especially common with my headphones, they always break right at the jack. So I decided to save myself some time and just reinforce the heads of my cables. The different colors also help me to easily identify the cables.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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The first step is to gather the needed supplies.
You will need:
1. The cable you are going to wrap. In my case this was a 6' HDMI cable.
2. The paracord you want to use for the wrap. I used two 4' scraps of blaze orange.
3. Something to cut the paracord with, I just used a pocket knife.
4. And something to melt the paracord with, in my case I used a Zippo. 

Step 2: Gut the Paracord

Simply pull the white strands out of the middle of the paracord and singe the ends. The iner strands should come out without much trouble.

Step 3: Cobra Weave

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The weave I used was the cobra, which is what you see on most paracord bracelets. Start with the cord behind the cable. Then bring the left side, the bottom in this case, over the cable. Next bring the right, top, cord over the left cord, under the cable and through the loop on the other side created by the left cord. Pull tight and repeat only starting on the right this time. Continue the weave until it is the desired length.

Step 4: Cut and Finish the Ends

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When the weave has reached the desired length simply cut the cord and melt the ends. Be careful to not cut or burn your cable.

Step 5: Finished Product

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Then You simply repeat the process on the other end and you are done.


Gadget93 (author)2016-05-29

Where does one find bits of paracord? Or any paracord for that matter?

SamA180 (author)Gadget932017-11-23 has a good sale right now. And they offer an incredible variety of colors, and types, of paracord, as well as length options.

I get mine online at BJ's Craft Supplies.

RoseM72 (author)Gadget932016-06-03

Camping section in walmart

DB.Cooper (author)Gadget932016-05-30

paracord planet is great source especially if you wait on the specials

CharN2 (author)Gadget932016-05-29

Your local Craft store has tons of it.

hawcrofta (author)Gadget932016-05-29

Amazon. Try local craft places like hobby lobby.

SaschaM4 (author)2017-07-04

You can buy cheap paracord off ebay, Its not great quality but it does the job.

maka made it! (author)2017-01-31

I used some rayon ribbon yarn I had handy. It kept slipping off the head of the cable so I added a little glue (Magna-Tac).

sjohnston21 made it! (author)2016-08-19

Easy-breezy! And it helps hold my charge cable on the table/bed/wherever I put it! Pretty in Pink!

591Tryst (author)2016-06-23

Doesn't have to be done with paracord. I've actually done this with wool (acrylic). It takes more to produce the same length (6' rather than 2') but it still works the same.

RevMiller13 made it! (author)2016-06-16

took about 24" of cord to make a 2" long grip...thanks for the instructable.

florin_gtrst (author)2016-05-29

Depending on the cable, shrink-tubing is also an inexpensive, quick and easy solution for cable reinforcement.

RitaR11 (author)florin_gtrst2016-05-29

I just found this item, but all the ones i see have been tubes you put the tubing through. That wouldnt work with the ends of the tube intact. How do you do it, what size to you get it in, please post some photos.

florin_gtrst (author)RitaR112016-06-10

Sorry for the very late reply, lots of work. Here are a few pictures with shrink-tubed cables. You can use needle nose pliers to stretch the tubing a bit so it fits, it's a pretty sturdy material.

FernandoM132 (author)2016-06-02

I have a Macbook charger that I needed to reinforce because the wiring was becoming exposed. I wrapped it up with rubber splicing tape and then used paracord to finish it off.

AlienC (author)2016-06-01

Any success stories with this.

Photos also welcome.

JaredE (author)2016-05-29

Replacement cords are cheap: 99 cents free shipping.

Micro USB data cable.

RidwaanE (author)JaredE2016-05-30

yes, but those cables cant provide a strong enough current for current hungry devices.

JaredE (author)RidwaanE2016-05-30

Maybe so. But point is, that if you need one, these are about as cheap as they get. I am sure they will work fine for standard charging rates. Now the 9.6v 1.5A that samsung devices use for adaptive charging may not be supported.

RidwaanE (author)JaredE2016-05-30

Actually Adaptive Fast Charging works fine with any cable...but the Galaxy S4 was a fussy phone, you have the wrong cable and it takes hours to charge. The S6 on the other hand can fast charge over any cable as long as you have the fast charger.

(Source: I have the S4 and S6)

Kyzz (author)2016-05-30

Sugru, makes a perfect elastic soft-rubber-like repair, is cheap and instant. And comes in colours.

br1ght (author)2016-05-30

Admittedly, I have not made this yet as I cannot see it helping for the phone cords I use. Using only the sheath the cord would lose its bulk and therefore it's rigidity making it more decorative than functional. Second, unless it was glued to the cord's plug it would just slide off and become a nuisance ....

John T MacF Mood (author)2016-05-29

Nicely done! And a good idea, everyone knows you're supposed to pull them out by the plug, but the kids, the wife, and even I occasionally get absent minded about that.

Now if I can only figure out a way to keep my Dachshunds from enjoying chewing wires. They slowed down after one of them got a nasty electrical burn from chewing on a live 120VAC power cord, but they still do it. (Dachshunds are well known for two things: stubborn/hard to train and barking too much!)

Apply something that tastes bitter to the cords.

Use google to find an essential oil your dogs won't like and wipe the cords with that.

Dogs are notorious for chewing phone cables. Some actually get addicted to the 50V buzz and will keep returning to the same cable, no matter how often you've replaced it.

JaredE (author)John T MacF Mood2016-05-29

+1: Barking too much...but still love my minis!!!

John T MacF Mood (author)JaredE2016-05-29

Yeah, mine are two minis, litter mates, and practically inseparable. One growled at the vet when the other had to go in back with the vet for a minor procedure.

It's a love hate thing, though their barking when an intruder comes on my property is handy. I call them my Paradox. I'm making them a pair of Paracord Paradox collars soon. One is red with black overlay, and the other is Doberman markings. We tell people she was washed in hot water.

JaredE (author)John T MacF Mood2016-05-29

Great little dogs nonetheless! My female recently had a single puppy which turned out to be a blue coat with blue eyes! Funny as they are both black and brown coat.

RitaR11 (author)John T MacF Mood2016-05-29

My chihuahua barks too much as well. Perhaps its song of our people that they are singing.

yamunaparvathy (author)2016-05-30

good idea..

Mgcetinkaya (author)2016-05-30

İts very good idea??

Cygent (author)2014-05-30

I managed to get the pattern after a few online video tutorials. I am curious how you managed as tight a weave as you did. Still, it's nice seeing the green cable come through, and I'm happy with it. Thanks for the instructable!

DavidL117 (author)Cygent2015-08-30

Is it really paracord? does not look like, maybe is why it is not so tight?

FIXI (author)DavidL1172016-05-29

yup, paracord... just follow the directions and remove the core. (it collapses on itself). and tightens up nicely.

hawcrofta (author)Cygent2014-05-30

Looks good. I am sorry if I wasn't really clear on how to do the weave. I was able to make it as tight as I did because I gutted the paracord. This made it much thinner and so I was able to push it very close together. You won't be able to do this if you are using accessory cord, 350 cord or something else that is solid core, but it really doesn't effect the finished product.

RitaR11 (author)hawcrofta2016-05-29

Thanks for posting. I would still be cursing the broken cords.

shyannes (author)Cygent2015-12-09

In the very top image the inner strands of the paracord have been removed, thats why it appears to tight.

ethan_hair7 (author)Cygent2015-05-24

You have got to grab the top and push down to make it as tight as possible.

Treknology (author)2016-05-29

I like this. At a well-stocked craft store, one can get sufficiently varied colors so that different types of cable are readily identified. They may all have USB Type A on one end, but the color tells you immediately what to expect on the other end when cables are grouped together.

JohnW51 (author)2016-05-29

Heat-shrink tubing is a lot easier and works even better.

Treknology (author)JohnW512016-05-29

I have used heat-shrink in the past but, sometimes the size required to get over plugs (at either end) means that it doesn't shrink down enough.

dgateley (author)2016-05-29

Really, really excellent and elegant idea! Wrap a molded wad of Sugru to where it abuts the connector and you've got some serious security too.

A keeper for sure.

JGDean (author)2016-05-29

Rexlace is just another type of lacing - a plastic-covered flat cloth lace that is smaller than paracord. It's the stuff they used for making keychains and lanyards before they started using paracord. It's available on line or from most craft stores. You still have to make stuff from it.

RuthB31 (author)2016-05-29

Why not use rexlace?

RitaR11 (author)2016-05-29

Paracord is awesome. Sugru works well too. But in comparison to paracord its more expensive. I have been doing my cords like this, as much to fix as to mark them. When we have a family get together, everyone has multiple cords. Mine seem to disappear! But marking them helps.

GeeB6 (author)2016-05-29

I use cold melt hlue sticks. I pur them in my glue gun, and just built up the area, smoothing as I went. I went as far as I felt I needed to make a gentle arc. I also built it up at an angle so it's easy to see the right way to plug it in.

GeeB6 (author)GeeB62016-05-29

Glue not hlue, and put not pur. Had the keyboard on French.

TOENEE60 (author)2016-05-29

Great idea and nicely done! Another solution I've used is Sugru at the plug's a miracle material and inexpensive.

docrjc (author)2014-05-24

Good idea. I usually put 2 inches of krazy glue on each end. It's invisible, only takes a few seconds and lasts forever.

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