Ultimate Cord Wrapping Technique





Introduction: Ultimate Cord Wrapping Technique

Chris from HackCollege demonstrates the ultimate cord wrapping technique. No kinks, no memory and your cords will last forever. Gone are the days of busted iPod headphones.

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    21 Discussions

    Good info & instructable. I am retired firefighter and we used this method to roll extension cords, ropes, etc. I now use it to roll garden hose & big ropes.

    I like this technique a lot, and can see exactly how it works - but can anyone come up with a one-handed way of doing it? I'm not lazy, I'm just one-handed. I've tried using teeth, but it's just too messy.

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    Okay so I saw your comment a while back and i am finally getting around to replying with my answer.

    unfortunately I don't directly know of a way to do it one-handed, however if you have a floor or table in the vicinity ( in which case I hope you at least have a floor....) there is a method that is used on bigger heavier cables that are difficult to wrap because of their size, but also works perfectly well on small cables if you don't mind getting close to the floor or can find an open table.

    is is demonstrated in the linked video, approximately 1 min. in.

    Hey thanks iMark77 - that's a good video and I can see it working for other big things that I couldn't do by holding - e.g. hose pipe. As it goes I persisted with the idea that it must be possible to do it one handed and got to be fairly successful in the end. Maybe I should make a video too.

    All things are possible, just look at this website. it may take some time to figure out, but it is possible.

    i am glad to hear that and a video would be cool, let me know if you do it so i can post it in my YouTube cable wrapping playlist.
    i am attempting to put together a playlist of videos that show the proper way to do this, so I can circulate it around for others to watch and learn to make my life easier when somebody comes and helps me set up/tear down. So far I'm up to about an hour.
    it's interesting to see that the same technique can be done multiple ways with the same outcome. Left-handed, right-handed, forwards, backwards and upside down.

    I've done a quick video, it's only a snippet really as it's far too nice outside to be using up my time adding titling, but hopefully it'll give the gist of how I do it. 

    I am also an AV technician and this is absolutely standard. Isn't this just common knowledge?

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    I am a musician, and this is the way to wrap mic and guitar cables. I saw this video years ago and didnt understand it, but I discovered the under over later when i got into music. It still is confusing the way he explains it.

    I work as an AV technician...this is the STANDARD way to wrap cables. I dont know why you people are giving so much credit to this guy

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    You just let the over under secret out!! This is a joke at work, anytime someone is coiling a cable everyone yells, "OVER UNDER!!" we're broadcast dorks... besides it's nice to throw out a couple hundred feet of cable and not have it tangle...

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    just something most people don't learn until someone yells at them for coiling a few hundred dollars worth of cables incorrectly.

    Just don't pull one side through the other or you end up with knots every few inches/feet or so.. My previous boss at Universal Studios used to get so mad when he'd inadvertently pick up the cable and pull the one end through the other creating the knots.. try it.. makes life hell.. when trying to get the job done yesterday.. lol

    Nice! I've been using this method with all my instrument cables. It is a little easier with those cables, because, they have a much thicker gauge and they're about 26 feet longer. When you aren't using your MP3 player, unplug the headphones. (especially on the newer ones which have a sleep mode and an off (like iPod Touches)) Because when the phones are plugged in, they play static very quietly. I find that my iPod lasts a little longer when i do this. Thanks!

    nice instructable but whats with the guy with no pants in the background?