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Wrap your cords like a pro Answered

Keep your cables secure and tidy with these cord-wrapping techniques. I've used the first technique quite a bit, but the chain style looks like it's worth checking out.

What do you think? Is your cable kung fu better?



I use #2, after I saw a friend of a friend using it. They showed me how it was done and I've been with it ever since.

Though the figure-8 style is apparently very useful for wrapping short cords attached to power tools, which thanks to


I am now going to go try out on everything in the workshop.

As a retired contractor, I always used the "chain" method for cords. It was sometimes a source of great mirth to watch apprentices try to figure them out.

Yes! They just love starting from the wrong end

I have tried both and watched my coworkers try untying them from the wrong end. I find the easiest way is to simply stuff the cord down into a bucket and leave the end of it hanging in a notch cut into the side of the bucket. If you work construction everything comes on those plastic buckets, and your only real competition for them is the dry-wallers who are getting their taping compound in boxes. If you have cords less than 100 feet long just put the plugs together as you feed them into the pail. If you remember to feed on order of length, and you have loaded short over long, you can just turn the whole mess upside down into another bucket and pull from that to get a long over short feed. (I tend to buy all of my extension cords in bulk and chop them into 50' lengths)

OH, but of your 2 options the chain is the easiest

i usually wrap cords, or long wires aroud my palm and elbow, just like how my grandmother taught me

I recognise the first as a figure-of-eight coil, it's common amongst climbers for storing their ropes. The second one looks like finger-knitting, writ large...

AFAIK, that's a Butterfly Coil.

I found a rather obscure reference on the web to a "figure of eight coil," which appears to be a standard mountaineer's coil. But never heard a climber use that term, probably because it conflicts with the figure eight knot, the most frequently used knot in climbing...

The second coil pic is actually used in climbing, too. I've always called that "daisy chaining," and it's used to store tubular webbing in a nice compact package that can be "unchained" with a single pull... ( example ) To make it confusing, an actual [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daisy_chain_(climbing)#Daisy_chain daisy chain] is something different...

OK, I looked at the link, yes, you're right.

A figure-eight coil isn't doubled before the wrapping stage, it's doubled before the coil, then the bight is wrapped and threaded.

What we are suffering is poor nomenclature, probably worsened by a geographical and generational thing, since I learned my knots and climbing terms from Brits who are all at least 65 now and both sailed and climbed, so terms got mixed.

The one you link to as a mountaineer's coil, I call an alpine coil. The one you've called a figure-of-eight knot, I know as a figure-of-eight loop (although tying it in the working end instead of the bight is new to me - I'll have to explore that site some more). The daisy chain is a form of finger knitting, but it's also (to a scout taught by a sailor) a chain shortening.

Yeah, the terms are very regional.

And that butterfly coil? I called that a mountaineer's coil for 6 or 7 years. You adopt the nomenclature of your peers, right or wrong.... ;-)

"Finger Knitting" is a more descriptive term (but I'm not using it around my climbing mates...)

The figure eight is also used to spice two ropes together for rappelling. Although less often today, as most have adopted the perversely-named Euro Death Knot (the EDK slides over obstructions much better than any other "bend," so ropes don't get hung-up when you pull 'em...)

Oh, and to muddy the waters, a figure eight is also a common rappelling device...

LOL another example of time-shifted nomenclature - some of my dad's climbing friends called rapelling prussiking, after the knot they used before the invention of equipment like that.

I haven't organized any of our cables in this apartment. I keep meaning to, but then I put it off. Maybe I should do that when I'm off next week. I might not do anything fancy like the above. :P

I also use the first one the most. It is just like wrapping a vacuum cleaner cord up on the vacuum, except we are making it with our arm.

. I just coil them up and put a Velcro® strap on 'em. My Dad is a big fan of the chain style for his long extension cords.

The first one is how my cables get wrapped, sometimes figure-8's when it's something like a massively long ethernet cable.