Paracord Cord Reinforcement

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Introduction: Paracord Cord Reinforcement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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boredparacord.com has a good sale right now. And they offer an incredible variety of colors, and types, of paracord, as well as length options.

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

Your local Craft store has tons of it.

Amazon. Try local craft places like hobby lobby.

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

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.

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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AlienC

2 years ago

Any success stories with this.

Photos also welcome.

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

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.

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)

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Kyzz

2 years ago

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

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br1ght

2 years ago

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 ....