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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100 Discussions

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Cathleen Caffrey
Cathleen Caffrey

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

How do you keep the cord you've wrapped around the charger cord from slipping away from the join with the charger tip? Do you find it doesn't tend to slip? Could it be glued?

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Kickice
Kickice

Question 1 year ago

Going from photo 4 to photo 5 in the first steps doesn't get me anything like what is shown in photo 5. Nothing even close. Very frustrating tutorial for a rookie!

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Gadget93
Gadget93

4 years ago

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

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SamA180
SamA180

Reply 2 years ago

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.

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RoseM72
RoseM72

Reply 4 years ago

Camping section in walmart

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DB.Cooper
DB.Cooper

Reply 4 years ago

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

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CharN2
CharN2

Reply 4 years ago

Your local Craft store has tons of it.

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hawcrofta
hawcrofta

Reply 4 years ago

Amazon. Try local craft places like hobby lobby.

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SaschaM4
SaschaM4

2 years ago

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

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591Tryst
591Tryst

4 years ago

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.

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florin_gtrst
florin_gtrst

4 years ago

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

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RitaR11
RitaR11

Reply 4 years ago

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.

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florin_gtrst
florin_gtrst

Reply 4 years ago

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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FernandoM132
FernandoM132

4 years ago

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
AlienC

4 years ago

Any success stories with this.

Photos also welcome.

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RidwaanE
RidwaanE

Reply 4 years ago

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

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JaredE
JaredE

Reply 4 years ago

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.

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RidwaanE
RidwaanE

Reply 4 years ago

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)