On April 18th, I read the most frightening article I’ve ever laid eyes on. Not that I pulled out my eyes and set them on the article. But as I read through the article, my eyes were ready to pop out. What was the title of the article?
“No More Tangled Extension Cords: How to Wrap Up Your Extension Cord Like a Contractor.”
Foolish me, when I first saw the title, I thought the article would outline how to use the over-under method for wrapping cords. I was wrong, very very wrong. What added to the horror was the article was featured in a great web site which a lot of men follow, The Art of Manliness.
The below photo shows how they suggested wrapping extension cords “like contractors” using the Chain sinnet method.
I don’t care how contractors wrap extension cords. It’s their money, their extension cords. But the idea of a sound guy taking this same method and applying it to audio cables….[shivers].
The problem with this method is the amount of tension placed on the wires within the cable. Add to that the memory of the wire which would then produce a cable that doesn’t lay flat.
The proper way to wrap an audio cable
- Take the end of the cable in your left hand, with the plug facing away from you, and with your right hand, reach down and pick up a bit of the cable two feet away.
- Bring this cable up into your left hand so you form a loop of cable in which the cable naturally loops. Remember that a cable is made with metal that has a natural coil. Make sure when you make this loop, that you twist the cable so your loop is going with that coil, not against it.
- Continuing to hold the cable in your left hand, loop the cable again but bring your right hand around the opposite side of your left hand.
- Continue through steps 2 through 3 until you’re all done! The back and forth process enables you to wrap the cable while maintaining that natural wire coiling.
- Secure the cable with a Velcro strap. Do NOT tie knots with the cable ends. You’ll only put excessive wear on the cables and increase the probability of having a cable problem.
I’ve included a video below – yeah, I found it on youtube but the guy does a great job. Also, hearing the voice at the end of the video is kinda funny.
The Take Away
Wrapping cables the right way leads to longer lasting cables that also lay flat on the ground when unwrapped. It’s not hard. Once you learn the over-under method, you’ll have cables that will last you a nice long time.
One Last Note
I know it’s been a week or so since I posted up an article. I’ve been working on a new version of this site that will look great in all mobile devices. It also looks better. I’m hoping to get that out either this week or this weekend at the latest.