How to Wrap up an Extension Cord Like a Professional – Wolf & Iron

Introduction: How to Coil Extension Cords

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The video explains how I  wrap my extension cords. I  recommend wrapping the cord around itself a few more times to make it tighter before connecting the male and female plugs. I normally keep my cords tighter than in the video. In case the video doesn’t play here, I uploaded it to youtube as well.

Can I Run An Extension Cord Under Table How?

The same methods you use to run an extension cord under the desk can work with a table. You can mount the extension cord’s body on one of the legs of the table, under the table, or on the wall next to the table.

If you want a more innovative approach, Cable Organizer has a variety of cable management trays that are designed to hold and manage your extension cords and cables under the table.


How Do You Hide Extension Cord Under Rug/Carpet?

The goal of placing an extension cord under a rug is to keep it out of sight. The practice also prevents people from tripping over the cable. However, if you have an ordinary extension cord, the cable will stick out from under the rug all the same.

In other words, people are still aware of its presence and it still presents a tripping hazard. If you want to do a better job of hiding the extension cord under the rug, consider the following:

1). Get the Extension Cord with thinnest Cable

Get extension cords with the thinnest cables, the kind that is unlikely to stick out. A better option is a flat extension cord. According to Wire and Cable Tips, flat cables have a smooth and compact design that gives them far greater flexibility than rounded cables.

2). Use Extension Cord With Rubber Strip

 SFGATE encourages consumers to use protectors. These are rubber strips (or ducts) that cover the cable, not only protecting it from harm but also allowing it to blend into the environment. If you don’t want rounded cords to stick out, use a protector.

3). Place it at the edge of the room

Run the extension cord along the edges of the room. It won’t get in the way and people won’t know it’s there. Naturally, you need a long extension cord. By running the device along the edges of the room, you are taking the longest path to your destination.

Deciphering the Film Slate (Part 1): What to Write on a Clapperboard

All of the advantages of the slate in post-production start in the camera department with the camera assistants who step in front of the lens with the clapperboard. And it’s crucial you fill it out properly to prevent bottlenecks in post-production. Once you grasp what each section means, it makes it easier to leverage the slate into the useful cinematic tool that it is.

How Using Over/Under Helps You On Set

The video above talks about the main reason for over/under — to preserve cable longevity — but there are other distinct advantages for coiling cable this way. In particular, you will find that by using over/under, you help yourself in these three areas:

1. Safety

Something briefly mentioned in the video is “payout,” which is when you toss the cable and it uncoils itself. If you do not wrap the cable in the correct way, the payout will have tons of loops and knots in it. On the contrary, a properly wrapped cable will fall flat.

Using over/under is the best way to ensure your “payout” doesn’t cause any safety hazards.

Loops and knots are easy for people to get their feet stuck in and trip over, especially on highly populated sets. Though your ideal situation would not be running the cable through the middle of the set, there are times where you have to set up video village with the cable running through a high traffic area. In this case, a flat lying cable helps to minimize accidents.

2. Speed

Another advantage of a properly wrapped cable is a quick payout. You could stand near the camera, toss the cable to the monitor, and another crew member could quickly plug in to video village.

If you have gotten the cable tangled, however, you will throw out the cable and then waste time trying to get rid of all the loops and knots.

3. Storage

If you try and coil a video cable without doing over/under, chances are that it won’t lay flat and it won’t be easy to stack on other cables. This makes it tough to transport and store on camera carts, in ditty bags, or nearby video village.

It will also, as mentioned above, decrease the lifespan of the cable. When you are leaving these cables overnight on carts, in cases, or in a truck, you want them to lay in their natural position so they remain usable.

When you utilize the over/under technique, you’re making sure you can store the cables compactly and without damaging their internal design.

8 Best Way To Store Long Extension Cords

1. Use Paper Towel Rolls

If you have a thinner cord, you might be able to use a few paper towel rolls to keep the cord in place. Bunch the cord up and slide down a series of paper towel rolls. The cord will be stored inside of the rolls and will allow you to store, move, and grab the cords safely and tangle-free.

2. Velcro Wraps

After spiraling your extension cord up, throw a Velcro wrap on it. This is a reusable piece that allows you to firmly hold the coil together. These wraps work just like zip ties, but they’re reusable and just as cheap.

3. Use a Spool

For a couple of dollars, you can buy a nice little spool. People have mixed opinions about these spools, but it’s an option to consider. You will wind the cable around this spool when you’re done with it, and unwind it when you’re ready next time.

It works the same way that a spool for a garden hose works. Typically, you’ll find spools right next to extension cords in hardware stores.

The problem with the spool is it damages your cord over time. It applies pressure that will wear your cable quicker than a standard wrap will. There’s also the fact that you’re not really saving time since you have to wrap and unwrap the cable constantly.

It does look tidy after the cable is wrapped, though.

4. Do a Contractor’s Wrap

The contractor wrap is a technique electricians often use to store their cables. It takes a little practice and it’s complicated to learn. Fold the cord in half and keep the look end of the half in your hand. Tie a loose knot with this piece.

Reach through the loop and grab some of the doubled-up cable. Pull it through the loop. Now you have a new loop. Reach through this new loop and grab some doubled-up cable and continue the process until you’ve done the whole length of cable.

When you’re ready to use it, just grab a single piece of cable from the outer-most loop and pull. Ta-da!

Here’s a quick how-to video demonstrating how to do the contractors wrap for you extension cord.

5. Use an Over-Under Wrapping Style

This style is used by a lot of people and it might be our favorite. It’s easy and it helps preserve your cord as you store it.

Grab the cable with your hands gripping the same direction. Move your right hand towards your left hand, rotating your right hand 180 degrees along the way. Now your hands’ grip will be facing one another (not the same direction anymore). Grab both parts of the cable with your left hand. You will now have a single coil of cable.

Reach your right hand out and grab another length of the cable. Repeat the process, rotating your hand along the way, and grab the next coil with your left hand. Continue this until the entire coil is done.

This method follows the natural curve of the cord so you’re not flexing it weird and damaging the cable.

Check out this video for a simple explanation of how to do the over-under extension cord wrap.

6. Around-The-Arm Wrap

This method is quick and easy, but it might not be the best option. Grab the extension cord plug with your right hand and bend your elbow so your arm is at a 90-degree angle. With your left hand, grab the cable and coil it. You’ll be coiling it from your hand to your tricep (right above your elbow). When you’ve wrapped the length of the cable, slide your arm through the hole and you’re done.

Instead of your hands and triceps making the coil, you can also use your hand and armpit/shoulder for a larger coil and quicker wrap.

The problem is that you can still wind up with tangled cables in this method. Also, unwinding the coil is pretty annoying. On the bright side, it’s a free and fast option.

7. Retractable Cable Reel

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If you want an upgrade from a spool, you can use a retractable cable reel. This is a reel that uses a mechanism to automatically spool the cable back. It’s a little more expensive and it is typically fixed in a single location.

It looks really neat and it’s a very convenient way of using an extension cord. The only problem is that the cable reel might wear the cable over time. It’s worth replacing the cable from time to time to keep it safe.

Read More: The Best Wall Mounted Retractable Extension Cord Reels

8. Create Your Own Reel

Finally, you can try to create your own reel for spooling your cable on. You just need to create a rod on a turntable that your cable can wrap around. Consider putting a PVC pipe T-handle at the top of the rod so you can quickly rotate it by hand.

You can even put this contraption inside of a bucket and cut a little hole in the side of the bucket and feed your extension cord inlet plug outside of the bucket.


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