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Best Way to Wrap an Extension Cord

In this article and supplementary video I share what I consider to be the best way to wrap an extension cord.  It all starts with a scenario that may be very familiar to you.  You need a long extension cord to use an electric tool like a lawnmower or a hedge trimmer, and find that the cord is a mess. All twisted and full of knots!

Typical Twisted Extension Cord

Don’t Coil Your Cords – Fold Them!

Here’s a better way to wrap up and store those long light duty cords.  The process is called folding rather than coiling.

When you coil a cord, to get nice loops together necessitates twisting the core in one direction over and over again, 360 degrees per wrap. Unless the cord is stretched out and free to flip around easily, you’re going to get twists, and if the cord ends get mixed up in the loops, unwrapping the cord is going to result in knots, if not a completely tangled mess.

Folding a Cord

How to Fold an Extension Cord

To “fold” a cord (or a rope) here’s are the steps you will need to follow:

Step One:

Untangle the mess created from not knowing this simple trick.  Then stretch out the cord to begin.

Step Two:

With an open palm facing upward, drape the cord over your palm and leave the end longer than the loops or folds that you are going to make.

Drape the Cord Over Your Open Palm

Step Three:

With your free hand, pull the cord in one arm length at a time, dropping the cord into the palm of your had first one way, then back again in the opposite direction making two even loops hanging down on each side of your hand, but not longer than the cord end you have hanging down.

Make Two Even Loops With the Cord

Step Four:

When you get near the end, leave the last loop slightly longer than the others on that side, and enough length so that the cord end is hanging below the loops as well.

Leave the Last Loop Longer Than the Others

Step Five:

Take that last longer loop, and wrap it around both folds once or twice below your palm, and then bring it back through in place of your hand.

Wrap Longer Loop Around Both Folds Once


Step Six:

Use the loop you bring out to hang the cord, or spread that loop out and pull over top of the rest of the folds to secure everything in place. Then you can hang the cord resting all the loops on an appropriate hook.

use The Loop To Hang The Cord

Make sense?  Watch the video below to see the folding process in action.

There you have it!  A neater, more effective way to wrap an extension cord.  Feel free to share this article/video with anyone you think might benefit from it.

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