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    Re: how to coil an extension cord

    Guys if you have cords without "memory" lay them out in the sun (uncoiled of course) and preferably on the driveway where it will heat up. Then coil it up (over/under) and put a cord wrap/velcro strap on it and you'll be all set. Within a day or so it will retain its cord memory and be all that much easier to coil from that point forward.

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    Re: how to coil an extension cord

    Quote Originally Posted by umana2482 View Post
    But the licorice effect did annoy me.
    agreed and that's the whole point of rolling it up a specific way (like the video) so you can avoid the twist in the cord...

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    Re: how to coil an extension cord

    I mainly use a retractable ($25-$40) that I have connected to the center of my ceiling with clips on the right and left to keep it off the vehicles. Works great. When I use a regular one I hold it in my left hand, I then use an old white athletic sock (I keep a stack in my cabinet for various uses) on my right hand to pull it in and go from right to left making small loops without twisting the cord. The sock helps wipe grime off it as I coil it.

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    Re: how to coil an extension cord

    Quote Originally Posted by VISITOR View Post
    seems like we all roll/coil up are extension cords one way or another, but this way seems to help prevent problems that you will encounter later...
    Very important video. Thanks for sharing this video.

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    Re: how to coil an extension cord

    But doesn't temperature affect coiling/wrapping? Absolutely, there's a big difference between wrapping a cord that's warmed up in a heated area and one that sits in a cold garage, no?
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    Re: how to coil an extension cord

    Absolutely agree, Steve. Electrical cords, like my water hoses, behave differently with temperature and they are tougher to deal with when colder. I let my cords (and hoses) "find" the way they want to be wrapped or coiled. the way i do that is to extend the chord at arm's length and then coil it up the way it wants to coil. When you do that you can see which way it wants to "twist" and wrap it in that direction.

    I also "detwist" my cords as i work a few times during the job.

    Some GREAT ideas in this thread for a problem i hate...twisted up cords!

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    Re: how to coil an extension cord

    I use the cord pro. Keeps cords neat and all I need
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    Re: how to coil an extension cord

    Over Under method....did it for 12 yrs on the same com chord and never got twisted

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    Re: how to coil an extension cord

    Quote Originally Posted by Ceerokz View Post
    Over Under method....did it for 12 yrs on the same com chord and never got twisted
    I just started doing the over under cord wrap and love it.

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    Re: how to coil an extension cord

    I will have to give the over under technique a try....
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