Coiling an Electric Cord

If you usually coil an electrical cord with the commonly used hand over elbow method, then you are most likely to have electrical cord that is kinked badly by the time you need to use it. What you need to do is to know the right way to coil your electrical cord so that it will store compactly and properly. Coiling your electrical cord in the right way will help to prevent kinking problem as well, so here are the steps on how to coil your electrical cord.

You will need:

  1. Drawer or nail

Electric Cord


  1. First, place the electrical cord on the ground and stretch it making sure there are no kinks or twists. Grab one end of the cord in your left hand while your fingers are facing up and your thumb is pressing down on the cord.
  2. Then, with your fingers under the cord and your thumb on top, pull your right hand back along the cord. Continue to pull until at a convenient point and clamp the wire with your thumb to grip it. Bring the cord forward to your left hand.
  3. Place the loop in your left hand and grab the loop with your left thumb and fingers. Repeat the process of sliding, gripping and carrying the loop forward until most of the cords are being placed in the left hand with the loops hanging straight.
  4. In the center of the bundle, grab the loops of the cord. The free end should be wrapped around the bundle for three to four times. Bring the free end through the center of the loops above the wraps. Take the free end of the cable down below the wraps. Again, pull the free end of the cable through the loops.
  5. Next, you can store your properly coiled electrical wire in a drawer or hang it on a nail in the garage or your house. By the time you need to use the electrical cord, simply pull the free end out from between the loops. Around the center of section, unwrap the turns and pull the loops apart. The electrical cord will unwrap without kinks and ready to use.

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Additional Reading:

Cords.(Electrical Supplies): An article from: Hardware Retailing

Miller’s Guide to Home Wiring