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Extension cords... AHHH!!!

My post of the day, quick and simple... This drives me bat s**t as a guitarist and now as a woodworker...

TANGLED CABLES/EXTENSION CORDS!!!

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"If you don't want to wear chaps, that's fine with me I wouldn't in this heat either, just be careful. The crazy part is: it's 97 degrees out and youre wearing blue jeans. I don't see why you refuse to just wear shorts if you don't want chaps. Jeans are not going to stop a chainsaw from ruining your day."
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My post of the day, quick and simple... This drives me bat s**t as a guitarist and now as a woodworker...

TANGLED CABLES/EXTENSION CORDS!!!

Any tips?
How about one of these?




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I am purchasing one for my shop but I do quite a bit outside when it's nice out. I suppose maybe some plastic reels maybe but I just don't like the extra bulk ya know?

"If you don't want to wear chaps, that's fine with me I wouldn't in this heat either, just be careful. The crazy part is: it's 97 degrees out and youre wearing blue jeans. I don't see why you refuse to just wear shorts if you don't want chaps. Jeans are not going to stop a chainsaw from ruining your day."
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For inside the shop, the reel is the way to go.
For outside, I cut a hole near the bottom of a 5 gal plastic dry wall mud bucket for the male plug, and coiled a 50 foot #12 cord in the bucket. Pull the male out to reach a plug in and leave the bucket sitting there while pulling the female end out of the coil.
Neat, and the bucket's bail makes it easy to carry around.
I use the same set up for air hoses. Reel inside and and bucket for outside.

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I am purchasing one for my shop but I do quite a bit outside when it's nice out. I suppose maybe some plastic reels maybe but I just don't like the extra bulk ya know?
I'm with ya...I know what you mean...how about a wireless extension cord?




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I've been saying that for years hahaha. When I was in a band I would weekly be like "they have the technology, why can't my pedals, amp controller, and power supplies just be wireless!?" then after walking on stage jammin, my cord would get tangled and pull things over, unplug, and trip me, and I'd think it to myself again (there are wireless guitar units that would illuminate that but I think they rob too much sound, personal preference)

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I always wrap the extension cord around my hand and elbow.

HOWEVER

I put a twist in the cord to prevent the tangled mess that happens after a few roll ups. Also when using the coiled cord, I unroll it and not just pull the cord out of the coil.

I've tried the fold it in half and pull loops method but the result is too large of a volume.

Use the right tool for the job.

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I'll try that mich. I'm a hand elbow person myself.

"If you don't want to wear chaps, that's fine with me I wouldn't in this heat either, just be careful. The crazy part is: it's 97 degrees out and youre wearing blue jeans. I don't see why you refuse to just wear shorts if you don't want chaps. Jeans are not going to stop a chainsaw from ruining your day."
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I get raccoons in my shop that like to tangle the cords up. Otherwise I wouldn't have a problem.
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HOLY MOLEY, Steve.
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HOLY MOLEY, Steve.
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They're always too tired to sand.
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My post of the day, quick and simple... This drives me bat s**t as a guitarist and now as a woodworker...

TANGLED CABLES/EXTENSION CORDS!!!

Any tips?
Are you writing about tangled in use or tangled in storage? Tangles together (more than one) or just one?

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How about a reel ?
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For your extension cords I have always wound mine up with a large loop as I swing my arms apart.

To prevent tangling I do I 1/2 twist every second loop. What this method achieves is you can hold the socket at each end and just drop the centre of the bundle, walking the ends apart you have no tangles and it is not all twisted.

To keep the bundle neat once rolled I pass a looped section through the middle, over the top and pull down. I'll post a pic of a small lead. Not sure if they are in the right order.

A trick with your power tools. I have almost never had to use a corded tool without the use of an extension lead as well ....... so ...... Some years ago I decided to cut all my leads on my tools down to short stubs and have never looked back. If you have all your power tools in a box as I used to you no longer have an issue of all the leads tangled. It is quicker to pack up as you have no tool leads to worry about.

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I put two of these on the ceiling of my workshop, (lucky to have slightly lower ceilings for this), and they work great. Never use an extension cord anymore. Got this one at Home Depot, but one I got from Lowes was better but not listed on their online site.


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this is how i have started dealing with all my free cords (put it on pintrest, sorry) old wire hanger:
http://pinterest.com/pin/470204017315015284/
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I've nearly done what DaveTTC suggests = cut the leads short.
I have two short, heavy-duty (14/3) extension cords which I made up, myself. Each one ends in a steel quad box, everything is plugged in.

I have several really long, skinny, nearly useless extension cords. I'm just waiting to find the right macrame' pattern. Outdoors, I run a home-made 65' cord of 14/3.
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In the live music business, professionals all "over-under" their cables, a way to roll them up so they won't tangle. I don't know how to explain it but there are youtube videos (like everything else.)

I use a lot of extension cords from typical 12/3 shop cords up to 4/4 SOOW, which is more than an inch thick. There's no better way to stow a cable AFAIK. I do this to my garden hoses too, believe it or not. Wouldn't bother with a hose reel because this way the hose will lay flat when using it.

Just my $0.02 but I have not had any problems with cords that want to tangle since I learned to store them this way.
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In the live music business, professionals all "over-under" their cables, a way to roll them up so they won't tangle. I don't know how to explain it but there are youtube videos (like everything else.)

I use a lot of extension cords from typical 12/3 shop cords up to 4/4 SOOW, which is more than an inch thick. There's no better way to stow a cable AFAIK. I do this to my garden hoses too, believe it or not. Wouldn't bother with a hose reel because this way the hose will lay flat when using it.

Just my $0.02 but I have not had any problems with cords that want to tangle since I learned to store them this way.
Yes I use that too.

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