rslatkin wrote:I've been using the over under method for a long time, but my cord is still really twisted. Is there any way to un-twist it? It's hard to even tell which direction the twist is in.
As I mentioned above, I don't think this is ideal for EV leads in the long run. It's preferable to an elbow wrap, of course, but over time the internal wires will move and 'walk' around.
I have found it is better to make a couple of loops from one end, rotating the coil you are holding at each loop to prevent the cable 'fighting' the coiling, rather than backward-looping the cable as you draw it in. In that way, you are rotating the coil to the cable rather than rotating the cable to the coil which does cause the internal wires to 'creep' just a little. Once you have manipulated the coil from one end, then drop those couple of coils in the trunk and then do the same from the other end. As you are rotating the coil rather than the cable, you are not causing any twist on the cable now hanging over the boot lip. You can then bring the two halves together by placing the second coil on top of the first. This way, you are introducing no twists at all, whereas in the backward twisting method you do introduce a very subtle twist (due to the 'pitch' of the coil you are making) each time the opposite direction coil is made.
I realise that I am probably not making myself quite clear, but if you do the reverse loop method all the time you will eventually find at some stage you are fighting the cable to twist whether you are going for a 'normal' loop or
a 'reverse' loop, and at that point you have a cable poised for a terminal decline.
(Difficult to explain a complex task like this in words - If it would help if I re-explain any of that, then please let me know.)