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How to wrap your EVSE/other cables! (You're doing it wrong!)

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:38 am
by Ingineer
We get EVSE's in all the time that have had their cord wrapped incorrectly and their cables are trashed! You should ALWAYS do the over/under wrap method!

You will benefit from way less tangles, and the cable will still look/act new after many uses. Usually you can just throw the properly wrapped cable out and it will be straight with zero knots!

Here's a video showing how: (Disclaimer: Not mine!)


Practice this, it seems hard at first, but quickly becomes second nature. Please share this method! (And it would make a great sticky for this section too!)

-Phil

Re: How to wrap your EVSE/other cables! (You're doing it wro

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:56 am
by Randy3
That is great! Now I know why my 50 foot extensions are messed up. Wonder if this is why my garden hose is also kinked (or just cheap hose)?

Thanks, Phil!

Re: How to wrap your EVSE/other cables! (You're doing it wro

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:58 am
by thankyouOB
thanks.
who knew chelsea handler would have an utility in the modern world?

Re: How to wrap your EVSE/other cables! (You're doing it wro

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:00 pm
by Ingineer
Randy3 wrote:That is great! Now I know why my 50 foot extensions are messed up. Wonder if this is why my garden hose is also kinked (or just cheap hose)?

Thanks, Phil!
Yes, this works well for hoses also!

-Phil

Re: Securing Nissan brick for airport or other public chargi

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:16 pm
by DaveinOlyWA
Ingineer wrote:
smkettner wrote:Loop around your wrist and elbow is free ;)
DON'T!

Definitely not!

We get EVSE's in all the time that have been wrapped this way and their cables are trashed! You should ALWAYS do the over/under!

You will benefit from way less tangles, and the cable will still look/act new after many uses.

Here's a video showing how: (Disclaimer: Not mine!)


-Phil

cable does wear out which is why i use a cord reel for my Electric mower. its 100 feet and i dont want to replace it

Re: How to wrap your EVSE/other cables! (You're doing it wro

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:34 pm
by smkettner
Another helpful hint... when a cord or hose is new unroll it as if it was on a spool.
If you lay it on the floor and pull it out you already have a big twist going as the loops come off the pile.

Re: How to wrap your EVSE/other cables! (You're doing it wro

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:57 pm
by dgpcolorado
I didn't know this and spent some time outside with my 50' and 100' extension cords. It works exactly as described; I was amazed! Now to try it on a hose, although part of the problem with those is that they get very stiff when cold.

Re: How to wrap your EVSE/other cables! (You're doing it wro

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:08 pm
by padamson1
I've been using the coil and twist method used by sailors (as shown here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2ChlCns4AU but without the final tight wrap & knot). This requires that a the far end is free to spin around because the twist turns the rope. It also requires that the line get shaken out (with one end free) to undo the twists or kinks will appear. Both of which are a real pain with garden hoses and wire.

This looks much better. Thanx. Another cool thing learned on MNL!

Re: How to wrap your EVSE/other cables! (You're doing it wro

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:59 pm
by eclecticflower
Great video - if I'd have known that trick, neither of my 100' cords would be knotted piles of junk now! :cry: Learn something new every day...thank you so much! :)

Re: How to wrap your EVSE/other cables! (You're doing it wro

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:18 pm
by GeekEV
What about that pretzel (French braid?) style wrapping I see hanging on the back of so many commercial trucks? What's that called, how does it compare, and how do you do it? :D