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Properly Storing an Extension Cord

By Christine27360
December 4, 2011

When rolling up an extension cord, first stretch out the cord completely. Then, take the plug-in end and walk it back to the other plug in end. So now the cord is in half. Then start at the plug-in end and pull the rest of the cord to you in a circle... When you get to the "loop" at the end, wrap it two times around the middle of the circle and slip the "loop" part through the hole at the top of the circle. You can then hang the extension cord from this loop!

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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Dec 3, 2011 6:31 PM CST Admin

Couldn't be simpler. Hilarious!

Seriously, I bet with practice this could become second nature. I'm going to try this technique next time!
Name: Sheila F
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Dec 3, 2011 7:11 PM CST
Good tip. Guys that worked where I used to would make figure eights with their extension cords. Then tie them like that. They claimed it kept them from tangling up. I have a roller with a handle that I use, getting old now and hate to have it break. Sticking tongue out
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Dec 3, 2011 7:35 PM CST
Confused Blinking I'm lost. I never could learn all those knot things either. Hilarious!
I know this is a great tip & people who can tie those knots will love it!
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Dec 3, 2011 7:56 PM CST
Great tip Christine! That knot reminds me of a boating knot that I can't remember the name of. My friends husband always hangs his extension cords like that and it's a tip I should use ... instead of having cords tangled up in a pile!
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Name: Kristi
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Dec 3, 2011 8:51 PM CST
It works and the only other tip I'd add would be to plug in the male to female in the same cord.

If the cord is left out in the garage or carport here, we have little dirt daubing wasps that will fill every available opening and plugging the ends together will thwart them.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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Name: Anna
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Dec 4, 2011 8:17 AM CST
I was also shown the figure 8 which is good for long ones. I think I can do this one...does it work well with really long cords?
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Dec 28, 2011 11:37 AM CST
My hubby showed me how to do this and it works great -- long or short cords.

I like the idea of plugging the ends in when you are done so the bees dont get in there -- I have seen that done too!
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