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HOW TO: Wrap your cables

post #1 of 25
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In this thread, I want to discuss cable wrapping. The way I learned to wrap cables properly will be outlined in my initial post. Hope this hasn't been discussed before.. I didn't search


Over-Under Method:

Step 1: Take the cable and hold the end of it in your right hand, palm facing upward. The apex of the cable (whether it be the USB connection, prongs or your favorite headphones) should be facing away from you and come to end right outside of your grip.



Step 2: Start with an under-wrap. This is different then a normal forward rolling motion of the cable.

Step 2a: What you do is grab about 6" down on the cable with your left hand, in the same fashion as the holding hand, only the opposite direction. The cable's "tail" should go away from you.


Step 2b: Take your left hand and twist your wrist so your palm is facing down. The loop you just made is what needs to go in your right hand.



Step 2c: Grasp the cable with your right hand, and the cable's tail will be facing you now, but it will go under itself and dangle.


Step 3: The over-wrap. Grab another 6" down the cable and just simple swing it over your hand and grab it. It shouldn't be complex, just take it and wrap it around.







Step 4: Repeat Step 2, then 3, then 2, then 3.


Step 5: The cable tie. It is a good idea to get a tie of some sort, like the velcro ones that you attach to the end of cables. When the cable has been properly wrapped, use the velcro to secure the wrap.

When you use this method of cable wrapping, the cable becomes very accesible when in need. You simply grab the top end of the coil, and lift. The rest of the cable flows seemlessly into place and you have the entire cable. No knots, no tangles, no bumps or lumps. This way of cable wrapping maintains the internal structure of the cable. It can be used for anything: USB, power, mouse, VGA, or even watering hose.

It takes a little bit of getting used to, but once you do, it's hard to wrap a cable "normal" again!
post #2 of 25
Can wrapping ruin the cable?
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
No. In fact, this is (to my knowledge) the best way to wrap cables as it doesn't tangle them. If you have ever wrapped a cable around itself (to hold it tight) you will notice that the cable has tendencies of the way it bends. It is no longer straight, or loose. It has bends and "goes" in directions.

Try this method out!

EDIT: I learned this method from a coworker who used to work for some company working with cables. High-end, low-end, big or small. He would wrap them up and unwrap them all day long (doing w/e it was he did).
post #4 of 25
Pictorial needed.
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by Gautama View Post
Pictorial needed.
Okay, it will be up in a bit. I just got home from work.

I tried explaining it best I could!
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by Gautama View Post
Pictorial needed.
Pictorial posted. Some of the pics are bad. When somebody can help me take pictures, I'll post some better ones

Don't shoot me. I shoot back...

Tyler
post #7 of 25
are there people who don't know how to wrap their cables?
post #8 of 25
I don't, all my cables have lumps and bumps
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by vcoheda View Post
are there people who don't know how to wrap their cables?
Ever been to a friend's house and used the extension cord that takes 10 minutes to untangle?
post #10 of 25
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Ever been to a friend's house and used the extension cord that takes 10 minutes to untangle?
nah, all my friends use virtual dynamics extension cords, so they don't get kinked
post #11 of 25
Can some please post instructions on how to insert a plug into a power outlet?
post #12 of 25
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Can some please post instructions on how to insert a plug into a power outlet?
also pics for each step!! not too good with just words im afraid
post #13 of 25
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Can some please post instructions on how to insert a plug into a power outlet?
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also pics for each step!! not too good with just words im afraid
Perhaps you two could team up and develop a useful guide.

Remember, head-fi attracts people of all age groups with varying levels of hi-fi and world experience.

I wish I could get my teenagers to wrap a cable correctly after use.
post #14 of 25
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When you use this method of cable wrapping, the cable becomes very accesible when in need. You simply grab the top end of the coil, and lift. The rest of the cable flows seemlessly into place and you have the entire cable. No knots, no tangles, no bumps or lumps. This way of cable wrapping maintains the internal structure of the cable. It can be used for anything: USB, power, mouse, VGA, or even watering hose.
The first time I used an L3000, I realized that coiling and uncoiling it and preserving its internal structure was different from other headphones such as the K701 or HD650. The L3000's stock cable is stiffer and is more structured. It requires the coiling technique described by the OP, or else it becomes twisted and the internal wires are at risk of being damaged.

I use the same coiling technique with aftermarket headphone cables, including Moon Audio, Enigma Audio, APureSound and Stefan AudioArts. These aftermarket cables are also stiffer and not as flexible as the stock K701 or HD650 cable, and cannot be handled and coiled the same way. They also require using the OP's technique.
post #15 of 25
I know there were pictures here before. Could you repost them?


Thanks
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