Use These Alternating Coil Methods For Knot-Free Cables

Use These Alternating Coil Methods For Knot-Free Cables

Wrapping your cables is easy, but avoiding kinks, twists and knots is a lot harder. The trick is to alternate the direction of the wrap, but that’s really the sort of thing you have to learn visually. Fortunately, the London School of Sound offers up a video that demonstrates two ways to use the alternating coil method and keep your cables in top shape.

I was taught this technique in school, but I never fully grasped it until I watched this video. As we’ve shown before, it’s actually a very simple technique of wrapping one way and then alternating. It’s something you really have to see to grasp. Putting it into words would just make it confusing. What this video offers beyond our original is a faster, second alternating method. It takes a bit more practice to master — I haven’t quite gotten it down yet — but can save a lot of time both coiling and uncoiling your cables.

How to Coil Cables [YouTube via Reddit]


  • Learnt this one a while back, it sure helps when it comes to xlr leads that have a flexible outer jacket. I’ve found with cables such as power leads that if it has previously been wrapped up by someone who hasn’t used this method then it will make it worse as the lead retains the twists and if you don’t match them perfectly it goes everywhere.

    • For leads that retain memory, hanging them in the sun for a few hours on a hot/warm day will usually soften them enough to remove the ‘memory’. Then they can be re-wrapped correctly.

    • This is ‘Life Hacker’ admittedly they do run a plethora of banality, but by and large these are ‘Life Hacks’. This one is an improvement on previous similar articles.

  • rope and line handling is important if you’re handling rope and line. I usually use a variation of a shibari figure 8 hank (wrap the cord in figure 8’s around your thumbs, or thumb and forefinger for shorter lines like headphone cords, with a couple of wraps around the center and the bight or line end tucked through the loop at one end. Doesn’t travel fantastically unless you either lock the end/bight back through one of the wraps or use a carabiner to hold the bites together – but for wrapping headphones so they don’t get tangled on your desk – it’s quick and easy.

  • Ive been doing this for near on 20 years I was shown when I was about 10. Got shown more the #2 method in the video by someone who was basically a roadie and setting up AV for big events.

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