"Daisy chain" for tangle-free cord storage.
Q In your April '06 issue, p. 16, you showed how to coil extension cords. I saw a contractor use another method that allowed him to just pull the cord out tangle-free. Do you know that one?
Arthur A. Costa, via e-mail
A Sure. Pros often use a method called a "daisy chain," which entails creating a series of loops that feed through each other, yet come apart tangle-free. It can reduce a 50-ft. cord to a more manageable length of about 8 ft. Start by folding the cord in half. Then hold the ends of the cord in your left hand, make an 8-in. loop (Photo 1) and reach through the loop with your right hand to grab the cord about a foot past the loop. Pull the 12 in. of cord through the first loop, creating another loop (Photos 2 and 3).
Make more loops, pulling a new loop through each preceding one until you reach the end of the cord (Photo 4). Then make a loose loop to keep the cord from coming unraveled and feed it through the last loop (Photo 5). To use the cord, unfasten the last loop and pull on the cord to straighten it out.
1 Fold the cord in half, then create a closed loop at one end.
2 Reach through the loop and grasp the cord.
3 Pull a section of cord back through the initial loop.
4 Continue making loops by pulling the cord through each newly created loop.
5 Make a final loop, then push it through the previous loop to hold it together.