Keeping Cords Tidy

Submitted: Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:19
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Does anyone have any top tips for keeping the cord from the plug to accessories tidy and untangled when packed away. Whenever I get my fluoro out, I have to spend time untangling the cord before I plug it in, regardless of how I pack it.

Cheers
Rob
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Reply By: flappan - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:24

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:24
I just wind it around the light and whack a Lacky Band over it.
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Reply By: William - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:25

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:25
I got some Lexen offcuts for free from the local plastics outlet. The widest was 75mm but on average were 50mm and they were between 2mm and 6mm.
I took a long piece 4mm thick that was 45mm wide, and cut a U shape in each end 40mm deep. I just roll up the cord around that. I bought a bag for my Versalite at a camping show for $5.00 and the whole lot goes into the bag and comes out all neat and tidy.
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Follow Up By: Scott_G - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 18:56

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 18:56
mate that is a bloody brilliant idea.
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Follow Up By: Rowler - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 17:39

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 17:39
what is lexen?

Cheers Rowler (dave)
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Reply By: Steve from Armidale - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:41

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:41
I use a fishing handline eel available for a couple of dollars from K-Mart. Keeps it tidy - and I also have another one for the wofes "clothes line".

Steve
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Follow Up By: Steve from Armidale - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:52

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 11:52
Actually an ell may be a bit of a problem! Go for the handline reel instead

Steve from Armidale
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Follow Up By: Moose - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 14:21

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 14:21
Fingers a bit wonky today mate! Eel, ell, wofes - is that last one meant to be wolfes? or isn't she like that?
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Reply By: Bitsumishin - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 12:37

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 12:37
For samller leads like flouros & the air mattress pump, I went to a $2Buck shop (Crazy Clarks or similar) & picked up a pack of about half a dozen straps that are Velcro & just wrap them around. They had a loop at the end that allowed my to hang them up as well.
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Follow Up By: Martyn (WA) - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 15:49

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 15:49
Did the same, works a treat, I keep spare straps as well just in case, I used one to attatch a torch to my shovel once, amazing what you can use them for. Keep the shiny side up
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Reply By: Moose - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 14:33

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 14:33
This is going to be difficult to visualise for you but I hope I can make it reasonably clear. I've attached a couple of pieces of wire to the light - one at each end. They swing so that they can pack flat against it or hang out. The shape is essentially a J (this font doesn't have enough bend at the end of the "jay"). I can hang the light horizontally across a pole that sits under the centre of the awning (didn't come with tent - I added it specifically for the light). Anyway the cord is simply wrapped around the two bits of wire and then stuffed into a carry bag when not in use. The end result is that I have the light with the cord lying neatly along one side - looking much like when you "roll" up a length of rope or a power cord. It works a treat. Makes it a self contained unit without any extra bits and pieces. Bet you have no idea what the hell I mean!
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Follow Up By: Rob H - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 15:09

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 15:09
You mean the cord is like a figure of 8 along it!

I like it!! I had trouble imagining it at first but then it clicked into place, and that is a great solution!!

Thanks Moose
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Follow Up By: Member - Pluto - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 19:12

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 19:12
I use a similar method to Moose, except I use two cords instead of hooks. The cord can be used to hank the coiled up cable which keeps it neat and compact with out a bag or any other kind of container. I ty off the hank with a chain knot that takes up the loose tail of the cord and is very easy to untie when the light needed.

PlutoGet out there & have Fun!!!
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Reply By: RayMc - Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 20:45

Friday, Jan 16, 2004 at 20:45
I either wrap the lead around the light or loop it along the length and then pack it into a length of stormwater pipe with a cap on either end. Keeps it neat and also gives it some protection.
Cheers
Ray
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Reply By: Crazy-Mik - Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 08:51

Saturday, Jan 17, 2004 at 08:51
try this one, used in rallies for phone cord, get sone garden hose reels and wind the cords onto it, then just roll out and wind back up when done, if your really keen fit the female end to the outer wall of the reel and then just plug in to the reel once the cord is run out.
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