In our sister publication, Tools of the Trade, editor David Frane shares a video by Ron Paulk, showing a method for properly coiling extension cords.

David writes: "His method is similar to one I learned during a summer job as a deckhand, where we had to run 1,000 feet of cord (in 200'-300' lengths) to the end of a barge tow to power running lights. We put cord out and took it in as barges were added or removed from the tow. Instead of coiling it into a hand—like Paulk does—we coiled the cord over our necks and let it hang to our knees because 200’ of cord is heavy and more than one can hold in a hand. It was important to do it correctly because it takes forever to untangle 300’ of cord (don’t ask how I know)."  Read more.