We've all done this or have seen it done on the job site, but coiling cords too tightly introduces twists and kinks and should be avoided.
Despite all the cordless tools that keep showing up on job sites, air hoses and extension cords still need to be rolled out every morning and wrapped up at the end of the day. Coiling them tightly for storage introduces twists and kinks that can cause damage and make them harder to manage around the work zone.
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To keep a medium-gauge electrical cord in good condition and to avoid coiling, I drape the line back and forth over my hand until I have a few feet left. Then I tie off the bundle with the remaining cord and create a loop to hang it with. For heavy-gauge electrical cords that are too bulky to drape and bundle, I weave a daisy chain, which then can be folded into a manageable size for transportation and storage.
For polyurethane air hoses, I avoid twisting the line by folding every other loop in the opposite direction. This method requires less time to coil the lines, and it allows them to be uncoiled easily. No matter what method is used for wrapping and storing hoses and cords, it’s important to avoid kinking or creasing the line or housings. For that reason, I avoid wrapping cords too tightly or hanging them from nails for storage. Instead, I hang cords on 2x blocks of wood fixed to the wall.