How to Wrap Your Extension Cord Like a Contractor and Eliminate Knots

You can take the cord, fold it in half, and wrap it around your hand like a figure eight. The end of each loop should be tucked into itself creating two loops that are roughly 1/4″ apart with one wrapped over the other. Then make a slip knot at the top of each loop and tuck this knot under both loops on top-wrap them again to secure.-

“Ways to hang extension cords” is a question that has been asked before. This article will teach you how to wrap your extension cord like a contractor and eliminate knots.

Wrapped extension cord hanging from peg board.

When you’re unwinding extension cables, do they look like this, no matter how well they were wrapped?

Tangled extension cord on man in garage angry face.

I’m going to teach you a trick that will help you get rid of tangled and knotted extension wires. The Contractor’s Wrap is a technique I acquired from a Boy Scout leader who used to work as an HVAC technician when my mustache was just peach fuzz.

This is how it goes.

Connect the male and female ends together in the first step.

Man connecting male female end of extension cord.

Step 2: Finish with an Overhand Knot

Wrap extension cord overhand knot.

Step 3: Tie a series of slip knots in a row.

Wrap extension cord slip knots.

Grab the two strands of cord under the loop of the overhand knot you just formed.

Wrap extension cord pull strands through slip knots.

Form a new loop by pulling the two strands through the loop.

Vintage wrap extension cord pull strands through the loop.

Pass your hand through the loop you’ve just created. Pull the two strands of cord underneath it through the loop to create a new loop. Continue until you’ve reached the end of the cord.

Step 4: Finish the job by tying the ends together.

Wrap extension cord tie off end.

Pull the rope through your final loop to produce an overhand knot when you reach the doubled-over end of the cord (top picture).

The Final Product

Wrap extension cord finished product series of knots.

This is what your final output should look like. To store it, just hang it up.


Vintage unravel extension cord, pull out the end to undo the overhand knot finished.

Pull out the end of your extension cable to untie the overhand knot you ended with, then keep tugging. It will all miraculously unwind without tangling since you have a chain of sequential slip knots.

Adding a Second Cord for Longer Cords

Vintage doubling up for longer cords illustration.

If you have a 50-foot or longer extension chord, I suggest doubling up on it. You’ll have four strands instead of two when you draw them through your loops. When constructing loops, it’s critical to grip and pull through all four strands.

Finished doubled-up contractor's wrap.

Contractor’s Wrap is now doubled-up.



This article will teach you how to wrap your extension cord like a contractor. This is an easy way to eliminate knots in the cord. Reference: how to wrap a short extension cord.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you wrap an extension cord without knots?

A: It is recommended that you use a cord reel to help tangle-free.

How do you wind up a cord so it doesnt tangle?

A: Wrap the cord around your hand twice.

What is the best way to wrap up an extension cord?

A: Just like any other cord, the best way to wrap an extension cord is by using a zip-tie. This will help prevent it from getting caught and tangled with anything around you.

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