In a recent Q&A about coiling extension cords, air hoses, and rope, JLC senior editor Roe Osborn gave some advice that he learned three decades ago. His technique centered on recognizing the natural lay of the cord and working with it in a Zen-like manner.

The article sparked some discussion and feedback, which included advice from a physicist/former-electrician and sailmaker, Brent Benson. Benson uses a technique those familiar with sailing will recognize called “flaking”. As you’ll see in Benson’s video, flaking is fairly easy and has several benefits: no twists, the cord lays flatter, it doesn’t tangle easily, and it can be hung or laid flat once it’s coiled. If you own long extension cords, I promise this video is worth the 3 minutes.

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