First, some decisions need to be made about how everyone will start. Then, make sure everybody does the wrap the same way. For instance, decide which end of a cable to start with. You may decide to always start at the male connector end.
This method is written for right-handers. But once understood, it is easily adaptable.
Over Loop: Take the male connector in your left hand (shown in Figure 1 as a ribbon). Make a one-foot diameter loop in the clockwise direction. The connector end will face you.
Under Loop: With your right hand, grab the cable about two feet from your left hand. Your right hand fingers should be over the top of the cable with the thumb underneath (see Figure 2). Now move your right hand toward the left hand, rotating your right hand clockwise (see Figure 3). Grab the top of this new loop with your left hand fingers. Your right hand fingers should point toward your left hand. Now adjust the loop size so it is the same size as the first loop.
Over Loop: The next loop is done the same way as the first over loop.
Continue: Each loop then alternates over and under until you reach the other end. The cable should be neatly coiled in your left hand.
When you are done, use a cable tie wrap, string or something to keep the coils together. Be sure to store the cables neatly and carefully in a box or on a hook. This method helps you easily separate the cables for a fast set-up the next time you use them.Caution: This method will force you to untangle the cable before you wrap it, or your coils will not be nice and even. Cables that are already in poor shape may not be retrainable because of permanent twists and kinks.
Hold the coil in your left hand the same way it was wrapped. Take the connectors in each hand and throw out the cable. It should lay out ready to use. Be sure that one end has not passed through the loops. If it has, you will have a tangle at every loop!
Wrapping cables with this method will ensure nice-looking, twist-free cables that provide fast set up.
Last update: 04:31 PM Wednesday, July 19, 2006