By Mr. Farley

Cable Coiling is one of the first things you will learn when you enter any studio (audio or video) or broadcasting training. And it’s something that is a legitimate life hack if you’re like the 99.9% out there who struggle constantly with tangled wires, cables, and cords. If you’re like me, you have learned to just patiently start somewhere and untangle the mess, then create an entirely new mess of the cable (but neater looking!) that is destined to become the next knotted and tangled mess.

The way out of this nightmare is to take the short time needed to learn how to properly coil cable and then each time you are faced with wrapping up a cable, do it right.

Here’s a funny article about cable coiling called How to Tell a Loved One They’re Coiling Cables Wrong.

Picture from How to Tell a Loved One They’re Coiling Cables Wrong (linked above)

So now you know the practical reasons why you should coil cable correctly. There are two more reasons. First, it’s better for the cable. Kinking and twisting knotted cable over and over again is bad for it. You create cables that buzz and eventually fail. Secondly, and this is very important, you announce yourself loudly as a novice when you can’t coil cable. You belong with the crowd, not the crew. There’s nothing wrong with that. But if you are trying to be part of the production, there are certain things you need to know and be able to do. Cable Coiling is one of the first.

Here’s a video on how to coil a cable.

Here’s another:

So now you need to practice. Grab a cable and give it a try. Spend 15 minutes getting it right, uncoiling it, and recoiling it and then you’re good. When you’ve got it down, show a certifier and to get that coveted SLAM Cable-Coiler Certification!

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