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why do cords wrap themselves and twist up?
    #3883982 - 03/07/05 08:31 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I can't stand this. I have no explanation. It's like they're masochistic or something. The electric cord for my cable modem is the worse. It twists itself up so much that it almost ties itself into twisty knots and it isn't even long enough to stretch the distance it needs to do. They just seem to do this of their own free will. What the hell is going on? Do I need an electric cord exorcist?


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: question_for_joo]
    #3884047 - 03/07/05 08:47 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Ha, i used to spent hours tripping and trying to untangle my guitar cords. By the time i finished, i would be done tripping and not want to play anymore. lol


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: question_for_joo]
    #3884078 - 03/07/05 08:55 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

One electrical cord exorcist coming up! :wink:


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: Ythan]
    #3884183 - 03/07/05 09:25 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

no offesne, but that is one of the dumbest questions i have ever heard


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: DF2K]
    #3884216 - 03/07/05 09:38 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

you just haven't ever gotten a cord that does this, you're lucky.


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: Ythan]
    #3884906 - 03/07/05 11:45 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Ythan...

If you were member # 2...

Who was # 1??  :confused:


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: question_for_joo]
    #3884986 - 03/07/05 11:56 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Its magnetic fields created by the electrical circuit that cause it to twist and tangle.  This could be avoided if they used more copper in the cables to wrap around them to cancel out the fields....

I have no idea.... :shrug: 

Lack of proper care and maintenance.


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: Boom]
    #3885058 - 03/08/05 12:08 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

The built-in administrative account. :smile:


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: Ythan]
    #3885069 - 03/08/05 12:11 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Oooh :thumbup:


Good call


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: question_for_joo]
    #3885257 - 03/08/05 01:17 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

it's because they get twisted around. if you hold one end, and let the other end dangle, while running your fingers down the wire it will untwist them.


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: question_for_joo]
    #3885293 - 03/08/05 01:27 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

It's because they're mating.... :shiftyeyes:


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: DF2K]
    #3886163 - 03/08/05 07:19 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

> no offesne, but that is one of the dumbest questions i have ever heard

Some of the coolest discoveries have been found by people asking the dumbest questions ever heard.

* Why did my chocolate candy bar melt?
+ Microwave oven

* Why do coffee rings form?
+ New way to apply paint

... etc ...

Sometimes the behavior behind something as trivial as extension cords that tangle can lead to wonderous discoveries...


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: Seuss]
    #3886993 - 03/08/05 01:23 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Wrapped up and twisted is a cords "natural" state.


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: funkymonk]
    #3887075 - 03/08/05 01:48 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

funkymonk said:
it's because they get twisted around. if you hold one end, and let the other end dangle, while running your fingers down the wire it will untwist them.




Twist plus writhe is a constant. A twisted cord writhes.


Edit: Ythan has the practical solution, though.


Edited by phi1618 (03/08/05 01:53 PM)


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: question_for_joo]
    #3887092 - 03/08/05 01:56 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Being an audio engineer, I use a lot of cables. I'm too burned out now to go on a rant, which any competent audio engineer will also be well versed in, about gnarled, mangled, strangling, butt-munching, ass-engulfing, erm, well... cables. All I can say is that the only way to prevent them from doing that is to keep them in a factory sealed package and even that doesn't always work. Second to that, when you store them use an over-under technique for rolling them. I can't find a link that describes it but it's really simple although impossible to explain correctly in text. Ask someone you know who rigs stages. The other thing is that, when using them, fasten them down in as many places as possible to prevent the wire from rotating inside it's sheathing -- this is more important at the ends. An unsecured, straight cable, wound around the back of the stage completely out of anyone's way, for a 4-hour gig is capable of unimaginable sins which I will spare you from by not describing them here...

Oh, I hear dinner calling.
*Thinking happy thoughts...*


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: ChuangTzu]
    #3900398 - 03/11/05 12:16 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

they have metal inside which isnt as flexible as plastic, so the outside bends more than the inside


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: Jim]
    #20464236 - 08/23/14 01:42 PM (2 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

Jim said:
Its magnetic fields created by the electrical circuit that cause it to twist and tangle.  This could be avoided if they used more copper in the cables to wrap around them to cancel out the fields....




You win the thread.


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: Seuss]
    #20464256 - 08/23/14 01:48 PM (2 years, 3 months ago)

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> no offesne, but that is one of the dumbest questions i have ever heard

Some of the coolest discoveries have been found by people asking the dumbest questions ever heard.

* Why did my chocolate candy bar melt?
+ Microwave oven

* Why do coffee rings form?
+ New way to apply paint

... etc ...

Sometimes the behavior behind something as trivial as extension cords that tangle can lead to wonderous discoveries...




Thank you for this response! If you honestly think this is a dumb question then you need to step out of your box and realize how much of this world you are missing out on. Interesting truths of science take place in everything, even in places yet undiscovered (to the unseeing, or naked eye), and even in the little things that we daily take for granted.


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: salindig]
    #20490184 - 08/28/14 08:31 PM (2 years, 3 months ago)

I don't think you understood his reply


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Re: why do cords wrap themselves and twist up? [Re: question_for_joo]
    #20527497 - 09/06/14 10:33 AM (2 years, 2 months ago)

why do cords wrap themselves and twist up

Newton's little-known fourth law.

Every cord in a state of uniform twist tends to remain in that state unless an external person acts on it, at which time it will approach a state of infinite twist.

:hehehe:


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