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How can I keep cables from falling off of desks when unplugged?

Using Binder Clips: Using Paper Clip: Using toilet paper roll: Some cables are one time use and may be does't required to be plugged in always. In these cases we can remove from the socket and ...
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How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

This video shows a nifty little trick for this, and is probably better than explaining it in words, but I'll try anyway: Hold the cable out straight in front of you, with the ear buds by your right ...
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Prevent cables of kitchen appliances from breaking when you coil them

You're rolling them too tightly. Cables have a minimum bending radius: get below this radius and you damage the cable. Make loops that are at least 10 cm in diameter. This also applies to the bend ...
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How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

I find it quickest while still being effective to do the following: Hold the headphones at the plug side Line two or three fingers up next to each other (it determines how small of a loop you'll ...
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removing corrosion on the contacts of an Apple USB-to-Lightning cable

Use a pencil eraser. People have been cleaning electrical contacts with pencil erasers for as long as there have been contacts that needed cleaning. Some examples... One thing to note - those ...
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How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

Methods I use with quotes from Lifehacker.com Wrap them around your device: Wrap the earbuds or Headphones around a the device. I wrap my earbuds around my MP3 player and that keeps them not tangled. ...
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How can I keep my desktop computer's cables neat?

One idea is to use the paper clips to organise your cables. To know which item uses which cable, use bread tags to put a label at both ends of every wire and cable. If you're looking for more ...
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Prevent cables and wires from twisting

The simple answer is to untangle them and be careful when adding and removing cables. When you first plug everything in, make sure the cables aren't crossed. Move from left to right or top to bottom. ...
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How can I keep a USB mini 2.0 (or other) cable from tearing?

The connection between the wire and the connector is a very high-stress area, so the degree of flex the wire experiences at that point is substantial. Better-quality cables will typically include a ...
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How do you stop headphone wires from breaking?

I use cheapish Sony earbuds - great sound, but they tend to break every couple of years because the soldering inside the earbuds is pretty shoddy. Here's a quick summary of all the advice I've found ...
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Cable organisation when travelling

You mentioned using clear plastic bags for your cables. I've been doing this for years. I use one cable per bag, to prevent tangling. (It works even better if you leave the ends sticking out of the ...
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How can I keep cables from falling off of desks when unplugged?

Here's the strategy I've been using so far: Get a large bulldog clip and clip it onto the desk edge. Pull one of the silver arms up, slip your cable through the larger gap in the middle towards the ...
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How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

Storing and retrieving made fast: Storing: hold the cord just above the earbuds (yes, we are working upside down) with your hand clenched to a fist wrap the cord around your hand until about 5 ...
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How do I stop my cables from getting tangled inside my box?

If you have some empty tubes, you can store each cable inside the tube by keeping them separated. In example you can use inner cardboard tube from kitchen roll, wrapping paper or toilet paper. Image ...
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How to prevent cables getting intertwined

Firstly, yes there is a cosmic law that covers cable entanglement... or at least there are papers that propose one. Such papers do concentrate on cables under a desk becoming spontaneously entangled....
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How to strip coating off of wires without a wire stripper

Another option I didn't say is simply to pinch the wire between the thumbnail and index finger and pull. The insulation will tear and will not damage the wire inside. Sometimes it helps to chafe the ...
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Using binder clips to hold cables

You're right, I don't think there IS a right-size clip for this. I have an 18mm desktop too and the medium-sized clip (32mm wide) won't fit. If it DID fit, the lever part would be too big for most ...
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How to reinforce or protect USB-C cable from connector damage

Hang the phone up so it can't be knocked down. Here's a short YouTube video with very simple instructions. You cut the top of an empty plastic bottle (from lotion, shampoo, household cleaners or ...
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Is it possible to make stiff cables and wires flexible again?

There are products called rubber rejuvenators. I believe they include solvents and oily plasticisers that try to correct for what may have been lost over the years. They are often used on magnetic ...
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How do you stop headphone wires from breaking?

Take the spring out of a clicky-top ballpoint pen and twist it around the jack end of the cable to prevent extreme bending. I first saw this on Crazy Russian Hacker. Video link from youtube
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How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

Wrap them in a figure-8 pattern like this: http://lifehacker.com/152499/keep-headphone-wires-from-getting-tangled Here is a description of the process: With your right hand make devil horns (third ...
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How can I hide a cable from a lamp in my room

Use surface wiring. Run the wire through the ceiling and/or wall; it's not difficult, in most cases, but should be inspected by an electrician if you do it yourself. Conceal it with something such as ...
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How to make an ethernet cable with a broken clip usable?

Not sure if this is considered buying a new cable: I would cut off the old plug and crimp on a new one. The connectors are dirt cheap, but the crimping tool can be expensive, so you'll want to borrow ...
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removing corrosion on the contacts of an Apple USB-to-Lightning cable

Soak it in distilled white vinegar for a few minutes. Vinegar can be used to remove corrosion. Dip the end of the corroded cable in a small amount of distilled white vinegar for a few minutes. If the ...
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How to prevent plugged-in vacuum cleaner cord from getting tangled?

If a non-accessible power outlet is the only option you have, I recommend you invest in a short extension cord, just long enough to reach from the original outlet to the floor (to allow the plugged ...
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How to make an ethernet cable with a broken clip usable?

You always have the option of using gaffa or duct tape to fasten it, and if you don't want to fasten it in the computer end then simply reverse the cable. If you don't like using tape on the cable, ...
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Fastest way to untangle headphones

In the 5th grade I had the same problem. So did half my class so our teacher showed us a way. All you have to do is wrap the headphones around your hand then when you take them off tie some sturdy ...
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How to prevent HDMI cable from coming loose

This is an adaptation of my own answer on Ask Different, for a similar circumstance. One way to alleviate the pulling action is to try to get the cable pointing in a better natural direction between ...
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How to prevent HDMI cable from coming loose

The way how I have fixed the problem is to use blue tack. What I done was wrap blue tack around the HDMI cable so it was sticking out slightly, after that I then pushed the HDMI into the TV port and ...
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