Hot answers tagged

22 votes

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 ...
Hobbes's user avatar
  • 6,304
17 votes

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 ...
Tetsujin's user avatar
  • 2,231
10 votes

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 ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
8 votes

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....
Chenmunka's user avatar
  • 1,855
7 votes

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 ...
Elmy's user avatar
  • 2,996
6 votes

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 ...
Stephie's user avatar
  • 3,255
5 votes
Accepted

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 ...
iProgram's user avatar
  • 439
5 votes

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 ...
Linda's user avatar
  • 231
5 votes

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 ...
Tetsujin's user avatar
  • 2,231
5 votes

Prevent cables of kitchen appliances from breaking when you coil them

Coil the cable separately (not around the appliance). You might try using a Velcro-like "hook and loop" tie on the cable to keep it wound. Use Over/Under Coiling so that it unwinds without any twists. ...
vincent gravitas's user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

How to prevent cables getting intertwined

A) yes. When you roll up a cable, there is only one state where it unrolls perfectly versus lots of states where it is tangled, and a loose cable easily moves between states. This also means you can'...
Hobbes's user avatar
  • 6,304
4 votes
Accepted

Colouring electrical wire

Are the electrical light sockets also colored? If they're then I would guess they would be made of a different material than the wire insulation. So the dye may work for one and not the other. I don't ...
Patrick's user avatar
  • 56
4 votes

How to reattach headphone cables that have separated

If the connector is not too large, you can use heatshrink sleeve. You need a sleeve with a diameter large enough that you can slide it over the connector, and small enough that it will be a tight fit ...
Hobbes's user avatar
  • 6,304
4 votes
Accepted

Organising chargers for cordless devices

Buy inexpensive zipper-type gallon storage bags. Put one cord in each bag. On the outside of each bag, slap a piece of duct tape, and write the name of the cord on the duct tape ("hair clippers" or "...
BrettFromLA's user avatar
  • 11.6k
3 votes

How to turn a rotated cable back to the right orientation?

Move everything to its new position. Unplug one end of one USB cable. Gently pinch the other end of the flat cable between two of your fingers. Slide your fingers to the far end of the cable to keep ...
BrettFromLA's user avatar
  • 11.6k
3 votes

Organise cables which often need to be replugged on the wall

A quick hack is to tie the cables to each other. Whichever is plugged in will hold the other. No need to retie them when swapping plug (the knot stays).
pseyfert's user avatar
  • 415
3 votes

How to prevent HDMI cable from coming loose

I find a (very) small drop of Screwlock will hold a plug in place. Screwlock is intended to stop screws coming loose in applications where they are subject to a lot of flexing, such as those that ...
Chenmunka's user avatar
  • 1,855
3 votes

How do you stop headphone wires from breaking?

Use zip-ties across a loop at each end to prevent tugging. These cables fail because of tugging and bad rubber on the wires. The bad rubber will now not tear, and tugging at the weakest spot is not ...
user400344's user avatar
3 votes

How to turn a rotated cable back to the right orientation?

Computer cable preparation and maintenance When the cables are new, use a permanent felt-tip marker to mark the connector, cable relief, and a bit of the cable with a narrow continuous stripe. Mark ...
Stan's user avatar
  • 14.2k
3 votes

How to reinforce or protect USB-C cable from connector damage

Get a wireless charging case that fits the phone (similar to the one pictured below). This will allow you to protect the phone while also charging it wirelessly so that if it gets knocked, the ...
SurpriseDog's user avatar
  • 1,112
3 votes

How to reinforce or protect USB-C cable from connector damage

Use a magnetic USB-C connector, like the one in the image. However, the phone itself may still crack if it is repeatedly knocked off. Perhaps the cable / connector was what kept your phone safe until ...
virolino's user avatar
  • 2,640
3 votes

How to prevent cables getting intertwined

ZIP lock bag Put the mouse in a different compartment, or get a (zip lock (or any other)) bag and put the mouse in it. This is how I organize various chargers and stuff in drawers.
Cano64's user avatar
  • 349
2 votes

Prevent cables and wires from twisting

It's not a good idea to coil power cables. Coiling power cables creates a magnetic field. The more turns and the tighter (neater) the cable is, the stronger the magnetic field. Data cables have ...
Stan's user avatar
  • 14.2k
2 votes

Fixing a micro usb socket.

I have known people who may have dropped their devices while plugged in to have this problem. What sometimes happens is the plug will put pressure on the port and bend the support tab away from the ...
Thomas Fisher Fish1552's user avatar
2 votes
Accepted

Fastest way to untangle headphones

Untangling When it's tangled, be patient and push loose ends towards the knots instead of pulling on a knotted piece. Or if you have a pin, use that to loosen the knots Prevention without extra ...
Rob Audenaerde's user avatar
2 votes

removing corrosion on the contacts of an Apple USB-to-Lightning cable

So I had the same problem but didn't realize it I took a closer look at the usb cord I have - it looked very much like the photos above but a little scummier. So I took an ordinary staple, out of my ...
Peeved apple customer's user avatar
2 votes

Hacky way to keep micro USB firmly in place?

I've solved a similar issue using Sugru and lego men :) they had a nice guide here https://sugru.com/tech-gadget/how-to-organise-your-cables-with-lego-minifigures You could also just use the glue to ...
Kevin C Jones's user avatar
2 votes

Hacky way to keep micro USB firmly in place?

I've used micro USB right-angle extensions to keep the connection secure. It works because a light amount of tension on the USB cord ends up rotating the male end of the plug ever so slightly inside ...
Justin Brown's user avatar
2 votes

How to prevent HDMI cable from coming loose

Get a HDMI extension, connect one end to the back of the TV, securing it with black tape so it won't disconnect easily, and stick the other end firmly to an easily reachable part of the TV, such as it'...
Paulo Amaral's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible