Pro Tip: How to Coil Cable

Taught By:

Jon Salmon


Key Grip Dominic D'Astice goes over how the grip & electric department properly wraps cable.

Lesson Plan

Properly taking care of your equipment is especially important when it comes to anything that handles electricity.

Start by holding the end plug (or the "hubbell") in your non dominant hand. Since Dom is right-handed, he holds the plug in his left. Then, measuring out a section of cable about arms length, Dom pinches the cable with his right hand, and twists it in the same direction that he uses to wrap the cable into a circle. In this case, clockwise.

Important to note: most grip & electric departments use this repeating loop method, however many camera and audio departments prefer the over/under method for video and audio cables. Keep an eye out for that tutorial later on!

Most cables have a "memory" to them. You can feel the direction the cable will want to go. Cables that have been well-cared for will have a very easy, predictable memory. Poorly-cared for cables will not.

You know when a cable has been coiled properly when you can toss the end out to its full length across the floor, and no knots or loops remain in the cable.

Coiling your cable properly helps it have a much longer life, makes it easier to store safely, and helps you avoid potentially harmful or dangerous damage that could cause the cable to short out or accidentally shock someone.

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