Monthly Archives: September 2014

Wrapping earbuds

Coiling (or wrapping) earbuds seems to be a no-brainer. I used to wrap the earbud wires around my fingers in a circular coil. At the end of the wrap, I’d give a little slack and wrap that around the circular coil to keep the coil from unraveling.

There are two problems to this technique.

  1. There is a chance of becoming knotted when unwound
    • this can easily happen when one of the working ends gets fed into one of the circular coils
  2. The cinching of the circular coil can cause issues with the wires of the earbuds
    • the tight loops can cause the earbud wire to unwind like a pig’s tail (little curls where the tight loops were located)
    • damage to the internal wire causing one or both buds to stop working
    • the wires connected to the jack can become loose; again resulting in one or both buds failing

To tackle the first problem requires finding the right coiling method. Google search results showed the figure-8 coil to be effective and efficient. I’ve used this method for months. But I still secured the coiled earbuds with multiple tight loops and some half-hitches thrown in.

When wrapping the rubber band on itself for a single pass is called a lark’s head (cow hitch). Wrapping it an additional time is a prusik hitch (prusik knot).

I had to find another solution to locking/securing the fig-8 coil:

* This second video shows an updated way of applying the rubber band to the fig-8 coil: