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How to Straighten a Power Cord

Updated April 17, 2017

Many common appliances are powered by electricity, usually connected from the appliance to an electricity supply by a cord. Hair dryers, irons, electric razors and more are usually powered this way. The cords can be easily jumbled with multiple uses, so it is important to straighten them regularly to avoid unnecessary entanglement.

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  1. Unplug all electronics from their power supply.

  2. Find the end of the cord with the plug and loosen it from the rest of the cord with your fingers. Push the end of the cord through any loops it is knotted with to unwind the knots. Loosen knots with a screwdriver if your fingers cannot reach between loops when untangling.

  3. Untangle all knots for the length of the cord.

  4. Pull the cord straight to insure any knots and kinks have been removed.

  5. Tip

    Purchase a straight power cord to avoid entanglement. Straight power cords lay flat on the ground and will not tangle as easily because of their wide, rectangular shape.

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Things You'll Need

  • Power cord
  • Screwdriver

About the Author

Simone Watts has written for television, radio and print titles including "SPIN" and "Village Voice" since 2004. Based in New York City, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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