I loop it the length of my arm span and then and then some. I count three wraps and then start stacking the loops. I try to leave enough cord at the end to tightly coil around the top of the loop and then bring the other end around and plug them in.
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A guy at my church used to be in the Navy. When I help with setup, he insists I roll the cords the Navy way. It's hard to explain without showing, but you make a loop, and then the next loop gets rolled with a backhand maneuver. Basically the second loop counters the coiling effect of the first loop. Trade back and forth as you roll the cord. The Navy requires ropes to be rolled this way so you can hold one end, and then throw the rest and it will uncoil as it flies through the air. It works pretty well. I don't use it on my cord because I was duped into buying a cheap cord that claimed it was rated for extremely low temps. I could pull it out right now and it would hold its coils. Anyway, the key is the cord has to limp for this to work well. Although I might add, it has worked great on my air hose in the garage.
I do five foot coils starting at the female end. I have a piece of solid wire about a foot and a half long twisted around the cord at the male end. I just wrap it around the coil and hang it on a hook. The solid wire doubles as a way of tying the cord to a surface mounted box to keep it from falling out of the worn out receptacle. By having the wire at the male end I just untwist it, plug in the cord, tying it in place if possible, and unwind the cord in reverse of how I coiled it up. No tangles that way, been working well for many years.
Drill a 1-1/8" hole about an inch off the bottom, feed the male end from the inside of the pail to the outside and leave about 3-5', so it can reach an outlet. I drill the hole about half way between the hinge points along the bottom radius. I cut a notch above the hole in the top rim (vertical) about 1/2 " wide down about 1 " then I make another 1/2" notch Horizontal) at the bottom (of it) at a right angle over about 1/2to 1" so to form an "L" I coil the rest of the cord into the bucket. I secure the unused male end up the side and slide it into the notch where it usually locks into the L. Just lift by the handle and walk away!!
When you want to use the cord move the handle lift the male end out of the notch plug it in and walk out the length you need, what you do not need can stay in the bucket.
Ironworkers use a similar set up to keep their lines free.
Extension cord?? whats that , I use cordless for most everything and just keep buying more batteries. When I have to use a cord I just chuck in the back cause no matter what I do its a tangled mess when I go to use it again