Mounted Dock Cleats Can Wrap Up Long, Heavy Cords

Mounted Dock Cleats Can Wrap Up Long, Heavy Cords

Taryn Williford
Apr 21, 2011

It's getting warmer out, and everyone's inspired to move their indoor activities outside. We're seeing outdoor theater and speaker-blasting block party plans pop up everywhere. If you're planning on some outdoor tech fun, don't forget about wrangling your wires. Here's a multi-purpose hack that might help you.

Why deal with a mess of heavy orange cords out on the deck? Instead, sweep them up onto the wall and coil them around a maritime rope-wrangling staple. Dock cleats, the metal hooks mounted to docks that allow sailors to tie their boats down, do just as great at controlling cords as it does rope.

Just mount one on to the wall (you can get them online, at an outdoor sporting store, or even at your local home & hardware haunt), then use it to catch your excess cord slack by wrapping wires around. If the nautical look isn't your cup of tea, you can always mimic the utility of dock cleats using a pair of IKEA BLECKA wall hooks (just flip one the other way around and position them next to one another).

This tip won't help much with your earbud wires or your laptop's just-a-bit-too-long power cord. But if you're looking for a way to wrangle in some serious cord slack—like the waterproof wires of an outdoor sound system or a few heavy-duty extension cords for your projector—it's worth a try. via Lifehacker

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