What If Extension Cords Were Sold Like This?

  • Published on Jun 22, 2018
  • Today we're taking a boring old extension cord to the next level. Does your cord tangle easily? Is your cord frayed at the plug? Not anymore!
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  • The King of Random
    The King of Random  10 months ago +75

    Guys thanks for your comments! You caught that we used a 3 amp switch on this cord, which limits it's use to applications under 3 amps. This was an oversight and we're working to get it corrected. In the meantime, if you want to use power tools that draw a higher current, change it out for a 15 to 20 amp switch and you should be good.

    • Jake S
      Jake S 6 months ago

      We call the way you wrapped the cord "over and under" at my work.

    • ForrestBob
      ForrestBob 6 months ago +1

      So, what's actually the difference?

    • Casper Randominator
      Casper Randominator 8 months ago

      Because he always wears gloves.

  • Corina Arredondo
    Corina Arredondo 2 months ago

    Make a battery powered little car

  • Florian Rinner
    Florian Rinner 2 months ago

    Before this video I got a comertial about extension cords
    -greetings from Austria

  • When its Tech
    When its Tech 3 months ago

    Amazing video thanks for sharing video

  • twig Hahn
    twig Hahn 4 months ago

    I like using a one foot cable with a 50 amp switch in it between my long cable and the items I need to turn on and off. I also made what I call a cat of nine tails cable with 50 amp switches. But for that you will have to wait for the video. Shalom

  • Keith Olson
    Keith Olson 5 months ago

    FWIW, you should wrap the switch with transparent self-fusing silicone tape to waterproof it.

  • gideon rainey
    gideon rainey 6 months ago

    or you could live in Britain where we have switches on every single plug

  • ForrestBob
    ForrestBob 6 months ago +1

    5:23 What on earth did you eat, Nate?

  • Stikk
    Stikk 7 months ago

    I would have just installed the switch on the lamp's cord

  • Jennifer Rissetti
    Jennifer Rissetti 7 months ago

    also works with hoses..

  • Highlight City
    Highlight City 8 months ago

    What does rndm stand for

  • Efren Flores
    Efren Flores 8 months ago

    A metal handy box with a light switch will do way better than this little tiny white switch

  • dirk heberle
    dirk heberle 8 months ago +1

    I wish we had the old king of random

  • Jjj Kkk
    Jjj Kkk 8 months ago

    The method for coiling the cable up and the use of Velcro ties are both sensible. The bodge with the spring is not, it’ll eventually chafe the cord and potentially become live, or cause a short circuit. And that inline switch is not only too low a current rating, but also nowhere near mechanically robust enough for this purpose. It’s not watertight and it’s made of weak, brittle plastic.

  • Valentín Rodríguez
    Valentín Rodríguez 8 months ago

    Kudos for knowing how to use a file correctly 😎

  • Erwin Kuehne III
    Erwin Kuehne III 8 months ago

    Why not just put the switch on the light????

  • Rev_dude
    Rev_dude 8 months ago


  • Dilien Miller
    Dilien Miller 8 months ago

    Seems to me the same can be done with a apple phone charger keeping the end from splitting away.

  • scoobtoober29
    scoobtoober29 8 months ago

    I love the roadie wrap.
    Everything else is not recommended by my amature though process.
    Strain relief can easily come loose and poke into the socket or poke the wire. Very very bad. Just triple up on the heat shrink wrap if you cut the cord for a switch. I'd suggest getting a GFCI add on if you do any mods. Use an outdoor metal box with water tight cord grips and outdoor water switch cover. DO NOT USE THAT SWITCH. I see you said not to below.

  • Casper Randominator
    Casper Randominator 8 months ago

    you should do these modifications with a phone cable, at least three amp switch, spring from a pen

  • Knappy
    Knappy 8 months ago

    When Halo 2 came out in 2004 I was 11 years old. I got the idea to put a light switch on my Ethernet cable as a on/off switch so I could host standby. It worked great.
    I was 11 at the time... I do not condone cheating.

  • Slade The Original
    Slade The Original 8 months ago

    Goes without saying, but I wish you emphasized the cord be UNPLUGGED while cutting or modifying it.

  • Shih Fan Lucy Chen
    Shih Fan Lucy Chen 9 months ago

    Is it possible to use the Roadie wrap on other cords besides extension cords? ie headphones, long USB cables etc. small-scale stuff.

  • Josh Hagen
    Josh Hagen 9 months ago

    Should use fabric tape instead of for automotive wire harnesses instead of electrical tape, electrical tape gets gooey when heated. Available off Amazon, I bought a kit with 3 rolls and shrink tubing for 20 bucks

  • Catfish Cave
    Catfish Cave 9 months ago

    Almost 10 M subscribers and I just discovered you - how have I missed you!? Subscribed!!!
    And nice video/extension cord!!

  • cxdr
    cxdr 9 months ago +1

    Rip waterproof extension cable.

  • Bailey Walker
    Bailey Walker 9 months ago

    should have used heat shrink instead of electrical tape

  • Róbert Allen
    Róbert Allen 9 months ago

    rodies did not invent this methid, fishermen have been doing this for hundreds of years

  • Michael Mitchell
    Michael Mitchell 9 months ago

    I like it all except the switch. If I was going to do that, I would just wire up a box with plug ends to chain in.

  • Vinamra Lama
    Vinamra Lama 9 months ago

    Do the same kind of video with headphones

  • Leon de Blaes
    Leon de Blaes 9 months ago

    Is it possible to ad a dimmer to this? I’d like to make a studio lamp and I want to be able to choose the brightness.

  • james casey
    james casey 9 months ago

    Dangerous video in most States now OSHA won't even let you use a extension cord if it has any electrical tape on it and sorry this video can get someone killed installing a switch on an extension cord.

  • Eddy de Laurot
    Eddy de Laurot 9 months ago

    A switch is utterly useless, just unplug it DUH.

  • DigitalEkho
    DigitalEkho 9 months ago +1

    you show us all these techniques but cant use tape correctly

  • CreeperTheKing Creeper
    CreeperTheKing Creeper 9 months ago


  • Pepe's bodega
    Pepe's bodega 9 months ago

    Couldn't the switch be bad if u put alot of amp through the cable? Like burn up bad?

  • Hans-Petter Fjeld
    Hans-Petter Fjeld 9 months ago

    Would be nice if you remembered to tell people to twist the bare copper strings before screwing them into the switch connectors. It makes for a more durable connection. I saw you did it, but you did not mention it.

  • Adam Kaiser
    Adam Kaiser 9 months ago

    This is called over under technique usually

  • LSX_ moe
    LSX_ moe 9 months ago

    What about us idiots that rip the earth terminal off of them? Whats your solution for that?

  • Justin Buser
    Justin Buser 9 months ago

    I did this while my cord was plugged so now you'll be hearing from my lawyer so you can pay for everything you've caused.

  • Aaron Tackett
    Aaron Tackett 9 months ago

    That coiling method is also known as "Over Under".

  • A Group of Penguins
    A Group of Penguins 9 months ago

    I learned the tangle free method through television media arts in high school. It's very useful for long cords.

  • Jesús Núñez
    Jesús Núñez 9 months ago

    Make the patted arrows compatible with the crossbow

  • Jayden Lawson
    Jayden Lawson 9 months ago

    Should've shown the old figure of 8 loop when attaching the lamp to the extension cord - which prevents the cables disconnecting when accidentally pulled.

  • Travis Coleman
    Travis Coleman 9 months ago

    Great hack guys. Thanks.

  • SlightlyCrookedWorkshop

    I don't see adding a switch to an extension cord going badly for anyone.

  • Christian Lucatino
    Christian Lucatino 9 months ago

    The switch you installed seems like it’s way to wimpy for the extension cord

  • Jaspev
    Jaspev 9 months ago

    Why is he wearing gloves?

  • Carl
    Carl 9 months ago

    I have a ring attached to my extension cord so i can just twist a handle and it will roll up

  • Anna Prataj
    Anna Prataj 9 months ago

    The cord-wrapping method is also known as “zeroing” Its often used in theatre as well!

  • Cooper Beesley
    Cooper Beesley 9 months ago

    The kings of random.

  • ArchMadness
    ArchMadness 9 months ago

    make sure the cord is plugged in before you start to install the switch!

    LAESU DAN 9 months ago

    they whould be TWICE more expensive 😜😜😜😂😂👊👊 thats why

  • lilgamerjoe
    lilgamerjoe 9 months ago

    Are you guys all unlicensed electricians ready to burn a structure to the ground?! strap in, this is the video for YOU!

  • Tobi H.
    Tobi H. 9 months ago

    Oh man where are the ferrules while you tighten your screws?

  • James Collins
    James Collins 9 months ago

    Why not put the switch on the lamp instead?

  • kye burkert
    kye burkert 9 months ago

    Why doesn't the usa just put switches on their sockets like the uk??...

  • Akshay Wadekar YT
    Akshay Wadekar YT 9 months ago

    waiting for electroboom to make another debunk video...😂😂

  • Jemino Wayde
    Jemino Wayde 9 months ago

    On the internet, everyone's an electrician.

  • Alex Densmore
    Alex Densmore 9 months ago

    Now it's not waterproof

  • dontworryitsmesarah
    dontworryitsmesarah 9 months ago

    under-over for dAYS!!! thank u technical theatre for teaching me how to correctly coil cables

  • k9andthedr
    k9andthedr 9 months ago

    The cable coiling technique used is called 'over under'

  • Wade Seth
    Wade Seth 9 months ago

    As soon as you cut the sheath/jacketing you have modified the cord and it can no longer be used on a job site. If the OSHA person sees this you will receive a large fine. The switch used was also not rated for the same amperage as the cord. Modifying an extension cord in this manner is likely to cause an electrical injury (possibly death) to the user or start a fire.

  • Jason Wilson
    Jason Wilson 9 months ago

    Not a fan of the switch 3 amp is a little small for most power tools if you ever want to use that cord for anything other than a lamp and it's going to be a pain to clean

  • Cohen DeCort
    Cohen DeCort 9 months ago


  • Tom Alexander
    Tom Alexander 9 months ago

    Very cool! I know what I’ll be doing to my extension cords!!

  • Christian O.
    Christian O. 9 months ago

    You should collaborate with Scotty from strange parts, Alot of similar interests. He could have helped here :P

  • Jennifer Eisenberg
    Jennifer Eisenberg 9 months ago

    I wonder if that spring reinforcement method works on an apple cords just with smaller springs? Cause I like go through 1 ever few months.

  • 76gmcjimmyable
    76gmcjimmyable 9 months ago

    It's actually called a "lariat roll" commonly used in horse wrangling with a lasso.

  • Alex Law
    Alex Law 9 months ago

    An LED or Neon indicator is useful. Two on a switched lead, one showing chord is powered the other showing the end socket is live. Also if you splice in a switch on a work chord, use some heat shrink and cable ties to make a strain relief.

  • Zach Martin
    Zach Martin 9 months ago

    Rip xtension cord

  • globulas
    globulas 10 months ago

    Why is this not PULLED my RUclip as its dangerous showing the wrong 3 AMP switch!! .. Some peopl will follow this and may end up dead!! .. Well done for educating us all on how NOT to do this correct!

  • Louis Copechal
    Louis Copechal 10 months ago

    Should have put the switch on the light cord instead. This way you don't have to worry about tossing your extension cord around with a bustable switch.

  • TheNoobs
    TheNoobs 10 months ago

    Make a machine that makes extension cords lie the rope maker

  • Matthew Pugh
    Matthew Pugh 10 months ago

    We learned the "roadie wrap" in boy scouts as a way to prepare a rope for throwing (for a water rescue or other emergency purpose.)

  • T3Kgamer
    T3Kgamer 10 months ago

    3a 120v is not enough for some devices. Of course if the cord can only handle 3a then it doesn't matter

  • T3Kgamer
    T3Kgamer 10 months ago

    How hard would a diy pair of pliers be. Like cast and assembly?

  • Napert360ggTGpl
    Napert360ggTGpl 10 months ago

    Give this man a darvin award and let him put it next to crazyrussianhackers darvin award

  • my mom is gay, but
    my mom is gay, but 10 months ago

    perfect for nightlites

  • BatmanJesus 4444
    BatmanJesus 4444 10 months ago

    Why would you need a switch

  • alex guariglia
    alex guariglia 10 months ago

    oh boy, you better only use that extension cord for a light, cause you draw more than 3 amps and that pretty little switch is gonna pop....

  • No Body
    No Body 10 months ago

    What happens if you mix thermite with liquid nitrogen will it still ignit

  • No Body
    No Body 10 months ago

    What happens if you mix liquid nitrogen and rocket fuel and gunpowder

  • Mtaalas
    Mtaalas 10 months ago

    We call those kind of switches in Finland as "Naurunappula" meaning "laugh-button"... when someone presses that accidentally, there's laughing... (not! it's sarcasm)... because they're so inconvenient and easily pressed accidentally. Otherwise it's a nice set of mods :)

    MrGRUVES 10 months ago

    Awesome idea with adding the switch to an extension cord!
    What is the best way to go about water-proofing the switch?

  • Robert Pirlot
    Robert Pirlot 10 months ago

    I love to watch these people give other bad advice. Nothing like Burning your house down.

  • G S
    G S 10 months ago

    dont' F*** with electricity pleas!

  • Cal Kelly
    Cal Kelly 10 months ago

    Kiiiiiiiinda did the wrap wrong, should be able to never let go with your right hand to really get it up to roadie / studio speed ;)

  • KennyMinigun
    KennyMinigun 10 months ago

    BTW, in Europe we use different coloring scheme for wires, so for the black Phase wire (in US) the corresponding color (in Europe) is the brown one.

  • HighQuad
    HighQuad 10 months ago

    King of Electrical Fires

  • Christopher Collins
    Christopher Collins 10 months ago

    Lol all the electricians cringing with the 3A switch.
    Also Isn't 15A a little small for a 120V extension cord? I use double the voltage on mine with near the same amps. 230V at 16A.
    Just to explain what I mean there. The lower the voltage the more amps an appliance pulls.
    So my pc is 700W. That is 230V at 3A. At 120V it'll be pulling 6A.
    The average kettle is 3000W which at 120V is 25A.

  • Christopher Collins
    Christopher Collins 10 months ago

    On the plus side Im going to start teaching my apprentices how to role cable that way. Awesome vid. Keep em comming.
    PS Make beer next!

  • Samael1410
    Samael1410 10 months ago

    Instead of using electrical tape it's better to use heat shrink tube if it's possible to take off plug before wrapping with spring.

  • jmolesworth
    jmolesworth 10 months ago

    If you want to put an on off switch on your extension cord, use a dual throw switch. A DPST switch, and make sure it’s correctly rated for the current (AMPs) in your area.

  • Diy genes
    Diy genes 10 months ago

    I would put the switch on the lamp itself!

  • Fedor Gromov
    Fedor Gromov 10 months ago

    but did anyone notice he wrapped the velcro the wrong way?

  • Dominic Victoria
    Dominic Victoria 10 months ago

    You all forgot how he was explaining which wire to cut. Black? What if that was the ground.

  • Al-Bader Bu-Hamad
    Al-Bader Bu-Hamad 10 months ago

    It's been so long since you made an actual project instead of liquid nitrogen and other bs

  • Electronic HatefulTV
    Electronic HatefulTV 10 months ago

    I will buy it

  • Atom
    Atom 10 months ago

    I cord is a piece of rope btw, its called a cable