Don’t rip open the plastic wrapper on your spool of cable. Instead, lift a handful of coils from the center of the roll and lay them on the floor. Four loops equal about 12 ft. Following this method helps decrease tangles and keeps the cable contained for easier transporting and storage. If you plan to use all of the cable, just carefully unroll the entire spool across the floor (as if it were a garden hose) to steer clear of kinks, curls or twists in the cable. Cables that span stud spaces or ceiling joists are in continuous risk of nicks and cuts, and it’s too appealing to use the cables for tucking, hanging or trapping all kinds of toys and tools.