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Forum topic by bhacksaw posted 05-16-2016 03:20 PM 336 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2016 03:20 PM

My “workshop” is a carport that I wheel and my machinery in an out of from a nearby shed. I take almost obsessive pleasure out of keeping my extension cords trained and un-kinked. So it’s very disappointing that the power cords for almost every tool i own come immediately ruined out of the box. Not only do you have kinks from where the cords are folded, but also a warp in the middle from where the twist-tie strangles them. Try as i might, i can never unwarp them to look like the lovely loops of my extension cords. Any advice on this?

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 03:25 PM

Iron them? Buy cordless? Replace cords? Don’t worry about it as long as tools work as designed?

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 03:27 PM

Replace cords with longer ones. Then you don’t need extension cords for each tool.

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 03:30 PM

Some cut off the cords a few inches from the tool and install a new plug. As long as you are using an extension cord, problem solved. Those cords that come with the tools are usually too short anyway. I would make up a set of extension cords of say 10’ and 15’ long.

ste6168; Cutting the cord short with a new plug is a lot easier than replacing the cord with a longer one. Replacing the cord means taking the tool apart; not a good idea.

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 05:04 PM

Most cords are made of thermoplastic insulation. This plastic will take a “set” with time and temperature. To back out that set will require an equal amount of time and temperature. String them out straight in the hot sun for a few months (don’t take them down at night) and I think you will find them straight.

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