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niki

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2653 days ago

Good day

My power supply for all the hand power tools comes from the ceiling and the cord is sometimes “getting in the way”.

One day, I opened one of the drawers and I saw some 10 measuring tapes that I don’t use anymore….junk collector will remain junk collector…and I got the “click”.

If you wonder why I folded the tape a few times, it’s for two reasons;
1. The retracting spring is too weak at the end of the retraction and by folding the tape I got stronger spring force to hold and retract the cord.

2. By folding it I could bring it to the height of my extended hand and pull it down.

Regards
niki

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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2653 days ago

hahahah you amaze me!!
I just never know what you will be showing us next.
Brilliant as always!!
I think I could use this in my kitchen sometimes!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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scottb

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#2 posted 2653 days ago

You are one clever jock – a woodworking MacGuyver!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 2653 days ago

Snicker. But long before I’d use ‘em for structural materials I’d be cutting them apart for gauges on homebuilt jigs.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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niki

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#4 posted 2653 days ago

Thank you for your kind replies

Debbie
I wanted to use it in the kitchen but, my wife chucked me out with all my tapes (lol)

Dan Lyke
This is it, I used them for all my jigs and still many left over :)

Thanks
niki

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Dollarbill

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#5 posted 2652 days ago

Niki, You are a genius. I got a deal for you. How about I send you all my old junk, you build something with them and send 1/2 of the completed projects back to me.

I enjoy looking in the background of the pictures posted. You have as many spring clamps as I do (I use 34 at one time when I build my trout landing nets).

What is the critter next to your garage door opener that looks kinda like a hair dryer?

Keep up the great blogs.

Bill

-- Make Dust

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oscorner

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#6 posted 2652 days ago

There was an article that used a clothes line and shower curtain rings to hold an extension cord overhead to keep it off the floor. What happens when you need to measure something?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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woodspar

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#7 posted 2652 days ago

The number of ideas we come up with to solve problems never ceases to amaze me.

-- John

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niki

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#8 posted 2652 days ago

Thank you

Bill
No deal, my wife said that I have too much junk of myself and no need more…:)
The spring clamps are from the time I lived in Japan. The small, were 50 Cents each and the big $3 each….I could not leave them in the shop….
The critter is a 2” extension hose from my shop vac with reducer to 1¼” (the orange thingy) for use with my sanders, hand router, circular saw etc.

Oscorner
I’ve seen this article but I’m using AWG #10 running on the ceiling to this point that is the center of the garage and usually the tool cord is long enough for the rest.
When I need to measure I take my wife’s sewing measuring tape :)

Thanks
niki

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 2652 days ago

Pretty clever, you must dream a lot.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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niki

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#10 posted 2652 days ago

Thank you Dick

Yeh, I’m dreaming about new router, Festool saw, Domino and more but, like in a dream, it disappears once you wake-up…:)
Otherwise, I’m “accused” (by LOML) of being too rational.

On the other hand, I have a lot of free time and just look around the garage and think what I can improve to make my life easier (ah, those lazy guys)...:)

niki

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 2652 days ago

I have a lot of stuff accumulated over the years. You know, I think I might be able to use this someday
kind of stuff.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Drew1House

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#12 posted 2652 days ago

Dan… Cut the weaker pull end 4 feet off for your jig (great idea) and then use the spring for a cord retractor…

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Karson

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#13 posted 2650 days ago

Another of the infamous modifications to everyday stuff to make better stuff.

Good idea Niki.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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USCJeff

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#14 posted 2648 days ago

Love it. I was planning to buy one of those extension cord spools that automatically reel the cord. For the function, they aren’t cheap. I currently run the cord accross the ceiling and down a wall using staples. Your setup keeps it in the middle of garage.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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niki

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#15 posted 2648 days ago

Thank you all for your replies

USCJeff
A word about extension cords; Usually when it’s written that it’s good up to, say, 10 Amperes, that’s the very upper limit of the cord (you never know what is the AWG of the cord).
Never use it coiled, always open it to its full length.
When it’s coiled, the heat created cannot dissipate to the air, the insulation can melt and the rest of the story is very “black” (and dark).

Although we use here 230V and the Amperage required is half for the same HP, than USA, I still make my extension cords myself and use 1 or 2 AWG above the required one.

niki.

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