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Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 762 days ago 1835 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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762 days ago

I have got 100’ of heavy drop cord that I use out of my garage.

I also have 100’ of heavy drop cord that I use out of my shop.

I also have another cord that I sometimes use at a box that I had wired to a very remote part of our lot (2 acres).

I am tired of pulling and looping these cords onto the hose hangers I use to store them on.

I looked around the net and saw several reels that would accommodate my cords.

1. I was wondering how you guys were storing/using long (100/) drop cords?

2. Anyone make their own reels?

3. I think I will put up with pulling and looping rather than spending $150 on a reel

.............. But my wife has the same issues, and she is not as big or strong as I am.

Any ideas on how you folks are unwinding and reeling cords would be appreciated

p.s. The compressed air hose reel at Harbor Freight is a super buy and super product at $20.)

-- We must all walk our own green mile


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barecycles

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#1 posted 762 days ago

Here’s a reel I made for my air hose. I also made one for my extension cord but gave it away.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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ajosephg

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#2 posted 762 days ago

I use an old garden hose reel. Tie a knot around one of the spokes to leave a 4 or 5 foot long pig tail, then stretch the rest of the cord out on the drive or something. Start reeling it in and keep the pig tail to one side of the real and don’t let the rest of the cord get on top of it. That way you don’t have to unreel the whole thing to get to the pig tail. The hose reel I have even has wheels so you don’t have to carry the whole thing around

-- Joe

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Don W

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#3 posted 762 days ago

I’ve got a reel for my air hose as well in my shop photo’s. http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/workshop

It would work for a power courd but would need to be unplugged.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 762 days ago

I use a 5 gal. bucket. Cut a hole near the bottom for the male end. Stick it through from the inside and coil the rest inside.
Kinda heavy, but it keeps everything neatly in place without tangles.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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tenontim

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#5 posted 762 days ago

I have a 50’ cord that I use for outside of the shop work, and a few 25’ cords that I use in the shop. I have been looking at some cord reels, just to keep things a little tidier. Main concern is getting one with at least a 14 gauge wire, maybe even a 12. Amazon has some fair deals on some short length reels.

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#6 posted 762 days ago

A couple of you have made some pretty sexy reels. Looking good.

Joe, when you use your garden hose reel did you punch a hole into the “barrel” of the spool and then run the pigtail out? Otherwise, doesn’t the pigtail snap against the frame every time you spool it? I really like your idea of the garden spool.

Gene, I have seen a YouTube on that bucket idea. Maybe a possibility.

Thanks guys.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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#7 posted 762 days ago

Garden hose reel.

-- Bryan

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Sylvain

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#8 posted 762 days ago

Just a word of caution.
Always unwind completely the cord.
A fully winded cord smelt in about 30” when used at max amperage because heat can not dissipate in athmospher in such configuration.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#9 posted 762 days ago

Sylvain

I had never heard of that happening…...... ever.

It kinda makes sense though.

Has anyone else ever had this problem?

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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ajosephg

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#10 posted 762 days ago

C_Plus – A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are three thousand words.

Fully Wound, ready for storage

Partially Unwound, ready to plug in

Fully Unwound, ready to plug in

My memory was foggy on my original post. You can see here that I did NOT tie the cord around the spokes in the spool, but just around the cylinder part of the spool.

Yes, the pig tail flops around a bit when winding and unwinding. Just need to keep your face away, and keep it from getting caught in the gap between the frame and spool.

I have about 150 feet of 14 gauge cord on it. I’ve never had any problems with it getting hot, because the stuff I plug into it are light loads with a low duty cycle. But, Sylvain is 100% correct.

-- Joe

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#11 posted 762 days ago

Jeez, Joe, thanks for all the trouble of taking and posting pix. I cannot thank you enough. What a good guy,

I think this is the way I am going to go.

Again, thanks so much.

-- We must all walk our own green mile

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ajosephg

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#12 posted 762 days ago

Glad I could help. That’s what we’re about here!!

-- Joe

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